Affirmative, Ricardo

June 23rd, 2009

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Page Editor Ricardo Pimentel wrote:

“Imagine this headline over a story about a Supreme Court nominee. “(Fill in name) rose on merit alone, viagra canada troche her allies say.” The headline, about Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor, ran recently in The New York Times. I don’t fault the newspaper for writing the story or the headline. What I’m calling attention to is why it had to. She’s Ivy League, summa cum laude and has much legal experience. This says “merit” to most folks, except, apparently, when (fill in the blank).

Let me take a shot a filling in the blank: “except, apparently, when” the person in question benefited from affirmative action which often lowers standards in the interests of racial preferences and thus casts doubt on the recipient’s true skills and talents.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rustmeister  |  June 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Or this:

    “the person then casts doubt on their ability to remain impartial after asserting the superior judgement of a “wise latina woman” over that of white males.”

  • 2. Billiam  |  June 23rd, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Funny how someone like Sotomayor is ‘qualified’ while a brilliant man like Bork was not. Nor was Estrada. Yet, we know that Sotomayor will recieve much better treatment than the Democrats afforded the other two. Never fails to amaze me.

  • 3. Rich  |  June 24th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    “…affirmative action which often lowers standards in the interests of racial preferences and thus casts doubt on the recipient’s true skills and talents.”

    Lies.

    There is NO DOUBT that there are no special Ivy League summa cum laude standards for minorities. She earned her grades with her “true skills and talents” just like any one else.

  • 4. Elliot  |  June 24th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I stand by what I said.

    Not that she DID benefit, but that affirmative action creates the impression that people of color are not held to the same standards.

    It’s an effect that Justice Thomas has bemoaned in his own life.

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