[lg policy] How Judge Sotomayor's Second Language Does Make Her More Qualified Than the Average White Guy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 14 18:36:15 UTC 2009

 Forwarded  From:  edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

The Huffington Post

How Judge Sotomayor's Second Language Does Make Her More Qualified
Than the Average White Guy

Unlike many of her white classmates, and colleagues, Sotomayor has had
to be fluent in multiple languages to make her way in the world. The
languages I am referring to are not English and Spanish. I am
referring to the additional cultural languages that those of us who
are minorities learn to speak at our Ivy-league universities, or in
the workplace or at a cocktail reception or on the golf course or at
the country club. For some minorities making the transition from their
ethnically, racially and economically segregated communities at home,
into their predominantly white, predominantly middle and upper class
colleges and universities, can feel a lot like heading to a foreign
country. (I can imagine that going from a Bronx housing project to
Princeton like Judge Sotomayor did, would be enough of a culture shock
that one might feel the need for a Frommer's travel guide).

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