Sotomayor and International Relations

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Okay, there’s not much there. But with reference to Andrew Bast’s WPR column from two weeks ago, which discussed the ways in which the Supreme Court is increasingly an IR arena, there are two thought-provoking elements introduced by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s Nuyorican heritage. (And yes, as a New Yorker, you know I’m going to put NY before Borinquen.) First, the fact that she’s considered the child of an immigrant, even though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. So this idea that using the Spanish pronounciation of her name is somehow un-American is the equivalent of saying that using the […]


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