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    Posted July 13, 2009 by
    Houston, Texas
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    Sotomayor's confirmation

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    Associate Judge Sotomayor – Change That the Country and Supreme Court Needs


    For generations the Supreme Court has only had four diverse members (2 women and 2 African-American men). At this time in our nation’s history the Senate has a chance to confirm Sotomayor, a woman who is intelligent, educated, gifted, experienced, and more than qualified to take her place on the Supreme Court. Research reveals that Justice Sotomayor has more federal judicial experience than any justice appointed to the Court in the last 100 years.

    All of us should be proud of Sotomayor and her accomplishments and more importantly we should be proud to be Americans because we have made great progress in this country.  As Americans we should celebrate the fact that Justice Sotomayor’s diverse background (she is Hispanic) and presence on the Supreme Court will make more of us feel a sense of fairness, justice, and equality from the Judicial Branch of our government.

    As an African-American it is my hope and prayer that those who will attempt to deny and/or delay Sotomayor’s confirmation will remember Senator McCain’s past campaign slogan “To Put Country First.” Our nation is facing unprecedented perils at home and abroad. The recent election turmoil in Iran should remind all of us those elections have consequences, President Obama won. Sotomayor is his nominee. As president Obama has more on his plate than any president in modern history. Therefore, the Senate should put America first. During the confirmation hearing Justice Sotomayor should be treated fairly and confirmed in a timely manner by the Senate


    Vera Richardson

    Author of “A Case of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Real or Imagined.”



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