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First Hispanic US Supreme Court Judge NOT Sotomayor Benjamin Nathan Cardozo May 24, 1870–July 9, 1938 Cardozo family tradition held that their ancestors were Marranos from Portugal. "Cardoso", "Seixas" and "Mendes" are common Portuguese surnames. Certain Hispanic organizations do not consider those of Portuguese descent to be Hispanic. Both the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the Hispanic National Bar Association believe that Sonia Sotomayor, if confirmed, will be the first Hispanic justice.
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Added: 2nd June 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
Posted by: Cliffy on 2009-06-02 
I think the Portuguese that I know would be surprised they aren't Latino or Hispanic!

By singling out a race, doesn't that show division? What ever happened to the American Melting Pot?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-06-03 
I'm with Cliffy. The best way to end racism is to not dwell on what ethnicity someone is.
Posted by: Gargoyle2556 on 2009-06-03 
That's all well and good but if that's the way we're going to proceed then lets end the celebrations for other ethnic groups. No more Columbus Day Parade or St. Patrick's day parades. We have a local Greek festival so lets do away with that too. Being Hispanic I'm very surprised to find out that Portuguese people are Hispanics too. Little did I know that when I was beat up in the 4th grade by a Portuguese kid who called me a spic he was beating up one of his own.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-06-03 
It's worse here in Canada where everyone seems to put a hyphen in their identities. No one is just a regular Canadian. You have to be a French-Canadian, an Italian-Canadian, a Vietnamese-Canadian, and so forth.

Honestly, if it would stop the racial and ethnic polarization of society, I agree with Gargoyle's facetious comment.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2009-06-03 
Great Comments! Race should never be used, like these people had a choice what they were gonna be when they were born. Im a mutt, Polish, French, Dutch and a little Bohemian. Like most of us, mixed Lol!!
Posted by: Ripi on 2009-07-13 
The question of Cardozo's ethnicity

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_N._Cardozo [wikipedia.org

It has also been asserted that Cardozo himself confessed in 1937 that his family preserved neither the Spanish language nor Iberian cultural traditions.[19] Both the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Hispanic National Bar Association consider Sonia SOTOMAYOR, if confirmed, will be the FIRST UNEQUIVOCALLY Hispanic justice. [15][18]

No hard feelings,Cliffy ? I have a bad habit of checking out facts.
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