Should Blacks Be Disappointed About Sotomayor?

Yes, Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s career reflects the kind of arc that should inspire us all. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep pushing for another black Supreme Court justice.

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Nevertheless, Judge Sotomayor’s nomination presents an opportunity for blacks to do what Latinos did when Justice Marshall sat on the court—celebrate and embrace the addition of a brilliant, experienced jurist who, whatever her race, can speak authoritatively about and to the experiences of the most marginalized members of our society.

Sherrilyn A. Ifill is a professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a civil rights lawyer.

GALLERY: What do black leaders think of Sotomayor?