Sotomayor Overturned by Supreme Court in Ricci Case 5-4
Breaking News! The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has overturned Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, also candidate for the soon to be vacant seat on the SCOTUS, in the Ricci case out of New Haven, CT involving the white fire-fighters who were discriminated against.
This complicated case was brought by the white firefighters who had scored the highest scores on the exam given for a promotion by the Fire Department. Because only 2 Hispanics and no Blacks scored high enough for the promotion, the city voided the exam due to fears of being sued. The broader issue of racial discrimination against ethnic minorities and the other issues of racial quotas or affirmative action and reverse discrimination are also involved.
I think that there was a time in this country when affirmative action and racial quotas may have been helpful. But those kinds of laws are inherently dangerous because they too are racist. Our civil service and private industries should be meritocracies. If black or hispanic firefighters had scored well enough on the exams to get the promotions, and then were denied because of race, that would have been a legitimate problem.
What does this mean for Sonia Sotomayor’s chances of getting on the SCOTUS? I think it helps the case of the Republicrats who can point to her excessively large number of cases that have been overturned by the SCOTUS as being hard evidence that she is not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. I believe that it also points out that, along with the things she has said about hispanics and whites, that she may have some racist views that should disqualify her from the top Court position. Her membership in La Raza alone ought to do that.
All in all, this looks like a good call by the Supreme Court and another black eye for Obamasky.