To Be or Not To Be
Supreme Court Judge:Sonia Sotomayor
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright
There has been a lot of debate over the qualifications and
character of the nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor. To be or
not to be Supreme Court judge that is the national question.
The up and coming confirmation of the Puerto Rican judge from
the Bronx has refueled the issue of who is and who is not
qualified to be United States Supreme Court Judge. Her critics
have questioned her integrity and vision, yet they admire
her tenacity at the Senate Hearings.
Although in terms of curriculum vitae, she is overqualified---her
critics continue to question decisions she made as Federal
District judge and as judge at the US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Many have questioned the influence that her ethnicity and
humble backgrounds may have in future judicial decisions.
The United States has made its forefathers proud with the
election of President Barack Obama, but his choice for Supreme
Court Judge really has taken liberty and justice for all to
the next level of American understanding. No doubt, she is
a woman and a Latina.
To top all that, her parents were part of one of the most
massive immigration movements in American history, precisely
fostered by the Puerto Rican government’s ties to the American
government in the early 1900’s which granted them U.S. citizenship
and the right to enter the U.S. without having a passport.
Sotomayor’s parents made the journey inspired by the so-called
American dream, and the opportunities their children would
have in New York City. Her mother worked day and night while
Sonia and her brother did what they did best : get an education.
More than just a story, Sotomayor’s appointment brings down
stereotypes that were ingrained in the minds of the American
public with West Side Story’s (1957 Broadway play) prejudiced
portrayal of the Latina woman. Hollywood has made a living
off the bias depiction of the easy-slut and close-minded Latina
woman. The Senate Hearings are underway, and some U.S. Senators
will use a magnifying glass to look closely at any little
detail that will make Sotomayor unworthy of the highest appointment
bestowed upon any attorney in the United States. The truth
is that she is worthy beyond any reasonable doubt. Even Shakespeare
would rethink his famous “to be or not to be” quote in light
of what will come down in American history as one of the most
“justified” nominations to the Supreme Court of all time.