Supreme Court to benefit from first Black female justice if confirmed
By Lewis Roberts Jr.
Since the founding of the Supreme Court 232 years ago, 95% of Supreme Court justices have been white men, an unacceptable statistic. Furthermore, according to a 2020 profile of the legal profession by the American Bar Association, 86% of all lawyers were non-Hispanic whites, 5% are African American, 5% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 0.4% Native American.
Following the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, President Biden kept his promise to nominate the first Black female Supreme Court justice. Ketanji Brown Jackson has made history and will influence Supreme Court decisions for many years following the Senate confirmation. Once confirmed, Jackson will ensure that American institutions are representative of the population that it serves.
Having a Black female justice seated in the SCOTUS allows for a unique and profound perspective. Jackson will have a deeper understanding of issues that affect women of color, such as having the highest instance of breast cancer, heart disease, and the highest mortality rates during childbirth, and could help other justices to have a different viewpoint when hearing cases.
The First female Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor upon listening to late Justice Thurgood Marshall speak about separation’s harsh impact on Black children, stated that her “awareness of race-based disparities deepened.”
In the same way that Justice O’Connor was impacted, a liberal Black justice would possibly influence the United States’ Chief Justice and the other seven associate justices. They may not agree with all her viewpoints, but it would start a dialogue that can only occur if she’s present. She has been absent for 232 years. Let’s hear what she has to say.
I am optimistic this will create a new generation of young girls and women interested in becoming a lawyer due to the public visibility of Supreme Court justices. Lady Justice wears her blindfold, but I am convinced that it is see-through because of the daily disparities in the U.S. legal system. And for this very reason, we need more people of color fighting for legal justice. This nomination sends a strong message signaling that all Americans are genuinely able to take advantage of the great opportunities in this great country.
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