Rev. Sharpton is pleased to be at the announcement of new Supreme Court Justice—
Rev. Sharpton has been invited and is very proud to be at the announcement of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. He has fought long and hard to bring together coalitions between Blacks and Browns and he did 90-days in jail around Vieques , Puerto Rico. In the spirit of that coalition he is particularly proud to be there in the White House to see an African-American President nominate the first Puerto Rican to the Supreme Court.
REV. AL SHARPTON ISSUES THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WHILE PRESENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AS HE ANNOUNCES HIS SELECTION OF JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
Washington, D.C. (May 26, 2009)– “I think the choice made by President Obama of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is prudent, groundbreaking and the right choice at this time in our nation’s history as we face serious constitutional and legal questions that will impact the lives of Americans for decades to come.
For those of us who are not Latino, we should not be weighed down by the distraction of demographics or ethnicity. Instead we must rise to the challenge that President Obama has issued to put merit, judgment, and service above tribal cheerleading.
As one who has labored for Black, Brown and White coalitions that fight to protect the equal rights of all under our laws and Constitution, I am happy to have been present for this historic announcement of the first Latino to the Supreme Court, and know she will serve all of us with integrity and distinction.”