This woman is a freaking justice of the United States Supreme Court.
During the Supreme Court's hearing on an Affirmative Action case, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the "wise Latina woman," exposed the fact that she doesn't know VERY basic legal terminology.
For those who are uninitiated in legal jargon here's a quick crash course:
De facto means a state of affairs that is true in fact, but that is not officially sanctioned.
In contrast, de jure means a state of affairs that is in accordance with law.
On the bench of the Supreme Court, to the embarrassment of her colleagues and the nation, Sonia Sotomayor exposed herself of actually being completely ignorant of the most basic legal terms.
Oh. My. Word.
De jure to me means places are segregated. The causes may be different, but places are segregated in our country.
That's the literal definition of de facto. You can't just CHANGE the definition of de jure to make it into what you want.
Sotomayor is arguing that laws in this country explicitly segregate people even though that is not the case.
And this isn't just a pedantic little slip. She was corrected but she argued back.
The affirmative action Supreme Court justice continued in her mission to embarrass the Court and provide a glaring example of why hiring people to meet race and gender quotas instead of their skill and talent is a bad thing.
What a joke that this woman holds any power in our country.
We are being ruled by morons.