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Sotomayor Versus Thomas – Life Stories

Yes, Sonia Sotomayor’s life story is an inspiring one.

So are those of many people in government (and elsewhere) who have risen to great heights from modest means.

But have they been afforded the fawning treatment that Ms. Sotomayor is currently receiving from our one party media?

Here is a sampling of the photographs of Ms. Sotomayor currently available on the wire services:

U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor is pictured with her mother, Celina Sotomayor, and father in this undated family photograph.

U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor (R) is pictured in this undated family photograph.

A young Sonia Sotomayor is pictured with her sister Miriam and cousins, in this undated family photograph released by the White House on May 26, 2009.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is seen in a family scrapbook photo "at the age of six or seven years old" in this undated handout photo released by the White House in Washington, May 26, 2009.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is seen "in a cap and gown for her eighth grade graduation" in this undated handout photo released by the White House in Washington, May 26, 2009.

For the record, let’s compare the ‘Early Life And Education’ sections in Wikipedia for two recent nominees to the Supreme Court.

From the entry for Sonia Sotomayor in Wikipedia:

Early life and education

Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Her father, Juan Sotomayor, a tool-and-die worker with a third-grade education who did not speak English, was from the Santurce area of San Juan. Her mother, Celina Sotomayor, a nurse, was from the neighborhood of Santa Rosa in Lajas, a still mostly rural area on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast. They left Puerto Rico, met, and married during World War II after Celina served in the Women’s Army Corps. Sonia’s younger brother is Juan Sotomayor, who is now a doctor in Syracuse, New York.

Sonia was raised a Catholic and grew up among other Puerto Ricans who settled in the East Bronx. During the 1960s the family moved to the Bronxdale Houses housing project in Soundview, which has at times been considered part of both the East Bronx and South Bronx. At the end of the decade, they moved to Co-op City in the Northeast Bronx. Sonia was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age eight. Sonia’s father died at age 42, in part from heart complications, when she was nine years old. After this was when Sonia first became fluent in English. She was inspired to go into a legal career and become a judge by watching the Perry Mason television series.

Sotomayor’s mother put great stress on the value of education, and bought the Encyclopædia Britannica for her children, an unusual sight in the housing projects. Sotomayor has credited her mother as being her "life inspiration". Sotomayor commuted to the parochial Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, where she was on the forensics team and was elected to the student government. She graduated as valedictorian in 1972.

When she entered Princeton University, there were few women students and fewer Latinos. She later described the experience as like “a visitor landing in an alien country.” She was too intimidated to ask questions for her first year there, but put in long hours in the library and gained skill and confidence. She became a non-radical student activist, being co-chair of the Acción Puertorriqueña organization, which looked for more opportunities for Puerto Rican students. The organization filed a formal letter of complaint with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, saying the school discriminated in its hiring and admission practices, and she wrote opinion pieces for The Daily Princetonian along the same theme. She also volunteered with Latino patients in a Trenton psychiatric hospital. A history major, she wrote her senior thesis on Luis Muñoz Marín, the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico, and the island’s struggles for economic and political self-determination. She won the Pyne Prize, the top award for undergraduates, which reflected both strong grades and extracurricular activities. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her A.B. from Princeton, graduating summa cum laude in 1976…

From the Clarence Thomas entry at Wikipedia:

Early life and education

Clarence Thomas was born in Pin Point, Georgia, a small, impoverished African American community. His family are descendents of American Slaves in the American South. His father left his family when he was two years old. After a house fire left them homeless, Thomas and his younger brother Myers were taken to Savannah, Georgia, where their mother worked as a domestic employee. Thomas’ sister Emma stayed behind with relatives in Pin Point.

When Thomas was 7, the family moved in with his maternal grandfather, Myers Anderson, and Anderson’s wife, Christine, in Savannah. Anderson had little formal education, but had built a fuel oil business that also sold ice. Thomas calls his grandfather "the greatest man I have ever known." When Thomas was 10, Anderson started taking the family to help at a farm every day from sunrise to sunset. His grandfather believed in hard work and self-reliance; he would counsel Thomas to "never let the sun catch you in bed."

Thomas was the only black person at his high school in Savannah, where he was an honors student. Raised Roman Catholic (he later attended an Episcopal church with his wife, but returned to the Catholic Church in the late 1990s), Thomas considered entering the priesthood at the age of 16, becoming the first black student to attend St. John Vianney’s Minor Seminary (Savannah) on the Isle of Hope. He also attended Conception Seminary College, a Roman Catholic seminary in Missouri, briefly. No one in Thomas’s family had attended college, and Thomas has said that during his first year in seminary he was one of only "three or four" blacks attending the school. Thomas told interviewers that he left the seminary after overhearing a student say, in response to the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Good, I hope the son of a bitch died." He did not think the church did enough to combat racism.

