Historic Photo of the Day: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


In August 2009, when Sonia Sotomayor became the “first Hispanic member” of the US Supreme Court, it was hailed as a Hispanic milestone.  

Sonia basked in the admiration of family, friends, Pres. Obama and Joe Biden.

Judge Sotomayor

The following year, Citizens United v. FEC turned the US government into an auction house.

This year, Puerto Rico is about to go bankrupt – but it cannot declare bankruptcy, because the US Congress refuses to allow it.

If this bankruptcy mess appears before her Court, Sotomayor will need to be more vocal and persuasive than in the Citizens United fiasco.

A Hispanic “first,” who can’t do anything for other Hispanics, is a very sad thing to see.


2 Comments on “Historic Photo of the Day: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

  1. Yes. It’s hard to believe that someone like Sotamayor accepted this post. The job which she accepted is the largest of all stakeholder jobs as it relates the upholding of the U.S. Constitution. Interestingly, and sadly, the U.S. Constitution has never really applied to P.R. as it does on the mainland. How could she not know this? One has to wonder that not having been born and raised on the island would not have seriously altered her current perspective… Hmmm. A Nuyorican cannot be categorized together with a born/raised islander. Their experiences growing up would be likely be ( profoundly ) significantly different. But, maybe the U.S. Gov. was attempting to pass her off as a “P.R. is a P.R. is a P.R”. Lump ’em all together.. No one will notice. Even today, the vast majority of U.S. citizens don’t know the difference; and neither do they care. So it works, the way it was designed to work. In my humble opinion. Were there NO similarly qualified female P.R. candidates whom were P.R. born/raised??

    Sotamayor, in my view would have made a greater contribution ( as a “representative” P.R. ) to not just MAINLY the islander P.R.s, but to the the U.S. and the Constitution by having waived the job offer and stipulating her reasons ( to a wide-open press corps with lot’s of subsequent interviews ), that would have included the aforementioned; by having raised the issue. That form of leadership/inspiration may have certainly empowered the islander’s resolve to improve their situation. Sotamayor could have then moved on to potentially more rewarding work..one could argue.


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