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President Biden to Nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

The first Black woman appointed to the Supreme Court will be extraordinary, but she can’t save the Supreme Court President Biden to Nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

8:19 AM PT -- President Biden just made the announcement official, saying, "I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. Currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice."

A 51-year-old federal appeals court judge is poised to become the first-ever black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

President Biden is set to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who sits on the prestigious Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ... this according to ABC News.

Biden reportedly called Jackson to offer her the nom and she accepted during a call Thursday night.

Biden was true to his word when he said during the 2020 campaign he would nominate a Black woman.

In her early career, Jackson was a federal public defender. She'd be the first, former federal public defender to serve on the High Court since Thurgood Marshall. This is significant -- most of the Justices have no practical experience in the criminal justice system ... at least no experience in the trenches.

As for her chances, well there's a razor-thin Democrat majority in the Senate, but confirmation is likely unless there are surprises. Jackson's already been confirmed by the Senate 3 times -- twice when she was elevated to 2 federal courts and a third time when she was confirmed to sit on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

As for how Jackson could change the court ... not much for the immediate future. She's replacing a like-minded jurist in Breyer, so the balance of power is still 6-3 in favor of conservative justices.

And, fun fact ... while she was at Harvard she acted opposite Matt Damon in a drama class.


OPINION: The presence of a Black female justice cannot fix the structural issues facing the court. Only expanding the Supreme Court can do that.

Soon, President Joe Biden will nominate the first Black female Supreme Court justice—a moment that is long overdue. We believe in the power of representation in the highest ranks of government; we celebrate this, and we have every expectation that Biden will nominate an extraordinary lawyer committed to equal justice under the law.

But, this dynamic woman alone will not save the Supreme Court. The six-three Republican supermajority that currently dominates the court is the result of decades-long work by the right-wing legal movement whose goal has been to install partisans dedicated to helping Republicans score favorable political outcomes, not to deliver justice.

Representation is important, but it is not enough when the institution that the first Black female justice is entering is broken. If we are to see the fullness of this historic moment, we must fight for a Supreme Court that works for us all. The presence of a Black female justice cannot fix the structural issues facing our court. Only Supreme Court expansion can do that.

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We know that after a nominee is announced, there will be a lot of discussion of her extraordinary qualifications, abilities and her superb legal mind. As is often the case when Black women shatter glass ceilings, people may unfairly and unrealistically believe that this forthcoming justice will have the ability to singlehandedly rebalance and transform this institution.

Some may be tempted to put their hopes in her ability to somehow temper the direction of this court. But the Republican-appointed justices are not warping the direction of the law because they have not heard brilliant enough arguments against it; they are doing it because they can. It has been their intention to play the long game for the past several decades to ultimately reach the crisis moment that we are currently in—the moment to seize opportunities to overturn Roe v. Wade, completely eviscerate the Voting Rights Act, end affirmative action and trample on so many other civil rights issues.

We should celebrate what it means for Black women and girls to finally see themselves on the highest court in the land. But, if we then turn our attention away from the broken institution she will work within, it would mirror the way we too often treat Black women in America: celebrating diversity without reforming the institutions and structures so that they actually value the input and work of Black women. Putting a Black woman in the Supreme Court’s private conferences for the first time in history will mark an important step forward, but unless we send her four more colleagues who share her commitment to equal justice under the law, we won’t be doing right by her or our democracy.

Expanding the Supreme Court to restore balance to the institution is an idea that has taken off among progressives recently. This time last year, there wasn’t even a bill in Congress to do it. Now the bill, the Judiciary Act of 2021, which would add four seats to the court, has the support of more than 50 members of the House and Senate. Adding seats is constitutional, and it’s been done multiple times throughout our country’s history. To achieve a Supreme Court that works for the American people, we need everyone involved in the fight to get it passed.

While Biden’s nominee will undoubtedly be incredibly talented, she will not be magic, and anyone who watched Brett Kavanaugh’sconfirmation hearing should know that convincing him to do anything else but pursue the Republican Party’s policy agenda on the court would require an act of divine intervention. Celebrating this Black woman’s accomplishments so much that we expect her to pull off the impossible isn’t empowering her; it’s setting her up to fail.

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Comment by mr1stroke on February 27, 2022 at 11:48pm

Jessy thats a way to confuse the already confuse idiots, they so want to be around white people, they so like white peoples approval, he throws them a black face instead of changing policies so they never get what he promises, when he was running he promised the negros he will bring change and equality between police and community of color, ask all the negros who supported him what happened with the police reform, instead he gave them Juneteenth, what happened with the economy plan "lift every voice" instead he is giving you a black female as a judge? But will never give them anything he promised, the democrats will come back with the same lies in 2024 or by midterm election. Negros are the dumbest group in the world, they believe anything a white person tells them, so what justice is she going to change, what exactly is going to change compare to the issues the community already have, like Malcolm X said Negros are the democrats puppet. 

Comment by Jessy on February 27, 2022 at 7:01pm

I'm not impressed.  I'm so sick of Biden feeling that he has to put someone in a certain position because of their race or gender.  How about going for who is qualified for the job instead of going for their race or gender.

Comment by James Gibbs on February 25, 2022 at 11:51pm

@ mr1stroke, exactly! 

Comment by O g on February 25, 2022 at 11:34pm
Comment by mr1stroke on February 25, 2022 at 5:46pm

Its sad every time white people want to make black people bow down at their feet, they throw them a bone with no meat. Okay to all who are happy and like this its a goos gift to black people or a repayment for pur pain, we had the first Black this and black that, remember you had your first black president, if Biden is doing something so great, you already know your issues, you already what you have been marching for, and what you are marching for. So my question to you since it is such great things that he picked a black woman as a Supreme Court judge, what exactly is going to change, what exactly is she going to do, is she going to change those 1700s laws, is she going to give you police reform that you have been suffering for so long, is she going to change prison reform, all those laws that you complaint thay are so unjust is she going to change them, what exactly will be her role to black people, Kamala Harris is your first black female vice president so you claim, what exactly has she done for black people so far, or are you still blaming republicans with all the democrats all around capital hill? I want to hear the excuses from the smartest Negro so I can finish them with what I hold back, lets hear it, make white people look good.

Comment by Lu on February 21, 2022 at 8:10pm

YOU are on a roll #FACTS

 stephen myers

LMAO. but truth

Comment by stephen myers on February 19, 2022 at 11:20am

Sambo Clarence looks like a stuffed corpse, Black women will serve her master well, she want to always be the Boss Bytch.

Comment by John Smith on February 19, 2022 at 12:07am


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Comment by James Gibbs on February 18, 2022 at 9:04pm

It's a nothing burger. 

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