Ketanji Brown Jackson Fought Injustices While at Harvard

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court is currently the subject of a four-day hearing process in the US Senate. She is the first Black woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court and, if confirmed, the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court.. Black women have been fighting for one of our own to serve on the Supreme Court for years. I always think about Black

Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination

women’s organising and activism power during Women’s History Month, and Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination is yet another illustration of how important it is for us to be leaders and advocates.

Even though this Supreme Court nomination represents a step toward a more diverse court, we are aware that justice cannot be achieved through representation alone. We continue to live in a nation where police frequently kill Black people, where children live in poverty, and where trans women continue to be the target of violence.

There is obviously more work we can do to defend and support queer Black girls and femmes whose lives and families are threatened by anti-gay and anti-trans legislation, especially in light of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that is looming in Florida.

Legal Decisions

Ketanji Brown Jackson is more qualified to make legal decisions that affect Black and Brown people because of her experience representing clients from underserved communities.

Republicans will do their best to undermine her views on topics like affirmative action and cast doubt on her qualifications because she is a Black woman. Republicans will intensify their attacks in the coming days leading up to the confirmation, and we hope that leaders from all backgrounds—not just Black women—as well as activists will be prepared to stand up for truth and debunk these lies.

Most Qualified Candidates for the Supreme Court

One of the most qualified candidates for the Supreme Court that we have ever seen is Ketanji Brown Jackson. She will be the first justice since Justice Thurgood Marshall to have worked as a federal public defender and to have handled numerous criminal defence cases for clients who lacked access to adequate legal representation. Additionally, Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the lone justice on the new court to have worked for the US Sentencing Commission, an independent, bipartisan organisation established by Congress to lessen disparities and advance transparency in sentencing.

More than Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett, who each served for less than three years prior to their nominations, she also served as a federal district and appeals court judge.