ON-Lion Letter
Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) in Falls Church, Va., testified in mid-July before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary's confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

"I testify today not as a wise Latina woman," Chavez began, "but as an American who believes that skin color and national origin should not determine who gets a job, promotion, or public contract, or who gets into college or receives a scholarship.

"It is clear from Judge Sotomayor’s record that she has drunk deep from the well of identity politics," she testified.  "I know a lot about that well, and I can tell you that it is dark and poisonous.  It is, in my view, impossible to be a fair judge and also believe that one's race, ethnicity, and sex should determine how someone will rule as a judge.  Yet, Judge Sotomayor has repeatedly said that race, ethnicity and gender are determinants of one’s point of view." 
 
Chavez's testimony is available online.  She is the author of several books, including Out of the Barrio:  Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation, and has also held a number of appointed positions, including chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education.

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