Wednesday, May 27, 2009

food for thought

Because it made me think....

It’s crass to mention race, unless you’re holding it against someone

One of the most fascinating things about watching the identity politics meltdown on the right after Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination is the blithe assumption that men don’t have a gender and white people don’t have a race. It’s the sort of thing people talk about a lot in abstract theoretical terms, but now you’re seeing it play out in real life.

Example #1:
“Judge Sotomayor is a liberal activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important than the law as written,” said Wendy E. Long, counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative group. “She thinks that judges should dictate policy and that one’s sex, race and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.”

And example #2, from Senator Inhofe:
In the months ahead, it will be important for those of us in the U.S. Senate to weigh her qualifications and character as well as her ability to rule fairly without undue influence from her own personal race, gender, or political preferences.
Of course, white men utilize undue influence, called privilege, of their race and gender all the time. But as the above comments demonstrate, people don’t see it that way, because we’re conditioned to think of white men as having neither race nor gender.

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