E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin
On February 22nd, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
in his presidential campaign then candidate Biden, indicated his first
appointment to the United States Supreme Court would be an African-American female.
thought it was a bad idea, and bad politics, the very first time I heard the statement.
My opinion has not changed.
United States Supreme Court periodically, especially during election cycles,
has become sort of a political football. Lots of strutting and talking about
who and what kind of person you'll appoint to the Supreme Court if you're
elected president of the United States. Up until now, the rhetoric has
generally revolved around the nature of appointees’ judicial actions, their
public writings, and their political leanings.
time, the decision was all about race, ethnicity and gender.
we have seen in the congressional hearings regarding judge Jackson's
confirmation, this approach to the Supreme Court nomination process has further
inflamed the political divide in our country.
limiting the pool of candidates to African-American females president Biden
has, whether deliberately or accidentally, injected the racial issues that have
been the flash point in our culture for almost a decade into the nomination of
a Supreme Court Justice, the highest court in the land.
judge Jackson the most qualified candidate to sit on the Supreme Court? We'll
never know for sure.
we do know is that should her nomination be confirmed, each decision she
participates in, opines on or has a part in will be subject to scrutiny
regarding the bias her appointment brings to the court. While judge Jackson's
actions may be totally unbiased, there are going to be those in all political
parties scrutinizing, commenting, and assessing her actions through a racial
of this could have been avoided, if Biden hadn't pandered for African American
votes using The United States Supreme Court as his foil.
could have, in all good faith, nominated a broader spectrum of candidates with
varying qualifications of which judge Jackson could have easily participated in
and quite probably been the successful candidate thus avoiding all the
wins in this appointment, not judge Jackson, not Joe Biden, and definitely not
The US judicial system.
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