It feels like we’ve been living through history so much lately I’m starting to forget what a normal news cycle feels like.
Luckily the latest “Historic Moment We Lived Through That Will Later Be In Somebody’s 10th Grade History Book” is actually pretty great.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve in the highest court in the land.
Representation matters, even if it’s not everything (looking at you, Clarence Thomas). I’m excited to think about what it will mean for little girls to see more women appointed to the court — I’m excited about the impression it might leave on little boys, too.
“If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said, “I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the Constitution, and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation is founded, will inspire future generations of Americans.”
By almost all accounts, Judge Brown has a stellar reputation, impressive credentials and is largely non controversial. Judge Brown clerked for three federal jurists, including retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, who she would replace on the Court. Her remarks in response to her nomination by President Biden ticked all the boxes: gratitude with an effusive love of God and country.
“I must begin these very brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey,” she said. “My life has been blessed beyond measure, and I do know that one can only come this far by faith. Among my many blessings — and, indeed, the very first — is the fact that I was born in this great country.” She added, “The United States of America is the greatest beacon of hope and democracy the world has ever known.”
While Judge Brown’s appointment won’t overturn the stolen majority that Conservatives have on the court, we can at least breathe a bit deeply that Biden has managed to get a confirmation vote on a new Justice before the bloodbath known as midterms.
And then there’s societal menace Tucker Carlson.
“It might be time for Joe Biden to let us know what Ketanji Brown Jackson’s LSAT score was,” he sneered. “Wonder how she did on the LSATs, why won’t he tell us that?”
This is not unlike when Donald Trump demanded President Obama show his birth certificate.
Racism says that achievement by Black folks is a fluke, and can only be the result of a hand-out or a cheat to the system. We’ve all experienced allegations against our legitimacy in this way before. But certainly not in front of a national audience. I have to say that I admire (and am awed by) the poise folks like Judge Brown, President Obama and similarly positioned public figures have shown in moments like these.
I also really wish I was in their group chats. I’m sure I could hear what she thinks of the haters but more importantly I want to hear her thoughts on literally being BLACK HISTORY.
Please watch Day 1 of confirmation hearings scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. ET. Check your local listings