The Republican-led trial of soon-to-be Justice Sotomayor begins next week. The Republican attacks continue and they will continue race-based attacks in which they point out her memberships in civil rights groups, such as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Much like Chicanos have the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Puerto Rican community has a similar legal advocacy group which works to ensure equal rights under the law for that constituency and others of color. Whether it is lawsuits seeking equity in education funding, or as Fox News describes to their Anglo viewers, “she advised in the 1980s that brought several race discrimination lawsuits for minorities who challenged jobs or promotions given to white employees,” these legal advocacy groups serve a purpose–to ensure that America’s Promise remains intact.
Obviously, Fox News and the Republicans are attempting to play to the worse in America, those that whine and moan about non-existent things, such as “reverse racism.” Much like the American Civil Liberties Union, MALDEF and PRLDEF do not take just any case. There must be a viable violation of civil rights or law for them to become involved.
The right-wing in America despise any organization that works for equality, including groups like National Organization for Women, NAACP, and others representing constituencies. The Republicans are digging for gold and settling for whatever excrement that collects in their already dirty finger nails.
Bottom line: Attacks against civil rights groups by the right-wing are no different than the support those in the right-wing give white supremacy groups, such as the Minutemen, Border Watch, and other such groups. Obviously, Fox News supports them, and so do Republicans.
So, Sotomayor was an officer in PRLDEF? Wow! Imagine that. A Puerto Rican attorney that believes in equal rights under the law. Such a concept is scary to the right-wing. The rest of America can ignore the right-wing and support a good jurist.
Democrats have the votes to get Sotomayor on the Court, and most seem to agree that she will be confirmed. But the scorched earth game plan of the Republican Party is not only racist, it is a danger to America.