Sotomayor, Trent Lott and Kramerbooks & Afterwords

One of the comments on my post about the Sotomayor hearings claims that Trent Lott was "run into the ground for far less" than Sotomayor's comment about wise Latinas and their judgment. I recall when Senator Lott had to resign as Majority Leader because in his effort to sing the praises of his fellow southern Senator Strom Thurmond, Lott suggested the country would have been better of if Thurmond had won the 1948 presidential election. Thurmond bolted the Democrats after Harry S. Truman ran on a pro-civil rights plank and ran as the States' Rights candidate, coming in third behind Truman and New York Governor Thomas Dewey.

When Lott fell from his leadership post, I was general manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe where we had a knack for devising specialty drinks that tracked the news of the day. In a morning of exceptional inspiration, the bar manager, Mark, one of our best customers, Don, and I came up with the "Trent Latte" - separate but equal parts of coffee and steamed milk. Not only was it a hit with our customers, but it earned a mention on the NPR gameshow "Wait, wait...Don't Tell Me." Although I no longer work at Afterwords Cafe, I am sure they would welcome suggestions for the Sotomayor cocktail!

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
8 years 10 months ago
How about  a Soto-Supreme or maybe a Soto Voce? I'm thinking strong shots of double espresso but with chocolate or caramel tossed in.
8 years 10 months ago

You may be unaware of the ways in which coffee metaphors have been and are still used in racialized discourse with respect to Latinos, Latin American and Caribbean people. By inviting these responses, you unintentionally open the door to the possibility that readers who are also unaware of this problem will be complicit in what is in effect stereotyping and an essentializing of 'color.'  This would sadly replicate the poor behavior of some of our senators that you have rightly criticized.

jessie ashely
7 years 1 month ago
Thanks for sharing with us! It is really worthy of our reading. I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website introduce Discount Christian Louboutins and Christian Louboutin Pumps soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success.


Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Las palabras de Jesús fueron mucho más que doctrina humanista, porque fueron revelación.
Among both listeners and staff, one can find those who were born and raised in the United States or moved here at a young age and those who are new to the country; those who have papers and those who do not or whose parents do not.
Jim McDermottMay 24, 2018
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his disciples at Rajneeshpuram (Credit: Netflix)
Sometimes the best way to understand a phenomenon is to look at its parody.
José DueñoMay 24, 2018
Chris Rock (photo: Netflix)
“Tambourine” should be mandatory viewing in all diocesan Pre-Cana programs.
Jake MartinMay 24, 2018