At a nun’s suggestion, Thomas attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where as a sophomore transfer student he had to adjust to a New England atmosphere very different from what he was used to in Savannah. At Holy Cross, Thomas helped found the Black Student Union and once walked out after an incident in which black students were punished while white students were not for committing the same violation. Some of the priests negotiated with the protesting black students to return to school, and Thomas graduated in 1971 with an A.B. cum laude in English literature…

Did Mr. Thomas have his life story recounted by a fawning media?

Were pictures of his early life passed out by the White House and reprinted in numerous news publications by a sycophantic media?

Somehow we don’t remember it that way.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Sotomayor Versus Thomas – Life Stories”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I wonder if she watches porn or uses her old jump rope to tie up her partners?
    Of course that is all I heard of Judge Thomas in the drooling media of corruption. (sans the rope)

    The love affair with her childhood is sickening and borders on idol worship.

  2. Celina says:

    Aw crap! Her mother’s name is Celina too? I would discuss it more but there is a whole series of unfortunate name similarities in my life including names that are one letter off of notorious abortionists and abortifacient birth control.

    Honestly, reading this makes me think of a few people I know in real life. And not one of them isn’t totally deluded, racist and self-absorbed.

  3. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just (obliquely) referenced this thread.

  4. pdsand says:

    This is pretty much the same treatment Charles Pickering got, right?
    Actually, the best reference I can think of is Obama’s own daunting experience being vetted by the MSM.

  5. JohnMG says:

    Justice Thomas’ book ‘My Grandfather’s Son’ is one of the most inspiring stories of personal gumption and perseverance–one totally ignored by the MSM. I guess Sotomayor’s is regarded as more compelling. What a travesty.

  6. bronzeprofessor says:

    The malicious double standard is horrible. You could do a side by side comparison of so many cases like this.

    When you are a conservative minority you live in a perpetual jungle, because for some reason the Left targets you more vigorously than anybody else. You should see how liberals sneer at conferences when I walk into a room, once they find out that somehow, even with all the obstacles I overcame and my Hispanic heritage, I believe in conservative ideals.

    Thanks so much to the site for offering us this side by side comparison. You should do a similar one showing how much the Left scoffed at Sarah Palin’s personal story, especially how gracefully she dealt with a Downs Syndrome child being born to her in her forties and the press attacking her teenage daughter. Why are those tribulations not seen as proof of an incredibly strong woman’s character?

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Isn’t that the truth bronzeprofessor! The mistreatment of Gov. Palin has been well documented in the past on this site. Congrats on your accomplishments in life and having the courage to stick to your beliefs despite the obstacles.

    • wardmama4 says:

      BronzePro – Or for instance how many people asked me – What are you doing here (at the first MLK day celebration in the Army (overseas)) – I said – the words ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ‘ Have as much meaning for me as they do for you – too bad you can’t understand that.

      It is sad that people can not see that reverse discrimination is as racist as discrimination – and will never lead to prosperity, unity or a healing of any kind of racial divide.

      Sadder thing is – I turned on feminists when I realized that the ERA wasn’t about equality – they wanted it all and to be better than men. I turned on the Gay Pride when I realized it wasn’t about equality – they want it all and to be better than heterosexual people. And now, I do believe thanks to the Liberals, the minorities don’t want equality – they want it all and want to make slaves of anyone white. No wonder they all love the muslims – they all have the same goal.

      BTW, lie to this whole smear – anyone can make it anywhere in America – look at the empty suit idiot, who can’t talk without a teleprompter, who is so ashamed of his life story, grades and past work – that it is all sanitized, hidden or just never brought up – who is gracing the highest Office of the greatest country in the World – and still has a chip on his shoulder that all of us are going to pay for for generations to come.

      God Help America.

    • Liberals Demise says:


    • proreason says:

      “I turned on the xxx when I realized it wasn’t about equality”

      It’s about power.

      And the scariest part is that they are happily willing to burn the house to the foundation to get it.

      If they thought it would help, who can doubt for a second they would kill us all without a moment’s remorse.

      Waterboarding? It’s to laugh. They would yank out your eyeballs in a second.

      And if you think that’s extreme, I could cite some examples of people just like them if you are interested.

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Liberals and victimhood have a symbiotic relationship. Neither can survive without the other. And liberalism is an equal opportunity hater. It never crosses a liberals mind to commend someone for their personal efforts to achieve success, especially if that person has a conservative mindset. Cheer up everyone. Obama can’t stay in power indefinitely. But we’ll certainly have to clean up the expensive mess he’s made.

  8. mickeyrivers says:

    ” Obama can’t stay in power indefinitely. But we’ll certainly have to clean up the expensive mess he’s made.”

    12 Gauge Rage, clean your gun and get ready for this……

    Obama is busy cleaning up Bush’s crap! It will take him his first term just to catch up. We have a Black President and a soon to be Puerto Rican Chief Justice, ohhhhh times are a changing fellas’ , times are a changin’. Get used to it and start stocking up your gun supply! The liberals are taking over, on no!!!!!!!!!!

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