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Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history by becoming the first black woman on the Supreme Court

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, making her the first-ever black woman and former public defender to serve on the nation’s highest court.

Jackson, 51, was confirmed in a 53-47 vote. All the Democrats voted for her, as well as three Republicans: the senses. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah).

Her confirmation seals a promise from President Joe Biden, who pledged as a candidate to choose a black woman for the Supreme Court.

With Jackson on the court, white men won’t be the majority of judges for the first time.

It is difficult to overemphasize the total control that white men have exercised over the land for virtually all of United States history. Since the creation of the Supreme Court in 1789, 108 of 115 judges were white men.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Hispanic member of the court, spoke about the benefits of diversity on the bench, saying that a “different perspective can give you a better understanding of the arguments before you and help you articulate your position. in a way that everyone will understand.

“In the 233-year history of the Supreme Court, never – never – has a black woman held the title of ‘justice,’” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) ahead of Jackson’s vote. “This step should have happened generations ago – generations ago – but we are still trotting along the path to a more perfect union. Nevertheless, today’s America is taking a giant step towards making our union more perfect.

In another historic moment, Vice President Kamala Harris, the first black woman to hold the position, presided over Jackson’s confirmation vote.

Jackson, who has been a federal judge for nearly a decade and comes in with an outstanding resume, suffered ridiculous and ugly attacks from Republicans during his confirmation process – despite the fact that most of those GOP senators had already voted to confirm her once, twice, or even three times to other judges or the US Sentencing Commission.

Several have falsely accused her of being soft on child sex offenders as a judge, even though they know his record is well into the mainstream. They mocked her for refusing to define a ‘woman’ during her confirmation hearing – an attempt to lure her into a controversial transgender debate – even though these same republicans fought when asked by HuffPost how they would define “a woman.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) falsely claimed that Jackson enjoys helping terrorists and said she would have defended the nazis in Nuremberg. His absurd jump echoes a GOP theme dwelling on Jackson’s stint as a public defender representing Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with terrorism. As a public defender, Jackson did not choose his clients.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a show grilling Jackson about whether she thinks ‘babies are racist’, waving a children’s anti-racism book in the air as he tries to link her to the attacks GOP misrepresentations against an academic discipline known as critical race theory. (Cruz’s effort to smear this book ended up making it a #1 bestseller on Amazon.)

But Jackson navigated her audition with grace and composure, with even some of her toughest GOP critics admitting they were in awe of her. She had dedicated advocates across the country who were glued to hearings and even went to the Supreme Court to show his support.

At the end of the full two days Jackson was grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.), the only black member of the panel, gave an incredible speech that brought him to tears as he spoke of the “joy” his detractors can’t take away from him as he watches Jackson make history on the court.

“I don’t let anyone in the Senate steal my joy,” Booker said emphatically.

“You are a person who is so much more than your race and gender,” he told Jackson. “You have earned this spot. You are worthy. You are a great American… You are here. And I know what it took for you to sit in that seat.

Booker said Harriet Tubman has long been his “harbinger of hope,” and now Jackson is too.

“This country is getting better and better,” he said, becoming emotional. “When that final vote takes place and you get to the highest court in the land, I’m going to rejoice. And I’ll tell you right now: the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, will be better off because of you.



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