The PR of Personal Experience

Posted by Melvin Bray on July 19th, 2009 filed in Useful Perhaps

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has taken a lot of flack for her recognition of the part personal experience plays in the judicial process. Of particular absurdity in the criticism of her has been the charge that white men aren’t afforded the same latitude of expression as “minorities” when it comes to valuing their experiences, which sounds to me like hypochondriacs complaining that they don’t get as much face time with the doctor as sick people do.

Here is Stephen Colbert’s take on the matter…

I envy Colbert’s ability to take a concept and turn it back on itself. Colbert’s commentary indicts. How often do we try to resolve issues of inclusion this very same way?

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