[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/14/sotomayor.hearing/art.sotomayor.tues.cnn.jpg caption="Judge Sonia Sotomayor speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committe on Tuesday, the second day of her hearings."]
Laura E. Gómez
Special to CNN
It is likely that Judge Sotomayor will face some questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week about her 2001 "wise Latina" remark.
In a speech at a Berkeley conference on Hispanic judges, Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
Her comment has been lampooned on the cover of the National Review, where cartoonists apparently could not quite fathom a wise Latina judge, choosing to portray Sotomayor as a Buddha with Asian features. It has caused Rush Limbaugh and others to label her a "racist," and it has caused even liberals to bristle.
I was a speaker at the conference Sotomayor's speech kicked off, and I would like to put her comment in context.
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