May 28, 2009

Sonia: An Eye for Others

A young Sonia Sotomayor is pictured with her sister Miriam and cousins, in this undated family photograph released by the White House on May 26, 2009. President Barack Obama nominated Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court  on Tuesday, selecting a woman who would be the court's first Hispanic justice and a liberal who is unlikely to change its ideological balance. REUTERS/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES POLITICS CRIME LAW SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY

It’s a beautiful photo released by the White House of young Sonia Sotomayor with her sister and cousins, which is that much more interesting for the angle.

Besides adding mortar to the warm and richly personal portrayal (and marketing) of Sotomayor, the photo reinforces the ethnic dimension of the nomination, the image suggesting an old LIFE Magazine story on Hispanic life in America.

What is also a subtle endorsement (and reflective of her personality, from what I’ve read) is the way Sotomayor’s focus — at the expense of the attention — is on the other children.

(photo: Sotomayor family via White House, May 26, 2009)

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