Sotomayor Disappoints on Race

By Daisy Hernandez Jun 05, 2009

I want to love La Sonia but…NPR’s Nina Totenberg has the disturbing details on the future Supreme Court judge’s voting record. Sigh.

In another case involving a black couple bumped from an American Airlines international flight, Sotomayor said their race discrimination claim was clearly trumped by an international treaty governing airline rules. It matters not, she said, that her ruling might mean airlines could discriminate on a wholesale basis and that there would be no legal recourse. The treaty’s language is clear and it is not for the courts to make policy, she said, adding that if policy is to be changed, Congress or federal agencies must do it.