Big Media’s ‘Right’ Minds Pretend Away Discrimination

In wonderment that, as “Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is making the rounds of the Capitol this week,” corporate pundit “jackasses are still saying she has to explain her ‘wise Latina’ comment,” Laura Flanders (Women In Media & News, 6/4/09) remarks that “the money-media have spent the week making the comment ‘controversial’ (and then calling it that).” After citing FAIR’s debunking of this media tempest by actually contextualizing Sotomayor’s 2001 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,” Flanders explains how “out here in the actual, lived USA–white males have been the norm,” while “all ‘others’ have had a different experience….not of snow or rain or the price of beans–but of discrimination“:

In a week that saw the killing of an off-duty police officer by an another police officer in New York, and the killing of a womenâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s doctor in Wichita, it’s hard to believe that anyone in their right mind would disagree with Sotomayor.

The New York shooter took the victim for a criminal at least in part because the victim was a black man.

Womenâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s lives are not the same. The assassination of the country’s eighth abortion provider brought out of the margins and into the media the reality that women seeking legal care and the people who look after them are still, after decades, subject to the kind of daily harassment, vandalism and threats that no corporate CEO would tolerate for a weekend.

Considering these events, Flanders finds it “hard to believe that anyone in their right mind would argue that to mention difference in America is to be racist–or that to have experienced discrimination might make one smarter about it.” In her eyes, big media’s “right minds would rather that we pretend weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re all already equal, because then weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ll stop working to make it that way.”

Read the FAIR Media Advisory: “Misquoting Sotomayor: Media Let Right-Wing Critics Frame Debate” (6/2/09)