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Monday, May 4, 2009
President Obama vowed that he would replace retiring Justice Souter with an "independent" legal mind...But for the past 48 hours the talk is how to make the Supreme Court look more like America... Out of the hundreds of people who have served as a Justice of the Supreme Court, there has been 2 African-Americans, 2 women, no Hispanics, no Asians, no Arabs, no Native Americans, and no openly gay or lesbian Justices... I don't believe in identity politics for the sake of identity politics... Having someone like Clarence Thomas as the "African-American Justice" does not benefit the Supreme Court or the African-American community... However, just as different practice backgrounds lend something to the court, the different life experiences that minorities still face in this country also adds something to the court when facing tough issues like what additional remedies for discrimination are still needed... There is, of course, also the political benefit to the Democratic party of naming the first Asian or Native or Hispanic Justice to the Supreme Court...The president gave no word on the nominee's gender, but the odds that he will pick a woman are better than 50-50...Like I stated only two women have ever sat on the court, and right now Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only lady justice... Still, President Bush faced the same situation and he nominated two men to the court during his term...So my question: Should gender be left out of the equation or be on the list of qualifications for Supreme Court Justice? What about "Race"? Race nor gender matters to me as long as whom ever it is meets the qualification for Supreme Court Justice...We no The Supreme Court decides on a number of issues in it's terms that have nothing to do with just one thing... For the most part the cases come out of the court have to do with real law.