Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why Sonia Sotomayor is awesome


Porque si se puede that's why. She is living the American Dream (even though she is from Puerto Rico). But the American dream isn't about "immigration" and who is a citizen or not, it's about coming to the United States from a "poor" family with nothing and working hard to achieve something not a lot of people can.

According to a Phila. Daily News article, "the twofer in this case is (1) a powerful message on "the American dream" and (2) a show of impressive political skill."
The judge's story - parents from Puerto Rico, raised in a South Bronx housing project, father died when she was 9, mom worked two jobs, scholarship to Princeton, Law Review at Yale - is another Obama-like "yes we can" life lesson.
Although we need to realize we shouldn't wait until something like this happens, it proves to millions of uneducated Latinos that if there's a will there's a way. I have tried relentlessly to tell people of all ages that you just have to put your mind to it. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, it can happen, you just have to look for it yourself and then be ready to work as hard.

In a Phila. Inquirer article, many of the area's Latinos are ecstatic about Sotomayor's nomination. Nelson Diaz, a former administrative judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, says, "I think kids in North Philadelphia should now say: 'I have no limitations on my life. There's no reason why I can't be a judge or a lawyer or a doctor or whatever I want to be.' "

So there it is. That's why Sotomayor is awesome.
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