The Ubiquity of Empathy
From Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker comes this simple but not-much-discussed observation: Empathy is not, as some seem to think, a scourge peculiar to Hispanic females. Indeed, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is as empathetic as Sonia Sotomayor, Parker appropriately pointed out yesterday, the only distinction being that their empathies rest with different folks.
Senators also hammered Sotomayor about her ethnic identification and whether she could rule fairly without undue influence from her gender or political preferences. Wait, let me guess, you’re white guys! Are we to infer that men of European descent are never unduly influenced by their own ethnicity, gender or political preferences? Can anyone affirm this assertion with a straight face?
After a few centuries dominating Washington’s political landscape, the white guys can be forgiven their instinctive resistance to those who view the contours of life through a different lens. Forgiven, at least, by those who empathize with them.