The hate mob on the right promotes images of minorities in America that are being shattered by Democratic advances.
One of the best things about the nomination of federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court - and there are many - is how strong a myth-buster it is.
This woman, born to Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx and poised to become a justice on the highest court in the land, puts another nail in the coffin of that perverse myth that few Latinos, blacks and Asian-Americans are capable of handling positions of responsibility, creativity and decision-making.
It started last November, and Sotomayor's nomination is another step in the same direction; a step racists are desparate to stop.
The biggest nail in that myth, of course, had been already hammered in by Barack Obama in November 2008. But old prejudices die hard, and even after his election as President, there are still those who maintain that people of color - let alone immigrants - don't have what it takes to succeed in lofty positions. We have heard the excuse many times: "I'd love to hire more minorities but I can't find any with the skills that the job requires."
Translation: You are either a member of a minority or a trustworthy and capable person - but you cannot be both.
That's why the image of an African-American President nominating the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court last Tuesday at the White House was so powerful. Beyond their race, ethnicity or gender, both President Obama and Sotomayor attained such heights by sheer intelligence, drive and perseverance.
Proving the liars on the right are wrong is a natural course of events now that Bush and Cheney are no longer in power, and the right wing racists within the Republican Party are livid at the progress our country is making at shattering these stereotypes. That's the reason they are attempting to keep Sotomayor off the bench.
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