A new book on the trajectory of the judge of the US Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, "Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question", serves to reflect on a moment "degrading to Latinos as never before," the author told Efe , Lázaro Lima.
"The book is a cultural biography of Hispanics in the United States and Sonia, as the largest representative, lends itself to this type of analysis," said Lima, a researcher and professor in the Department of African, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the public university of Nueva York Hunter College (CUNY).
Puerto Rican-born, Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, in New York, and on May 26, 2009, he was appointed by the then President Barack Obama to the position of Associate Judge of the Supreme Court.
Then, in August of that year, the appointment of Sotomayor was put to a vote in the full Senate and confirmed by 68 votes in favor and 31 against.
At a time when Latinos represent the largest ethnic minority in the nation, with 59.5 million people, "we are not represented, with exceptions such as Sotomayor, and we are more than African-Americans," said the original researcher. Cuban.
Throughout this volume, edited in English by the University of California Press and presented this Friday in Miami, "alternative facts with historical precision and ethical clarity are contrasted to revitalize the best of democratic practice (...) when more we need it, "as read in the promotion notes.
Lima, who as a child arrived in this country from Spain, indicated that the literal translation of the title ("Being brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latin question") "does not coincide with the racial issue in the United States."
"It refers to a 1954 case, the 'Hernández vs. Texas' case, in which the Court determined that Latin American people in the US had protection with Amendment 14" of the Constitution, which recognizes the right to citizenship of the children of immigrants born in the country and that President Donald Trump has proposed abolishing.
"Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question", whose red and black cover shows a drawing of the judge's smiling face, is inspired by it but does not have a personal interview, because the Supreme Court judges "do not they allow interviews for individual books, they never accept other people's interviews. "
"Race, debt, history and cultural memory, these four themes fit into several aspects of Sonia Sotomayor. All these issues concern Latinos in the United States and I wanted to address them," says Lima.
"It's an academic book, but the tone is everyday, I changed the language a lot and I did it so that anyone who can read a newspaper can read this book," said Lima, who asserts that "the book helps us with a vocabulary to dismantle the alternative versions of this Government. "
"I have never seen this discrimination (with immigrants) since I arrived in this country with eight years," says the Cuban-American.