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The First Latino Supreme Court Justice



In the politics of America, it can be easy to get mired down in questions of race, gender, and class. Indeed, it is rare that we can mark major steps forward in these areas. And despite my congratulations coming a little bit late, I'd like to take a moment to celebrate a major step forward: The appointment of the first Latino to the US Supreme court, Justice Benjamin Cardozzo. Cardozzo's appointment in 1932 by Republican Herbert Hoover is to this day considered one of our nation's most non-partisan appointments, as Cardozzo was a Democrat and a strong liberal voice on the court until his death six years later. Though Cardozzo isn't often remembered in the politics of today, his appointment and service stand as an example of what can get done in America when race and politics are put on a back burner, and freedom and equality are realized.

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