Every day we are challenged and faced with many struggles that we have to overcome in order to go about our every-day lives. In Sonia Sotomayor’s book she shows us how most of her childhood she was faced with new struggles every day, and how overcoming them helped her to be the person she is today. Being brought up in a poor society, Sonia had to make sure she kept on track, and had to make sure that she didn’t get caught up in the outside drama. Poverty has a huge impact on the way a person acts and builds a person’s character. How you face poverty and how you overcome it will let you do what you have to do to become a better and more successful person.
Introduction My Beloved World is a biography about a young girl who overcomes great adversities throughout her life and is now a sitting federal judge at the supreme court. Sonia Sotomayor had to work twice as hard for everything that she had, because she was convinced most of her life that she was not good enough. But her intellect, discipline, and determination are what makes her story so unique and relatable to most. In the book she talks a lot about her family, and how they play a big role on who she is as a judge. Therefore, this paper will be looking at the relevant contexts that makes her story so unique, it will also analyze her needs, wants, values, and her decision-making process, and lastly it will reflect on how those values have evolved as she grew older.
Sonia Sotomayor, was a daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants. She suffers from diabetes and was raised in a low income family with an alcoholic father in Bronx, New York. When Sotomayor was nine, her father passed away. Her Mother worked six days a week as a nurse. She attended a catholic school called Cardinal Spellman.
Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. Huerta is an American labor leader, civil rights activists, and was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. Huerta’s father, Juan Fernandez, was a miner and a farm worker and later became the State Assemblyman of New Mexico. At an early age her parents divorced. Huerta lived most of her years with her mother, Alicia Chavez, and two brothers in Stockton, California.
The executive branch includes and is led by the President of the United States of America. Furthermore, this branch also includes the cabinet, executive, and independent agency departments. The President is able to veto the proposition of a new law and designate federal judges and federal posts. The President is also given the power to grant forgiveness to a crime that has been committed. As well as negotiate with foreign countries and treaties about situations and certain topics. According to the article “Judicial Appointments: Checks and Balances in Practice”, written by Rachel Brand, she states that:
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated for the Supreme Court, gave a speech to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her work experience as a judge and her outlook on education. Sotomayor speaks about her experinces as a judge, along with the hard work she put into her education that earned her scholarships into two Ivy League schools. Sotomayor’s purpose is to seek the support from the Senate Judiciary Committee by giving an image to show she is eligible to be in the Supreme Court. Sotomayor supports her purpose with her background story about her education and her occupations as a judge. Sotomayor uses rhetorical appeals and a grateful tone to persuade the committee she is an applicable candidate to be in the Supreme Court.
Clarence Thomas was born on June 23, 1948, in Pin Point, Georgia. His father left his family when he was young. That, and other issues as the years passed led his family into money problems. Clarence and his brother were sent to live with their grandfather and step-grandmother. His grandfather had a major influence on his religious beliefs. He transferred to St. John Vianney Minor Seminary while in high school and graduated from there in 1967. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. he heard some of his classmates at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri making fun of his death. This led him to quit seminary and eventually attend Yale University Law School. After graduating from Yale, he worked for many years as a lawyer for the agricultural giant Monsanto. Then he moved to Washington D.C. where he worked some for President Ronald Reagan. In 1991 Thomas replaced the previous Supreme Court Justice and became the second African American justice to serve on the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas was a part of many important Supreme Court Cases. A few of them include Morse v. Frederick, United States v. Morrison, and Grutter v. Bollinger.
Scalia argued that change should be enacted by elected officials as stated in the constitution and allowing the majority of the Supreme Court to decide would go against what the constitution outlined for policy making. The Supreme Court’s ruling creates a questions based on religious freedoms: Is it legal for business owners, with objections to same-sex marriage, to refuse wedding goods and services to a same-sex
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of nine of the present day Supreme Court Justice’s. Ginsburg grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she was born on March 15, 1933. She was not born into riches, her mother was a factory worker and her father had a job, however, he got very little business because during that time America was fighting the Great Depression. Ginsburg claims to have had a tight knitted relationship with her mother and tells us that her mother is the one who prompted her desire to learn and to become educated. She once said, “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” Her mother instilled the importance of education and feminism into her brain. Ginsburg also said, “The law was something most unusual for those times because for most girls growing up in the ‘40s, the most important degree was not your B.A. but your M.R.S.” Her mother made sure that despite what society thought, if Ruth was independent and pushed herself, she could truly become anything she wanted. Sadly, her mother passed away a day before Ginsburg graduated from James Madison High School and she was never able to see all of the life changing events that her
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25th 1954 in the South Bronx area of New York to parents Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor. Her parents who were of Puerto Rican descent moved their family to New York for a better opportunity for their children. Her parents worked hard to make a living her mother was a nurse a methadone clinic and her father worked with his hands and the family lived modestly within their means. Justice Sotomayor was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of seven and began taking insulin shot’s, shortly after her father died in 1963 when she was nine, leaving her mother as a single parent, during her upbringing her mother Celina placed a huge emphasis on the importance of education, pushing her children to become
Justice Scalia of the United States Supreme Court produced a dissent after the decision made in Obergefell v. Hodges and expressed his reasons behind what he believed to be an incredibly poor decision made by the Court. In the dissent Scalia explains how the decision could be a threat to the way the American Government works and could have a serious effect on our future. Past decisions made by the Court as well as past interpretations of the Constitution are both a part of Scalia’s argument. These components of his argument all contribute to his overall strategy to in the dissent. To explain his vote against gay marriage, Scalia uses his knowledge of the US system of government and plays on the emotions of the US citizens who have a strong
There is discrimination in this world to this day, there is discriminations against “people who are gay”. This discrimination is just like the Holocaust, because the Germans didn’t like the jews. I believe the gay marriage should have been approved long before it was. People need to realize judging someone because they are gay is wrong, that person is obviously an idiot. It is not up to people to judge other people because they are gay.
Burwell, Obamacare, and Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage. In King v. Burwell, Sotomayor was recognized as an influential voice, having opposed the arguments that opposed the law. In Obergefell v. Hodges, Sotomayor joined the other justices in passing the same-sex marriage act nationally. I believe because of Sotomayor’s background, being a minority and growing up in Bronx New York, has made her to be a voice for those who are afraid to be heard. America is a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities, our government should reflect the
The backlash on the ruling is much warranted. I say this because if we took a national poll, the ruling would be that gay marriage would not be allowed. We live in a democratic society where the people "should" rule but as always, the government has the final say. Although I do agree with the backlash and understand why it is happening I still hold firm to my belief that they should still be allowed to marry. I believe this because if my neighbors who are both males were to marry each other, why or how does that influence or affect my life.