Watching The Sotomayor Hearings

More

I feel like I'm seeing a bunch of glancing blows, nothing landing with any force. I'm very interested in Sotomayor's style of speech--she has painfully perfect enunciation. She reminds me of one of those teachers in middle school who worked hard to scrub away the hood accent. That's not a dis--I think that sort of scrubbing comes from the knowledge that people will discriminate against you based on how you talk. Kenyatta was saying earlier that Sotomayor's speech reminded her of  the women she went to church with as a child.

Now, Sotomayor is Puerto-Rican. So I suspect that her diction comes from a similar and yet different space. I suspect that being Latino puts a lot pressure on you to make your English perfect. And yet in her perfection, she actually sounds hood to me. How ironic.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In