In the New York Times, Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court as the “first Hispanic” justice is being discussed here, here, and here. Far from being irrelevant, Sotomayor’s race, ethnicity and gender are everything that matters in Barack Obama’s “postracial” America. It is celebrated as a source of pride for the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. The other major angle of the story is whether or not Republican opposition to her nomination will manifest in a backlash by Hispanics against the GOP.
This is pure identity politics. It is a reminder of the anti-White multiculturalist hypocrisy at the heart of American culture: only White racial pride, only White racial consciousness is pathological and illegitimate; in stark contrast, non-White racial pride, non-White racial consciousness is lauded and celebrated. In the name of “diversity,” non-Whites are promoted over Whites on purely racial grounds, even though non-discrimination is supposed to be our highest moral principle.