Left-wingers are attacking conservatives like Newt Gingrich and Tom Tancredo for calling Judge Sotomeyer a racist. The racist charge is based on this statement:
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life,"Her defenders point out that the statement was part of a larger speech, and has been taken out of context. Here's the full speech. Take a look. It definitely doesn't look as bad in context.
Let's pretend that the judge was a white man and he said the following, in similar context.
"I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life,"The very same people who are now screaming and howling about the evil Republicans taking quotes out of context, would instead be foaming at the mouth with accusations of racism. They would insist that such a statement was incredibly offensive and racist, and disqualified the speaker not just from the Supreme Court, but any public office. Since when have left-wingers ever considered the context before accusing political opponents of racism? Many of them just assume that conservatives are racists. Look at the past presidential campaign and the numerous ludicrous accusations of racism leveled against anyone who dared criticize or make fun of Barack Obama. The left is the last group that should be lecturing anyone about false accusations of racism.