Saturday, July 11, 2009

Senate Republicans put their Racism on Display for Sotomayor

In the following few sentences from the AP story below, try and find one issue you would consider out of the mainstream, when it comes to defending the rights of people, in this case the Latino community.

AP- Cesar Perales has fought his share of critics over the years, in legal battles for minorities denied jobs, bilingual classes in schools and more Latino police officers. "You have a reputable group that has stood up for the civil rights of Latinos for 37 years," said Perales, the group's president. "To suddenly be accused of being something bad, and that anyone associated with it should not be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court, to me is shocking."

Conservatives have called the group's stances on capital punishment and abortion rights, as well as its advocacy of affirmative action in worker discrimination cases, "extreme" and "shocking."

Incredible isn’t it? For Republicans, opposition to capital punishment, support for affirmative action in worker discrimination cases and abortion rights is shocking and extreme. You would thinks it’s exactly the opposite. Oh yeah, in right wing land, everything iIS the opposite.

Some have suggested Sotomayor's longtime association with the group is an indication that she is biased and would be unable to render impartial decisions as a Supreme Court justice. Perales and two other attorneys founded the fund, modeled (their group) after one of the most high-profile civil rights organizations in the
country, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
You might have heard the GOP refer to the NAACP as that “commie” organization.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, used the word "extreme" to describe the PRLDEF's views on capital punishment and race. Sessions' aides also raised concerns about ties with the
community activist group ACORN. Perales said his group and ACORN were
associated in one lawsuit that dealt with low-income tenants, an area of interest for both organizations. PRLDEF's primary function has been to use existing law to work toward ensuring equal opportunity.

Some people "think Latinos ought not avail themselves of their rights," Perales said. "I interpret what is going on as really amounting to Latinos don't have a right to form a civil rights organization and they don't have a right to bring lawsuits to protect their interests."

They forgot to mention George Soros. It will be a jaw dropping experience to watch the Republican Racist Party during Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearings.

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