Here's What Sonia Sotomayor Calls the Greatest Obstacle for Latinos

Here's What Sonia Sotomayor Calls the Greatest Obstacle Latinos Face!
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor knows adversity. Growing up Puerto Rican in the South Bronx, she was confronted with racial, class and gendered barriers throughout her life. Added to that, she was a type 1 diabetic in a home with an alcoholic father and a lot of parental arguing. Despite the struggles she had to overcome and the discrimination she encountered as a Latina, Sotomayor says the biggest obstacles Latinos face is fear.

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Discussing her book, My Beloved World, on NPR, the justice — the first person of Latino descent to hold such a position — explains why. 

“If I’ve accomplished anything in my book … [it’s] that people will understand the greatest obstacle they will face in life is not discrimination, it’s their own fear,” she told NPR. “Fear often paralyzes us because what kills you and what stops you is not experiencing new things.”

Time and time again, Sotomayor has made the tough choices, once the only one to file a dissenting opinion against affirmative action. The issue of fear, she says, is actually quite common.

“I can’t tell you how many Latino kids I still talk to who tell me, ‘I don’t want to go away to go college because I don’t want to leave my family,’” she said. “You don’t leave your family by going away to college for god’s sakes! You enrich your life and theirs by doing something they couldn’t do and bringing back the joy home.”

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If Sotomayor's words ring true, perhaps it's time you, too, take the plunge and simply strive for the things you truly want.