March 10, 2013

In discussing President Obama’s diverse nominations for federal judgeships, John S. Rosenberg [letters, March 7] said that he wants justice to be “blind” rather than “seen through race-, ethnicity- and sex-tinted lenses.”

Presidents should always appoint the best-qualified judges and assure that they have proven track records of seeking fairness for all. When President Obama is “moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary” [“Obama remolds federal bench,” front page, March 4], is he discriminating, as Mr. Rosenberg suggested? When he appoints the first South Asian, the first Asian American lesbian, and the first openly gay black man to judgeships, is he discriminating? No, he is overturning generations of discrimination.

Truth be told, we all see matters through our individual lenses. We all collect information from birth that is unique to each of us and influenced by our circumstances. Just look at how the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 votes often fall predictably along ideological lines. Do some justices see through tinted lenses and others not?

History teaches us that too much inbreeding of thought and power by one race or one gender will suppress justice. No group can set a standard for lens-free objectivity. Diversity cultivates a greater measure of justice for all.

Edward M. Meyers, Washington