It’s hard to imagine other Supreme Court justices being as open about their lives as Sonia Sotomayor. In this interview via NPR, Justice Sotomayor discusses how her alcoholic father drank himself to death. She mentions how a close cousin ended up committing suicide as a result of years of drugs. Sotomayor discusses how she grew up poor, being raised by a single mother, and how through persistence and hard work, she ultimately became the first Latina to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Frankly, this upbringing is commonplace amongst our community. It’s unfortunate. While many might use this as an excuse, she used her experiences as a motivation to rise above the circumstances of her life.
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