Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing – Are the White Boys Kidding?

Centuries of faces of white men gazed at me with eyes never questioning the exclusivity of their power club. These faces displayed in the “Fathers of Our Country” exhibit at the Portrait Gallery in Washington DC tell the story of the history of the right to power in America. Where are the Mothers of Our Country, hum? The exhibit makes a mockery of the Republican “white boys” badgering of Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, for her “Latina woman” comment.

Bill Maher’s  joke on Hardball that “because the problem for too long is Puerto Rican women have had their boot on the neck of white men” adds a bit of humor to the obvious bs bone picking questioning by the likes of white boys Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), brain trust Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). By the way, Orrin Hatch fell all over himself to kiss Judge “Uncle” Thomas’ ass when he was accused (with sound documentation- “Anita Hill Speaking Truth to Power”) of sexually harassing Anita Hill . But hey, Thomas is a Republican male. Sorry Anita, women didn’t get the vote until the 19th Amendment in 1920. The vote was bestowed on African American men (again, by the white boys club) with the 15th Amendment in 1870.

The white boys have in the past, and still do, maintain a majority of seats of power in government and business. The Republican white boys, especially in the South, are determined to hold on to every little scrap of power they can. The suitability of women to hold office, be astronauts, firefighters, corporation leaders, soldiers, practically every position that men hold, has been and still is argued. The resistance is a little more tacit, a little more cleverly couched in a civil tone of concern, but alive and well just the same. White boys, especially Southern white boys, have the power and they like it. Like the average toddler asked to share a toy, these boys aren’t sharing without kicking and screaming.

The lack of substantive questioning by the likes of Sessions, Graham, and Hatch  is unworthy of the positions they hold. Come on boys ask the girl something tough. She can obviously take it.  CalGal


One Comment

  1. Posted July 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Why are you making this into a racial issue when it’s not? Funny how often liberals pull the race card instead of talking about issues.

    It may be hard for you to understand, but is IS possible to oppose someone based on values and principle rather than race.

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