The most appalling thing about the conservative reaction to Sonia Sotomayor isn’t the particular bits of racism and bigotry directed towards her; it’s the way she’s being used to launch a broadside jihad against Hispanics and minorities as a whole. Case in point, Thomas Sowell:
Much is being made of the fact that Sonia Sotomayor had to struggle to rise in the world. But stop and think.
If you were going to have open-heart surgery, would you want to be operated on by a surgeon who was chosen because he had to struggle to get where he is, or by the best surgeon you could find — even if he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and had every advantage that money and social position could offer?
A more accurate (by which I mean “at all accurate”) version of this question would be: “Suppose you were going to have open-heart surgery, and you had the best open-heart surgeons in the world to choose from, any of whom can perform your surgery competently, accurately, and better than 98% of other surgeons in the world. Would you want to be operated on by someone who can empathize with you, understand what you’re going through in the middle of a life-changing surgery, or a total dick who believed that medicine should be pursued based on how it was performed nearly 250 years ago for no particular reason and with no particular realization that we live in a different world?”
I say the above because I am good at writing questions. My next question: Rather than discuss what Willis was talking about, why was Willis talking about it?
The modern conservative movement is fundamentally based around anger at liberals for existing. Every facet that defines being a liberal, particularly the cultural ones, is despicable. What this means is that when minorities more and more clearly align with the Democratic Party (and, presumably, liberalism, although the two concepts are often worlds apart), it creates a situation where the qualities that make those groups different must likewise make them evil. In 2003, Miguel Estrada was supposed to be the capstone of an outreach effort to Hispanics that would finally give conservatives a group of their own. And it failed. Not only did it fail, but it helped kick off years of anti-Hispanic sentiment that Estrada was supposed to help mask.
And now, we have Sotomayor becoming what Estrada was supposed to be – the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Because she is doing this, and because she is not doing this for the Republican Party, she must ergo be despicable…and so must everything about her. Her name is ridiculous, her culture false, her temperament spicy, yet lazy, like Speedy Gonzales before a cat shows up or a bad burrito, because that is what those Hispanexicans are.
I once said that conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed. You don’t even have to pretend to be conservative, or even have intend to failed it; you can have failed it simply by existing, and your entire being called into question by its deeply held core values of fuck your stupid face. If it wasn’t Sotomayor, it would have been another Hispanic, or another woman, but at some point, they would take the lessons they didn’t learn from criticism of Republican minorities and not put them into practice by denigrating entire groups because a single member of said group opposed them. And fun will be had by none. Especially those crazy Hispanics with their unpronounceable syllables and strange dark hair.