In a recent case dealing with the Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws, Sotomayor launched another tirade about how Brown and Black Lives Matter. Strange because the case actually had to do with a white dude. Even Lefty Steven Breyer disagreed with her, but Sotomayor got up on her soapbox and ranted away, making some wonder if it was ideology or hot flashes. Once again, logic was not all that significant a part of her rant, but the Left love it anyway. It fits their narrative, which is that whites have privileges and no one else does, except the white guy on trial didn’t but that was beside the point. This is how it went down:
The case, Utah v. Strieff, was occasioned when police stopped Salt Lake City man Edward Strieff on leaving a house suspected of drug activity. The state of Utah concedes the initial stop was illegal, as the officers in question had no probable cause to seize and search Strieff.
During the course of the stop, officers discovered Strieff had an outstanding warrant for a small traffic violation, and methamphetamine in his pocket. The Court was asked to decide whether the exclusionary rule — which prohibits police and prosecutors from using evidence obtained illegally — applies when an officer learns during an illegal stop that there is a warrant for an individual’s arrest, and finds additional contraband while executing the arrest on said warrant.
The High Court ruled 5-3 that the arrest, and the evidence obtained during the arrest, were legitimate, even if the initial stop was not. Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion, joined by the Chief Justice, and Justices Kennedy, Breyer, and Alito.
Sotomayor filed a peppery dissent, joined in part by Justice Ginsburg.
“The white defendant in this case shows that anyone’s dignity can be violated in this manner,” she wrote. “But it is no secret that people of color are disproportionate victims of this type of scrutiny. For generations, black and brown parents have given their children ‘the talk’— instructing them never to run down the street; always keep your hands where they can be seen; do not even think of talking back to a stranger—all out of fear of how an officer with a gun will react to them.”
Elsewhere in the dissent, she characterizes the United States as a “carceral state,” and pillories the “civil death” endured by those subject to arrest, a process she describes in vivid terms. She also accuses the Court of treating minority communities as “second class citizens.”
Liberals observers lionized the dissent within minutes of its publication. Lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald said the opinion is a “perfect illustration of why diversity matters.” Adam Bonin, a Philadelphia attorney and DailyKos blogger, called it “epic and important.” “It’s a Brown/Black Lives Matter manifesto,” he added.
Sotomayor forgot to mention that black young men, perhaps 3% of the population, commit 50% of the homicides in this country. She also neglected to cite the universal problem of Latino gangs that terrorize neighborhoods, and the huge number of minority students who simply drop out of school, their primary way out of poverty and unemployment. She also did not mention the statistics of unwed mothers in both brown and black culture, leading to a host of problems. Nope, it all has to do with that nasty racism that white folks all revel in, and the evil, bigoted police who arrest minorities for absolutely no reason.
It is understandable when Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton go on this type of tirade. It’s their job. They have made an excellent living whipping up the victim mentality of minorities so they can demand compensation and retribution. But Sonia Sotomayor, sitting on the highest court of the land, should be ashamed of herself. Rather than serving as a role model of what might be, she is a whiner and an excuse maker, telling minorities why they can’t succeed because the “man” is keeping them down. But once again, I guess that is what you get when you fill a slot with an affirmative action candidate who just does not have the necessaries to do the job right. It is very similar to the low achiever we have in the White House.