A slap for the PC gang

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Simply a racist...

When President Obama nominated federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, ethnic advocacy groups praised the selection of the first Latino to the nation’s highest court.

Yet some political opponents, sought to downplay the nomination’s significance by pointing out that Benjamin N. Cardozo, who served on the Supreme Court in the 1930s, was born to parents who claimed Portuguese descent. So did that make him the first Latino?

The question since has been hotly debated in the blogs and other media. Then on Thursday, the Pew Hispanic Center issued a report that said Sotomayor, whose parents were Puerto Rican, is indeed the first Latino Supreme Court nominee. But the authors added that the category depends on how people define themselves, meaning that Cardozo might argue differently were he still alive.

Oh we’ve written about labels here before – the politically correct kind, the creating division between people kind – not to mention the altogether false labels that some will stoop to for their own personal agendas. And lest we never forget – America’s own affair with various special interest groups. Please see this article.

As for us, this entire notion of “the first Latina ever nominated to the Supreme Court…as well as only the third woman to ever be nominated for the Supreme Court…” is it wrong to conclude that this is about labeling rather than substance?

Obama, in an attempt to repay the millions of Hispanic voters back for their support in 2008, of course makes his selection based on ethnicity and gender. However, it seems now that Sonia Sotomayor’s record as a Judge is coming under a great deal more scrutiny – even more than Obama gave it.

Now just for the record

In a recent article, it was noted by many researchers and scholars that advocacy groups praised Sotomayor, a New-York born Puerto Rican, as the first Hispanic, which prompted political opponents to argue that Cardozo’s Portuguese heritage qualified him as the first Hispanic.

If that sounds confusing, consider the fact that “Hispanic” is a word made up by federal bureaucrats preparing for the 1980 U.S. census, in an attempt to categorize what was becoming an increasingly diverse population of residents with roots in “Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico” and other Spanish-speaking places, according to the Pew report.

“People didn’t really know what the word meant . . . and that seemed to be true of Hispanics and non-Hispanics,” according to Jeffery Passel.

By the mid-1980s, however, the term was used widely enough to make it into the Oxford English Dictionary, which partially defines it as “pertaining to Spain or its people.” The first definition in Webster’s New World is “Spanish or Spanish-and-Portuguese,” adding force to the argument that Cardozo was Hispanic.

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