If a White Male Were to Make Such Racist Comments, He Would Have His Own Radio Show

I have a blog post up at The Moderate Voice about implied gender bias in a New York Times article about supposed concerns among SCOTUS watchers that Sonia Sotomayor’s so-called “sharp tongue” and “blunt style” raise “temperament” issues.

Well, now G. Gordon Liddy has launched a race- and gender-based attack on Sotomayor without bothering to be so subtle as to imply anything — he just puts his racism and misogyny right out there an inch from your face (emphasis in original):

Yesterday on his radio show, conservative host G. Gordon Liddy continued the right wing’s all-out assault on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. First, just like Tom Tancredo, Liddy slammed Sotomayor’s affiliation with the civil rights group La Raza — and referred to the Spanish language as “illegal alien“:

LIDDY: I understand that they found out today that Miss Sotomayor is a member of La Raza, which means in illegal alien, “the race.” And that should not surprise anyone because she’s already on record with a number of racist comments.

Finished with the race-based attack, Liddy moved on to denigrate Sotomayor’s gender:

LIDDY: Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.

Finally, Liddy disputed the entire idea that there’s anything wrong with the paucity of women and total lack of Hispanics on the Court:

LIDDY: And everybody is cheering because Hispanics and females have been, quote, underrepresented, unquote. And as you pointed out, which I thought was quite insightful, the Supreme Court is not designed to be and should not be a representative body.

There is some encouraging news, however: Most Senate Republicans are not buying the vile racist and sexist personal attacks that are flying around conservative activist circles:

A top Senate Republican is taking aim at recent statements from conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich suggesting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a “racist.”

“I think it’s terrible,” Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told NPR’s “All Things Considered” Thursday. “This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent.”

Both the popular radio host and former GOP House Speaker have suggested Obama’s pick for the high court is a racist while referencing a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which Sotomayor said, “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.”

In case you haven’t read it, the complete text of Judge Sotomayor’s 2001 speech is here.

7 Responses to “If a White Male Were to Make Such Racist Comments, He Would Have His Own Radio Show”

  1. Booogie-Mann says:

    Funny comment Kathy “If a White Male Were to Make Such Racist Comments, He Would Have His Own Radio Show” … some talk show hosts are talking tough … but are you willing to be serious and consider how Progressives would react had a Bush nominee claimed “White Men are better able to make sound judgments on the bench, compared to Latina Women”. Let’s test you intellectual honesty here …

    I’m concerned about this “La Raza” affiliation. Clearly a racist group, but we’ll see how deeply involved she is first.

    I’m willing to hear more from Soto, we’ve barely scratched the surface on her long record in Court. … but you can’t convince me that a Double Standard isn’t in play here … Progressives would NOT accept those types of comments from a White Guy, but for Soto it’s acceptable, instead claiming racism towards those who point out her own words!! That’s upside-down.

  2. Kathy says:

    but are you willing to be serious and consider how Progressives would react had a Bush nominee claimed “White Men are better able to make sound judgments on the bench, compared to Latina Women”. Let’s test you intellectual honesty here …

    That’s not what Sotomayor said. Not even close. Even taking that one sentence out of the context of the entire speech, she still did not write the equivalent of your hypothetical above.

    If you do read the entire speech (which I did), it becomes very clear that it’s not possible to understand Sotomayor’s meaning in that sentence unless you read AT LEAST the whole paragraph it’s part of, and much preferably, the entire text of the speech. Even I did not fully realize how much of a difference reading the whole speech makes. That lifted sentence doesn’t even appear until close to the end of the speech. If you read everything that comes before, I don’t see how it’s possible, in good faith, to take it as a statement that Latina women are superior to white males. It’s just not what she’s saying.

    And I have to say, now that I *have* read the entire speech, I think it’s incredibly shoddy and unprofessional for anyone in the media to quote just that one sentence by itself and responsibly speculate on what it might mean.

    but you can’t convince me that a Double Standard isn’t in play here.

    A double standard IS in play here — just not in the direction you believe. It’s obvious that a double standard is in play when Sotomayer can trigger an avalanche of hysteria over a sentence that is, at worst, ambiguous in its meaning if taken out of context, while G. Gordon Liddy, a convicted criminal and a sleazebag of the highest order, can show himself to be not only a woman-hater (women can’t make rational decisions when they’re menstruating) and not only a racist (La Raza is “illegal alien” for “The Race”), but also a laughably stupid fool and trigger no reaction at all. Sotomayor is 54 years old. I realize that’s giving Liddy’s comment too much credibility, but the fact remains that when he says he hopes there are no conferences when she’s menstruating, he’s being a sexist jackass and a biologically ignorant moron.

  3. Booogie-Mann says:

    Well I will go read the speech then, but still you avoided my comparison/question. Funny, how you and CFLF constantly take Conservative clips out of context … yet are soooo willing to give Sotomayor the benefit of the doubt here …

    Hey, I’m gonna brandish weapons and make racial slurs at the nearest polling place this November .. I wonder what MY punishment would be??
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/29/career-lawyers-overruled-on-voting-case/?feat=home_cube_position1&

  4. Booogie-Mann says:

    Well if you take Liddy seriously you must take Soto’s comments seriously as well … and she’s a bigot. I really doubt you ever listen to Liddy’s show, especially the one where he made those comments .. yet you’ll take the time to read Soto’s whole speech just to understand and defend the “context” of her statement (which seems really clear to most people). Quit making excuses for her bigotry while pointing fingers at other people. She proved her bigotry when she denied the White Connecticut Firefighters a chance in court!! This decision parallel’s her bigoted statement.

    There’s just no way around it based on the Standard Progressives have set. According to the Progressive standard set Soto is a Bigot!! But you guys want to have it both ways, you require a double standard for YOUR words, YOUR leaders. I could care less about Liddy, don’t even know where he can be found on the Radio and am sure you copied those comments from another Liberal hate site without the “context”. Soto, on the other hand wants to sit on our Supreme Court and make Judgments which affect ALL of us … her views and words are far more important than Liddy’s.

    Funny, you did the same thing to Liddy that you accuse GOP’ers of doing to Soto !! But hey Kathy, you can still support her as a Liberal, just admit that statement was wrongheaded. I’ll be looking to see what her record has been over the past 20 years, her writings, etc. Again, the La Raza affiliation is troubling as well, clearly a racist organization. I’ll wait to see what else we find out about her, but those comments are indefensible.

  5. Chance says:

    Liddy’s comments were offensive, that was pretty much the point. Sotomayor has stated that the experience of being a Latina woman will lead her to reach better conclusions than a white man. Liddy was pointing out that there may be elements of being a Latina and a woman that could lead to some poor decisions. Both statements are racist and sexist. Sotomayor made hers as an expression of her beliefs. Liddy made his to point out how sexist and racist those beliefs are.

  6. Booogie-Mann says:

    Well said Chance. I don’t care if so-called Progressives support this nomination, just don’t play like these statements aren’t bigoted … be intellectually honest and let’s move on.

  7. Booogie-Mann says:

    Kathy, even Obama admits (as much as he is able) that Soto’s comments were wrong:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090530/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_sotomayor

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