President Biden fulfills a campaign promise to put a Black woman on the Supreme Court of America
Since its formation on September 24, 1789, there have been 17 Chief Justices of the United States and 103 Associate Justices in the Court’s history. And in that time, there has never been a Black Woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
America has always been and will continue to be a country with racism in its DNA. If it were not for the colonial virus pumping through its veins, there would be more black women and people of colour appointed to the bench.
Today, with the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, history has been made. Since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, President Biden has conducted a rigorous process to identify his replacement. President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law.
Biden has fulfilled a campaign promise to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court should he be elected. When Biden made that promise, he was trailing in the primaries, and it was Black women that voted in droves in support of his candidacy.
Justice Brown Jackson’s qualifications and temperament prove she belongs on the Supreme court. However, if you tuned into her confirmation hearing, you would think differently by the humiliating and racial vitriol that came out of the mouth of the Republican Senators.
Instead of judging her on her merit, they launched a smear campaign to try and discourage and demean her. Not only did Justice Brown Jackson look them in the eye and defend her record, but they also failed to get a rise out of her.
The only time the world saw a few tears from Justice Brown Jackson was when New Jersey Senator Booker praised her for being an exemplary role model and Justice.
Justice Brown Jackson’s confirmation vote when as expected among party lines, with 3 Republicans breaking rank with their party and voting on merit.
With Justice Jackson’s confirmation to the country’s highest court, another glass ceiling will be shattered for Black women in America.