For the first time in history, a Black woman now sits on the Supreme Court. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s swearing in today is a moment to celebrate, and a reminder that we still have much work to do before we achieve true equality in this country.
Guest post by Allyson McKinney Timms, as originally published by Justice Revival, an ERA Coalition partner
Black women have contributed significantly to American democracy, and yet we have never been represented in an institution whose decisions deeply impact our lives. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation is a moment of both joy and validation, and is long overdue. Her tremendous record as a jurist demonstrates an understanding of how rulings impact some of the most vulnerable in our society, and she’s clearly the best person for the job.
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You may have already heard, but President Biden just nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman ever elevated by a President to join the Supreme Court of the United States!
Few Black women have served on the federal bench, and of course none have ever served on the highest court in the land. This historic nomination will change that.
By talking about Black History Month through the lens of what Black people are really going up against, we are forcing white supremacy to own up to how Black people have the rights, or rather lack thereof, that they do because of systemic racism and oppression by White heteropatriarchal systems.