Is Sonia Sotomayor Lucy and Sen. Coborn Ricky Ricardo?

Lázaro Lima

In a hypothetical conversation about gun-control, Tom Coburn (R-Okla) said to Sonia Sotomayor, “You’ll have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do,” in an imitation Cuban accented quip à la Ricky Ricardo about a hypothetical scenario where Sotomayor might attack him. Huh? Can anyone imagine a Senator using, say, a black vernacular accent in any public context much less in a Supreme Court confirmation hearing? His tin ear speaks volumes about unexamined ignorance surrounding Latinos writ large, and the profound ignorance and conflation relating to various forms of U.S. Latinidades. Tom Coburn represents part of the dying ancien regime that will be caught with their proverbial pants down — several GOP old boys have already been literally caught with their trousers on the floor — as the face of the “largest minority population” of the U.S. retorts with a forceful, “We don’t. But you do.”

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Is Sonia Sotomayor Lucy and Sen. Coborn Ricky Ricardo?

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