Ms. Magazine: How Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Nomination Is Balancing the Scales of Justice
By Laphonza Butler
Last week, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson went through her first confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee as the first Black woman nominated to serve on the Supreme Court in its 232-year history. A series of final votes are likely to culminate this week. This is a huge moment for a community that has helped to build this country, kept it running and yet seen too little power throughout history.
We should—and will—celebrate the history that this nominee will make and what it means to finally be represented in the highest halls of power. But even with Jackson’s historic nomination, the celebration and incredible endorsements that have ensued, it remains likely that some Republicans will unfairly and disproportionately call her qualifications into question, solely because of her race and gender.
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