First Hispanic?

June 4, 2009

Racial ruling looms large for Sotomayor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the first Hispanic nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has been praised as a trailblazer in her field but race-based hiring practices will likely loom large at her confirmation hearings.

This in fact is a false statement and needed to be corrected. She is the first FEMALE Hispanic not the first Hispanic. The first Hispanic was Justice Benjamin Cardozo, who was nominated by Pres. Hoover. Please see that this is corrected.


There has been a good deal of discussion about this point, and a number of major news organizations are describing Sotomayor in the same way we do. Cardozo’s ancestry appears to have been Portuguese, and my online dictionary defines Hispanic as being of Spanish or Latin American descent.


Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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ok, why is she here?

Posted by Unknown | Report as abusive

Why should Ms Sotomayor’s ethnicity be an issue at all?Where her name comes from is not the issue here.The one and only issue is if she is qualified for the position. Anyone even remotely mentioning a race, gender, age and such is already creating a segregation.

Posted by John Abramyan | Report as abusive