A Senate Double Standard for Sonia Sotomayor

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The July 13 front-page article "Hearings Not Just About Sotomayor," said of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: "How she answers the questions of Republican panel members . . . will help determine whether charges from her critics persist about her ability to apply the law fairly, without a bias toward any group."

What an astounding double standard.

Has any white man or white woman, during Supreme Court confirmation hearings, been asked whether being Caucasian makes him or her unable to apply the law without bias in cases involving people who are not Caucasian?

Has any male Supreme Court nominee ever been asked whether he can apply the law without bias, since more than half of the U.S. population is female?

It would be nice to see women and people of color being treated like full citizens held to the same standards as everyone else. Maybe someday, but clearly not yet.

AMY E. LESEN

New Orleans

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