25 Overtly Racist Moments in Recent News History

Pat Buchanan Weighs in on Sonia Sotomayor

When: June 2009
Network: 
MSNBC
Analyst: Pat Buchanan
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Buchanan calls Sotomayor affirmative-action candidate

When President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to to the United States Supreme Court, normally irrelevant political commentator Pat Buchanan unleashed a series of criticisms on her credentials and, more specifically, her race. Buchanan sought to downplay Sotomayor's achievements on the basis of skin color—calling the then nominee an "affirmative-action pick," before launching a flurry of racially-charged attacks at non-whites in general.

"This has been a country built basically by white folks," he said, before going on to claim that the nation's highest court needed more white representation. At the time Buchanan made his claim, 108 of 110 supreme court justices in history had been white.

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