Today's Take From El Diario

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rossana Rosado, publisher and CEO of El Diario New York, talks about Sonia Sotomayor's nomination and the state of the NYC mayoral race.


Rossana Rosado

Comments [13]

DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

As a Puerto Rican, born in Flower Fifth
Avenue Hospital, in 1950, from Puerto Rican
parents, my mom was born in Humaco and my
father born in Mayaguez, I know what
every Puerto Rican knows.

The other latino groups have ALWAYS looked
down on us, they never wanted to be associated
with anything Puerto Rican, until and unless
INS showed up.

So let's just stop all the hypocrisy,
about how Dominicans,Cubans, Mexicans, etc.,
are so happy about a person of Puerto Rican
origin has been tapped by President Barack
Hussein Obama as a candidate for the
Supreme court.

May. 27 2009 03:52 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

In 1917, the Jones-Shafroth Act granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship.

It may be a 3rd class citizenship,
because Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico,
cannot vote for President of the USA,
while they can serve in USA wars.

But we do not come here with passports.

May. 27 2009 03:41 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

Ms. Rosado,

Puerto Ricans did not come from their
"homeland" to the United States, like you

As of 1917, the Jones-Shafroth Act granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship.

It's the carbs, Rosado, the carbs you
have to cut back on.

May. 27 2009 03:40 PM
Jose Martinez from Midtown, NY

SVC: I concur with you!

As an American citizen, Colombian-born Engineer and business owner, it bothers me that most of my fellow Americans regard the success of US "minorities" as hinging on their ethnic or socioeconomic background and not their capabilites as fellow human beings to attain brilliance in their careers with the help of hard-work.

I pose the same question: When will we stop judging a person's values based on race, ethnicity or economic status?

May. 27 2009 11:17 AM
JayDee from Manhattan

Let's point out the elephant in the room--all the white guys who have been running everything, the entire financial system and the courts. I don't recall hearing Limbaugh or anyone else concerned that there are too many these guys in all the critical places and all the damage that's been done.
I guess the answer is, more than anyone, these guys have the ability to be fair, decent, respectful of others and wouldn't be influenced by background and upbrining like the rest of us unfortunates and undeserving. Right!!!

May. 27 2009 11:10 AM
SCV from Manhattan

As a woman born in Spain, scientist in higher education I feel sad that most comments about judge Sotomayor's nomination are centered on her ethnic and socio-economic background rendering her capabilities as a jurist meaningless. When will we stop judging a person's values based on race, ethnicity or economic status?

May. 27 2009 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

It's so good to hear someone say that! The right wing justices really have been more activist that the rest of the court and no one has ever come back with that when the right claims the opposite! Well the hypocrite right. Right?

May. 27 2009 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

It's very sad and I'm not surprised that Weiner because he is just that, a wiener. I had a feeling he would drop out and in fact I bet he supports Bloomberg. I think it would be very sad and bad if Bloomberg gets a 3rd term and if the term limits voted in by US remains the will of Bloomberg because that's just what it is and it's NOT the democratic way.

May. 27 2009 10:35 AM
S.A. from Brooklyn

Patricia Williams is using some broad strokes that do not help anyone -- as Brian (too gently) pointed out, Puerto Ricans are not immigrants (!!). And Sotomayor's mother worked hard to send her and her brother to PRIVATE school, so she is hardly a "representative of public education."

May. 27 2009 10:34 AM
Jose Martinez from Midtown, NY

Colombian-Americans, such as myself, are thrilled with Pres. Obama's nomination of Hon. Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

I am saddened, however, that the NYTimes and Associated Press (both NYC-based organizations) are biased (even inadvertently racist) to say that Judge Sotomayor's parents "IMMIGRATED" to NY, ignoring that Puertoricans have been full-fledge Americans since 1917.

Would we say that if her parents came to NY from OH or Oregon???

Also, I dislike the term 'Hispanic' because it does not reflect what we have chosen to call ourselves. We are a mix of the 3 races (indigenous, black and European) and descendants of the peoples from LatinAmerica, therefore we should be called Latinos (as in from Latinamerica). The Nixonian-crafted 'Hispanic' is a eurocentric term that refers only to people from Spain, and that is the way and contextt that this word is used in the Spanish language.

May. 27 2009 10:33 AM
hjs from 11211

i guess weiner wasn't up for a good fight. he'll wait 4 years and try again when the odds are in his favor.

May. 27 2009 10:31 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Cryin' shame about Anthony Weiner firmly deciding not to run against Bloomberg.

The simply fact is that Mike's money speaks. How much did he spend where to get Cory Booker to support him. We know conclusively that he has pumped millions into pet projects of upstate Republicans. He has a long record of spending millions to sway votes.

He has already spent millions on a campaign where for all intensive purposes he is running unopposed.

He will almost certainly enjoy the peculiar New York benefit of a fusion ballot.

This isn't Democracy in New York. It's Oligarchy. Boss Bloomberg, the modern Boss Tweed.

May. 27 2009 10:23 AM
Robert from NYC

But also her dad died and her mom worked really hard to bring up her kids in a relatively "tough" area where things could have gone another way if mom wasn't who she is... a terrific, loving, dedicated person.

May. 27 2009 10:22 AM

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