Should Elena Kagan's Minority Status Matter?

Jenny Erikson

jenny eriksonSolicitor General Elena Kagan is busy this week being grilled by Senators in confirmation hearings before being rubber-stamped into the United States Supreme Court. With the majority being held by the Democrats, President Obama's pick is practically a shoo-in.

Ms. Kagen will be the second justice nominated to the highest bench in the land by President Obama; the first was "wise Latina" Sonia Sotomayor. Side note: Sotomayor is extremely fun to say out loud. Try it. Super-fun, isn't it?

Back to the topic at hand -- Elena Kagan. More specifically, the fact that she's a woman. The second woman appointed by the first black president. Extra points for Sotomayor though, since she has the whole Latina factor too. Although, if you believe the rumors, Kagan has the gay thing going for her.

All of which I really don't care about. I don't care that there's a Latina on the Supreme Court. I don't care about a woman taking John Paul Stevens's place on the bench. I don't care that there's a black man in the White House.

What I care about is that we have the most liberal President in our history so busy trying to spread our wealth around that he can't be bothered to lift the Jones Act so that we can get some international help in the Gulf of Mexico.

It concerns me that we have a supremacist sitting on the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor has said on multiple occasions that her upbringing as an Hispanic woman would cause her to come to better conclusions than those of white males. She believes that she's better than someone else, based on the color of her skin. That's brown supremacy, and it has no place in today's United States, let alone on the Supreme Court.

I care that Kagan participated in the distortion of scientific facts in order to make sure that women would have the right to kill their wriggly, squirmy fetuses in the 8th month of pregnancy. Believe what you want about abortion, but don't make up your own facts to support your positions.

Even if these were people whose ideologies I supported, I don't like the big fuss over labels like Latina, woman, black, gay, or insert-historically-repressed-group-of-choice-here. To celebrate a woman coming onto the Supreme Court simply because she's a woman implies that women are still oppressed.

For a society that's supposed to represent equal opportunity, we sure spend a lot of time focusing on what doesn't matter (skin color and gender) and not enough time on things that do -- experience and ideology.


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