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Letters to the Editor

My response to a piece on Benjamin Cardozo in last week’s Jewish Week made it into this week’s issue. Check it out: My Letter to the Editor.

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T-Shirt Shopping

Latina Magazine decided to celebrate Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation by selling ‘Wise Latina’ t-shirts rebranding Sotomayor’s controversial words into an empowering message. Proceeds go to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls. And everyone’s talking about the “Super Jew” T-shirt Seth Rogen donned for the latest Judd Apatow movie, “Funny People.” The proceeds won’t go… Continue reading T-Shirt Shopping

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Ricci, Race and Wearing Blinders

I’ve been largely quiet on race, lately. I’ve done this, despite the fact that every other time I’ve posted about Sonia Sotomayor someone has tried to call me out on this. I’ve been reading, as I always do, all the latest news on racism, racism all over the world, racism in America, liberals and conservatives… Continue reading Ricci, Race and Wearing Blinders

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What’s in a name?

And I thought I had trouble getting people to pronounce my name right! Somedays, it’s Aliva Haufman. Sometimes, it’s Eliza Haufman. Maybe I should have married a Haufman?  David Letterman has a great little video at The Huffington Post website called “Sonia Sotomayor Pronunciation Roundup” Be sure to check it out.

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Racist! Racist! Racist!

Wow, are things getting heated over Sotomayor’s nomination or what?  I spent last week arguing with my Jewish friends that she, not Benjamin Cardozo, IS the first Hispanic Supreme Justice nominee–more on that in future posts. This week the focus has been whether or not Sotomayor is a racist. Funny isn’t it that when an… Continue reading Racist! Racist! Racist!

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I don’t know how many times or how many ways I have to say it: Benjamin Cardozo was not Hispanic, not Latino. Let it go, Jewish folks. And if you’re still unconvinced, read “Cultural Ettiquette: Why Jews Should Respect Sotomayor as the First Possible Latino/a Supreme Court Justice.