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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sotomayor is a member of La Raza

There was a comment asking if I had something besides the WND article showing that Sotomayor is actually a member of La Raza.

I'm glad you asked because as a matter of fact I do. I spent almost 5 minutes on google and found this profile on the American Bar Association website.

This was in 2000, so she may well have dropped her membership. If so it was probably in the last 24 hours.

I also saved a copy of the webpage and did a print screen of it in case they pull that page down or edit it.


Anonymous said...

They mentioned that on Fox News as well, but in a way that implied it really didn't matter. Maybe they don't know the basic philosophy and goals of La Raza?

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I've never heard of La Raza but I doubt it's really common here in Vermont. May be a lot of other people didn't realize what it was?

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

This says it's a civil rights organization:


Someone want to give some more information for those of us who live in an area this isn't that common in?

Bitmap said...

One interpretation of La Raza is "The Race". Some have claimed that one of their goals is to take Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California and creating Aztlan, the mythical "Hispanic" homeland.

Here are a couple of links:





I believe there is some confusion between "The National Council of La Raza" and the idea of "La Raza" and possibly other organizations under the name "La Raza". I question whether or not the confusion is accidental. The NCLR is generally called "La Raza" in the news here on TV, the radio or in print.

I also find that NCLR is a very left-leaning organization. They may dispute the claim that they support illegal immigration, but they oppose LEOs being allowed to inquire about the immigration status of people they stop, they oppose voters being required to show a state-issued photo ID before voting, they oppose cities fining landlords for renting homes to illegals, they support amnesty for illegals, they support cities and states being required to offer spanish language versions of all official forms. You get the idea.

p2l said...

You are talking apples and rotten oranges.

La Raza is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.

Whites don't need organizations to fight racism, since they are the majority and are unaffected by it as a whole. their race-based orgs are founded on their concepts of superiority and hatred of others, similar to the Nazis...

If whites ever experienced racism as the despised minorities do in the US, the rightwingers would promptly fall over dead from heart attacks and the whining and moaning would be deafening. They couldn't take it.

Nomad said...

Why is it that the left can be extremely racist as long as its direct to the whites. No one questions direct prejudice aimed at European Americans. If Imus was making fun of a B-ball team from Appalachia he never would have loss his job. Think not, why does Jamie Fox still have a job after the things he said about the little girl, Miley Cyrus? It's a double standard I tell ya!

Brad K. said...

One incident of discrimination occurred while I was in US Navy Electronics Technician Class "A" School, Great Lakes, IL.

In the middle of term, a handful of students were unexpectedly added to our class. The new guys - all guys - had flunked from the Navy Nuclear Power school. From comments they made, three of them, at least, planned their failure deliberately, to avoid making their enlistment a six-year active duty obligation.


During lunch break one day, the sole black student in our class, one of the Nuke dropouts, walks by my open barracks door - "I am being so discriminated against."

The discrimination that I saw was the same as the rest of us faced - finish labs, complete assignments, make it to class on time and in correct uniform. It seems that all of these were particular challenges for the apparently educated gentleman.

I don't dispute the guy's feelings. He may, perhaps, have been referring to something other that the issues that seemed visible in his life. I do know that in the Navy, getting the obvious squared away to expectations usually made the other stuff more manageable.

In civilian life? It doesn't usually work that way. The chain of responsibilities in a non-military organization don't link up, or parade, the way they did in the Navy. There are fewer tools for correcting abuses, and the effectiveness varies.

What I will say, is there is a lot of confusion between race and culture. Race, gender are inherited. Culture is taught, or adopted, and consists of personal and community choices about values, about activities and what comprises wisdom. The Constitution quite deliberately doesn't protect cultural choices.

Way back when the US was considered a "melting pot" the melting had to do with culture. Newly arrived immigrants often collected into communities with similar backgrounds - cultures. When they assimilated into the dominant US culture, they traded what they knew for mainstream American life. As far as I can see, this is the benefit of America, the invitation to all, to share in the dominant culture.

It isn't about white guys and European Americans. A common law, a common government, a common language so that every voter can hear the candidate speak directly, can read the laws and publications for themselves.

I understand "minority" leaders that prefer to keep their pet community captive, allowing them to "interpret" issues to maintain their (non-governmental, unregulated) positions of authority and power. But that is a disservice to everyone living in America.

I lived a time in California, 1984-1989, and recall a bumper sticker. "Welcome to California. Now go home." Nice, cooperative sentiment, I thought.

When I lived in Denver, 1989-1993, there were several waves of people moving from California to Colorado. This frustrated many people born and raised in Colorado - because the ex-Californias seemed to want to re-create the California they fled, with high taxes, intrusive government. The Colorado expression describing the event was "Californication". This was a cultural clash, including people of all races that left California for opportunity or to escape punitive government and taxes.

So I get concerned when people, apparently like Sotomayor, intend to impose their culture, unmodified, on others. And manipulate the discussion by crying "race" and discrimination.

Uh, getting used to the US Navy way seemed to be a cultural clash for about everyone.vat

milton f said...

Good post, Bitmap.

Dropped in via TSLRF (thanks TOR). I understand the *potential* difference between La Raza and the National Council of La Raza, but believe that to be just a smokescreen.

Buuuuut, how likely is it that an Hispanic person in the public service would not be a member? Obviously, a whole lotta questions need to be asked of her. Thanks, again.


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