This great poster is making the rounds on the internet. If you click on the poster, the picture will enlarge so you can see it in full.
The vote was 68 to 31. She did pick up some Republican votes like retiring Sen. Kit Bond of Missiouri who said, "There's been no significant finding against her, there's been no public uprising against her. I will support her, I'll be proud for her, the community she represents and the American dream she shows is possible."
However, thirty-one Republicans would not confirm her appointment based on the "fact" - at least in their view - that she was . . . are you ready for this? . . .racist.
There is an interesting article in today's Religion Dispatches entitled Sotomayer, Evangelicals and Racism by Michael J. Altman.
You can read it all for yourself, but here's the quote that caught my attention:
"So, when Republicans cast Sotomayor as an activist judge because she acknowledges the social and institutional role of race in America they are adopting the same racism theory as modern Evangelicals. This is the beam shared by Evangelicalism and the GOP—the centrality of the individual. The individual is the locus for economic growth for fiscal conservatives and must be protected from the weight of society and its need for tax dollars; similarly, the individual is the locus for spiritual change and must find a one on one relationship with Jesus in order to dispense God’s grace into the world. Such an emphasis becomes problematic, however, when it begins to push the realities of our communal and social existence out of vision. When there becomes no racism, just racists."
It's an interesting perspective, one that I'm sure we'll be hearing more of in the days and months ahead. I'll certainly be considering it and writing about it in future blogs.
But now is the time for celebration. Her swearing-in, scheduled for Saturday, will be an historic occasion, sure to have special significance in the Hispanic community from which she came.
It's about time, my friends. It's about time.