Sotomayor is smart, forthright, fearless and confident. Like any highly successful minority woman in a highly competitive profession, she’s had to be better than many of her male and white colleagues to get ahead (a fact that makes even more galling the efforts to paint Judge Sotomayor’s intellect as mediocre).
We’ve got months to mull over the politics of Judge Sotomayor’s selection. Today, let’s celebrate the significance of this nomination; not just for Latinos, but for an America moving closer to its promise of equality.
Sherrilyn A. Ifill is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and a civil rights lawyer.