Does One Wise White Man Equal One Wise Latina?

The Judge Sonia Sotomayor Senate hearings have largely been a non-event. Some senators fawned, some pressed for clarification, and others cried, but the one thing we cannot doubt is that the Democrats have the votes to confirm her as a Supreme Court justice in August.

Throughout the questioning, Sotomayor equivocated, hedged, and obfuscated over a blatantly racist and sexist remark she once made: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Unfortunately, it was no one-timer. She reiterated these same views on several occasions over the years and, since the public became aware of her stance on the superiority of her ethnicity, support for her has plummeted. However, none of this matters in the context of the Alamo that is politically correct America.

In 2009, our society is so contaminated and corrupted by PC that when a person correctly identifies a member of a minority group as being a racist, they quickly experience a boomerang effect -- wherein the same charge comes careening back at them. This is illogical and sinister but remains an apt description of the present state of affairs.

Some commentators went beyond defending Sotomayor’s character, as did one pundit on CNN. Washington Post contributing editor Cathy Areu took a more brazen approach than simple evasion. During a segment that should go down in the annals of media bias, a discussion commenced with three leftists appearing onscreen and not a single conservative to be found in the studio.

It concerned the presumed unfairness of Judge Sotomayor not being herself during the hearing. Ms. Areu not only informed viewers that Judge Sotomayor’s answers were largely confabulations but also that there was nothing wrong with the incendiary proclamations she originally made.

The young journalist left no doubt that being a sick racist is not only socially acceptable but even in vogue: “No,” she said in response to the host’s inquiry as to whether Sotomayor really meant to back down from past statements. “As a wise Latina, I can tell you, no, she’s not backing down. And she probably would want to say, not only do I mean a wise Latina, I meant any Latina could make a better decision than a white man could.”

Few quips from mainstream media flunkies raised my blood pressure more than that one. Yet her dubious insight raises some obvious questions. First, what is the basis for the belief that any female Hispanic is smarter than any white male? Is there evidence for it? Second, do white males fair poorly when juxtaposed with scores from mentally retarded Latinas? Third, are Caucasians, on aggregate, the stupidest people on earth? Fourth, if not, would she place blacks and Asians in the category of untermenschen as well?

You know, the term “feminazi” has long been derided by the Left, but it is the perfect word to describe the woman who places her own ethnicity above all others. Of course, conservatives have long known that fascism is a movement of the political Left, so it is helpful that Ms. Areu came along to elucidate this truth for everyone.