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Jackson Subjected to Congressional Racism

Mar 28, 2022

What started as a joyful moment for family and friends of U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson did not remain that for long. The televised Senate confirmation hearings for the first black female nominee were historic. The humble origins of this former high school debate champion whose parents grew up under segregation, became educators, and raised a daughter who graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, are compelling.

Many who tuned in to hearings to become acquainted with Judge Jackson and her qualifications ended up viewing something very hard to watch. What viewers witnessed were attacks many black women in professional roles are familiar with. In this case, those doing the attacking were far-right senators. They seemed to be auditioning for a role in the next Jackass movie!

Two Republican senators who are rumored to be running for President in 2024, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, acted like the spotlight needed to be on them and their political ambitions. Because the actual record of Judge Jackson is exactly what the U.S. government traditionally requires of a Supreme Court Justice, there was nothing substantial to criticize.

These two and their accomplices created problems out of whole cloth. Like a broken record, disrespectful questions were asked about past cases involving sentences for adults convicted of child pornography charges. It was a gut-punch to watch as these senators exploited the suffering of traumatized children, treating victims as mere stepping stones for their political ambitions!

These election-year antics sought to slander and demonize the nominee. They were not successful. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson alternated between patiently explaining how the U.S. legal system works and deftly putting these clowns in their place.

After three days of grueling hearings, Judge Jackson is expected to be confirmed with a vote along party lines. But the condescending behavior, the racism and sexism on full display at these hearings, was truly disgusting. Anyone who perpetrated this racist garbage should have been thrown out. And those who tolerated it without taking action go with them!