A Remix: From the Bodega to the Bench: Sonia Sotomayor 09’

 This was originally written on Aug 9, 2009. I was having trouble importing some old blog posts so I just Re-posted them… Enjoy!


Break out the Pasteles and the Bacardi and coke, cause there is a party in the hood! As the Bronx celebrates Sonia Sotomayor, who brought down the house as she was sworn in yesterday morning (August 8, 2009) as the first Hispanic judge to sit on the Supreme Court, the highest legal body in America. Cause that’s just how we do!

My fellow Nuyorican was born and raised in the Bronx, to hardworking Puerto Rican parents. Coming up from the Bronxdale projects to Washington was no small feat for this brazen Latina, but with a father who beat the odds with only a third grade education as factory worker. Not knowing a lick of English; coming into the world of post war white America and a mother who became a nurse not too long after the second World War, it seems to me that homegirl had the right reserves by her side. Su propia familia.

Sonia has credited her mother with being her “lifes inspiration” and credits The Yankees to being the inspiration behind her personal conviction in the 1995 key ruling that brought Major League Baseball back to the nation after a strike (This Chic rocks!) a ruling that was among the most important moments of her career. Due to her status on the bench in Nueva York, she was put in the position to essentially decide the future of a sport she loved. This Superwoman chastened baseball owners for unfair labor practices which led to a new labor agreement and a change of their attitudes.

What’s not to love! She speaks her mind and she hasn’t forgotten where she comes from… y tambien como most Latina’s she makes no excuses for what fire may come out of dem blazing Latin lips. During a speech at the University of California at Berkeley, Sotomayor with no reservations stated, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Toma! That’s right she said it and What!

I can just see it now Sonia and Barack playing dominos in the oval office eating collard greens and tostones!