The media are trumpeting the president’s “historic” choice of a hispanic woman for the Supreme Court. That’s all well and good, and congratulations to Judge Sotomayor (though hispanics are so mainstream it’s hard to see them as an oppressed minority needing special treatment).
Aren’t we supposed to be a color-blind society by now, judging people, as Dr. King famously said, “by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin”? I’d feel better if people were talking about her qualifications, philosophy, and temperament than about her sex and ethnic group. The position of high court justice is too important to be given over to an affirmative action hire.