Not the First Hispanic

By Peter Andrew ConservativeAmerican.org

Don’t tell the students at Yeshiva University in New York that Sonia Sotomayor would be the nation’s first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. That’s because they know its not true. Especially the young adults who attend the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

That’s because the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law is named to honorthe nation’s first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice! Cardozo’s ancestors came from Portugal, making him Hispanic.

So why is this lie spread so easily by the media all around the nation? Well, you have their obvious desire to help the nation’s first Socialist President to achieve something great. Then you have the people who will say Cardozo was not Hispanic, something that is completely untrue. That’s because there is a mixed bag of opinion, even within federal government agencies, about if those from Portugal fall under the American term, “Hispanic.” However,…

The term ‘Hispanic’ is derived from the ancient term for the peninsula that both Spain and PORTUGAL reside in: Hispania, which now is called the Iberian Peninsula.

Despite that knowledge, even the Portuguese Foundation won’t touch the question. They list the following definitions of “Hispanic” on their website as part of a discussion to see what its own viewers think:

Here are some definitions: Main Entry: His·pan·ic
Pronunciation: hi-’spa-nik
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain. Date: circa 1889
Hispanic: of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S.; especially : one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin (Merriam-Webster´s Collegiate dictionary)
Hispanic: (connected with) a person who lives in the United States but who originally came from, or whose family came from, S America, Mexico, Cuba or Puerto Rico ( Cambridge International Dictionary of English )
Hispanic: connected with a person who lives in the US but who originally came from or whose family came from Spanish-speaking Latin America A Hispanic-American is an American citizen of Hispanic origin. ( Cambridge Dictionary of American English )
Hispanic: Meaning (information, definition, explanation, facts) Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize US citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. The term is used as a form of classification for the immigrants and descendants of a wide range of ethnicities, races and nationalities who use Spanish as their primary language. http://explanation-guide.info/meaning/Hispanic.html
From Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) two definitions found: Hispanic His*pan”ic, a. [L. Hispanicus.] Of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words.
From WordNet (r) 1.6 : Hispanic adj : related to or derived from the people or culture of Spain;” the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly” [syn: Hispanic, Latino]


Cardozo certainly was the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. We can learn more about Cardozo from Yeshiva University online:

Benjamin N. Cardozo, born in 1870 in New York City, was a U.S. Supreme Court justice renowned for his integrity, social consciousness, and elegant opinions. Cardozo rose to prominence during 23 years of private practice, becoming known as a lawyer’s lawyer before appointment to the New York State Court of Appeals. During his tenure there he became the nation’s best known and most admired state court judge. He added to his reputation through highly acclaimed writings, of which the most important is The Nature of the Judicial Process. By asking the monumentally simple question, “What is it that I do when I decide a case?”, he helped many see the judicial role with greater clarity. Then in 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Cardozo to succeed Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. on the Supreme Court. In his years as an Associate Justice, he handed down opinions that stressed the necessity for the law to adapt to the realities and needs of modern life. Today, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, like the Justice for whom it is named, and founded on the values he cherished and ideals he served, seeks to further a tradition of legal practice that evolves with the times.

So make sure you let your liberal friends know that Sotomayor is not the first Hispanic. They won’t believe you and you can send them to our site!


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