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Houston-based artist Anat Ronen painted a mural in Finnegan Park in Houston, Texas of newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Senate confirms first Black female Supreme Court judge

By Sergio Presa Jr.

The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black female, to the Supreme Court on April 7.

The vote for Jackson’s confirmation made it through the Senate in a 53-47 bipartisan vote.  She will the first Black woman to serve on the high court. Every Democratic Senator voted to confirm Jackson and Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney voted with Democrats in confirming her. Jackson is replacing Justice Stephen Bryer who is retiring.

Jackson’s confirmation has been closely watched, especially by Americans who believe the Supreme Court needs to be more diverse. UHD student Diana Ambrosio said her confirmation is groundbreaking and that Jackson is “more than qualified for that position.”

“It is only logical for more than just white men to represent the people of the United States,” Ambrosio said.

“Seeing her work her way through a system that was created by men for men is amazing and only encourages me to work my way to help better the system,” Diana Ambrosio, Datelines Business Manager, said about Jackson’s confirmation.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was invited by the White House to attend Jackson’s commemoration ceremony also had some words to say.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am. I mean she endured a very tough confirmation,” Turner said.

“Her presence will signal to a lot of boys and girls that the opportunity is there, and this Supreme Court will look a bit more like America.”

The mayor also believes having Jackson on the Court will better represent America.

Sen. Mitt Romney stated that while he may not agree with all the decisions Jackson will make on the court, she is a “well-qualified jurist and a person of honor.”

Other Republicans did not share Romney’s view, as Sens. Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, and Ted Cruz questioned whether Jackson had let convicted child pornographers with sentences that were too light and grilled her with questions about those rulings.

“It was disappointing and frustrating to see elementary level questions asked to her by conservative senators throughout her confirmation hearings,” a UHD freshman studying law, history, and culture Heather Hong said.

Judge Jackson will join liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

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Last updated 4/28/2022 6:55 AM