Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Geographically challenged

One thing that's bugging me about the Sonia Sotomayor story is people keeping saying her parents immigrated from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is part of the US, so I'm not sure "immigrated" is the right word. It makes it sound like she's not American, that her parents weren't American, and that's not true. "Immigrated" in the same way that I moved from Small Mountainous State to Very Red State... well, maybe not quite. But the point is, Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nobody's doubting she's a citizen, Seema. Some people do feel she thinks of herself as a Latino woman and that could possibly conflict with her duties as a Supreme Court Justice, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States as written.