identity politics and sotomayor

How we see the world is intimately tied to who we are.  The lens through which we see the world is made from the raw materials of personal history and background.  Those who have always known privilege will tend, more or less, to see and order the world from that framework.  Likewise, someone who has not experienced privilege will tend to order her or his world accordingly.  Therefore, identity politics should and must factor when considering appointees to high positions along with a host of other important factors.  Thus, I am okay with Obama’s emphasis on empathy in selecting Supreme Court appointee-Sotomayor.

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