Interesting post from Ace of Spades HQ. Some Excerpts…
The idea seems to be out there that Trump espied this Swarthy Latin Type from across the room and said, “Ah-ha! This man has a dusky hue to his skin. Ergo, he could never possibly do his job with objectivity!”
… the liberals and their #NeverTrump valkyries sure talk as if this is what happened, that Trump just saw this guy, detected a Hispanic heritage, and decided he must be bad at his job.
But of course that isn’t what happened at all.
Trump’s been dealing with this guy for a year. Trump thinks this guy is biased because of his decisions — Trump has inferred bias from his decisions, not his race.
This process finds bias first, and then only comes across race as a backwards-explanation for a conclusion already reached.
Racism goes from race to conclusion about the person.
This algorithm went from a conclusion about the person first — the judge is biased! — and then seeks a premise to support it.
Very different thing.
If I looked at Toure on MSNBC and without hearing a word from him said “This guy is a black radical! I can tell! Just look at him! He’ll never give white people a break!” that would indeed be racist.
On the other hand, if I listen to Toure for a show or two and detect what is very evident — that he is an ultra-leftist of the black nationalist bent — and ergo is biased, that is not “racism.”
That’s simply fact.
And from a 2009 NYT article:
In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”
… “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
… “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said, for jurists who are women and nonwhite, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
If judges (and by extension jurists) are ALWAYS impartial, then
- Why do defendants request a change in venue in court cases?
- Why is it important to get more black judges on the bench?
- Why do judges influence other judges?
I’m not commenting on the whether there is bias or not, but more on the hypocrisy of those who say that Mr. Trump can’t express concern about possible bias and opine on what may cause said bias.