Saturday, May 30, 2009
A young girl is raised in a Bronx housing project by poor dedicated parents who tell her she can be anything she wants when she grows up. It happens all over the United States. Parents of every background face challenges they must overcome and only hope the best for their bright-eyed, curious children. Some of us are raised with the idea that race is not an issue, but for sadly, sometimes it becomes one. The same young girl now a young woman goes off to Princeton and feels out of place in a world she knows little. She hangs in there, makes friends, finds out where she belongs, and thrives to complete her studies and than goes off to another elite school for her law degree. She continues on her fantastic journey, joining groups like the Puerto Rican Bar Association and claiming her cultural background as an asset along the way. Then, as life has it, the universal spotlight is on her great achievements and the future good she may do for a greater legal purpose. Now the hard working and brilliant woman is called a racist because she believes these particular struggles in life sometimes create a person able to see clearer then those who may not have had such obstacles. Is she racist? I think it is sad. I have known of Judge Sonia Sotomayor since 2005 when her name was floating out there as a possible Supreme Court Justice. Judge Samuel Alito was honored with the seat, but since then I have hoped for the time when the country would proudly honor Judge Sotomayor's journey. Her appointment and hopefully future confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court illustrates the American story that built this country. It's the right time and she's the right person. She has earned her place in history.