March 21st, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson
Today the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin. With the nomination from President Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first African American woman to be nominated for our nation’s highest court. And if confirmed she will be the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
She would bring to the court her wide range of experiences not only as a public defender but also a federal district judge and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Her race nor gender is not what qualifies her as a candidate for the position. It’s her resume and qualifications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Of the 155 people who have served on the Supreme Court, only three (Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall) have been of color. The nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson is a step in the right direction making the court look more like the country. Having a more all-inclusive court could drastically impact decisions moving forward.