Justice for a black woman is long overdue for America

In 1776, the authors declared the self-evident and later universal truth that all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Above the door, above the Supreme Court building is inscribed the lofty aspiration, “Equal justice before the law”. However, it is interesting to note that this building was consecrated in 1935, less than a year after the 1934 appointment of the first woman appointed to the federal bench in the country’s history and 47 years before the inauguration of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice.

For most of our national history, presidents and senators have turned a deaf ear to Abigail Adams’ call for her husband “to remember the ladies and be more generous and supportive of them than your ancestors were.” . Since Justice O’Connor’s appointment in 1981, only four women have been appointed to the High Court for the 18 vacancies during that period despite the fact that women constitute the majority of the general population, 37% of all lawyers in America, a number that will soon exceed the majority since a substantial majority (54%) of all law students in America are women.

With the announcement of his retirement by Associate Justice Stephane BreyerStephen BreyerJackson tells senators she sees Breyer as a role model for justice and ‘hopes to carry on his spirit’, President BidenJoe BidenEx-Trump’s personal assistant appears before January 6 panel Defense and National Security – Russia Sends Warnings to the West On the Money – Feds Propose New Disclosure Rule for Public Companies MORE and the United States Senate, have now been introduced and should act quickly to seize this opportunity to begin to rectify the gender imbalance of the High Court and to diversify its composition by appointing and confirming a member among the most underrepresented, most disadvantaged, most marginalized, most suffering, and most patient demographic in America: The black woman.

Longer than any other racial or ethnic group, black women have been subject to the coercive powers of the law while being excluded from opportunities to craft the laws under which citizens must live. If you are still governed but deprived of the possibility of governing in your turn, you are only a subject, and not a full citizen. And that’s how you get Supreme Court decisions like Dred Scott vs. Sandford (1857), Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), Korematsu v. United States (1944), Civil Rights Cases (1883), Bowers vs. Hardwick (1986), Lochner vs. New York (1905) and Buck v. Bell (1927).

Simply put, the goal of seeking diversity in the composition of the decision-making institutions of a political system is not to elevate any particular man or woman, but (1) to improve, as postulated by the theorem of Condorcet, the quality and accuracy of institutional decision-making and (2) strengthen institutional legitimacy by increasing its diffuse support from marginal members of the political community. Researchers have shown that people are more likely to trust those with whom they share physical characteristics and therefore, as the Center for American Progress documents, “in the interests of both equality and perceived fairness, it is important that judges reflect the parties and populations they serve. Or, as scholars Jason Iuliano and Avery Stewart have described, “In delivering justice to all citizens, the legal system cannot allow one demographically homogenous group to make decisions while other racial and ethnic groups carry the weight of those decisions.

The federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, is unlike the general public. Stark disparities exist for women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians, and LGBTQ people. Consider, for example, that of all judges currently serving in federal Article III courts, only about 10 percent are African American and 2.6 percent are Asian American. In contrast, blacks and African Americans make up 12.5% ​​of the US population, while Asians make up 5.7% of the population. Hispanics are woefully underrepresented in the courts relative to their share of the population with only 6.6% of sitting federal judges being Hispanic despite the fact that this group represents 18.3% of the US population.

As President Lincoln reminded us at Gettysburg, the proposition that a people can govern themselves should not be taken for granted; it is a proposition that will be tested over and over again and it is up to us, the living, to resolve to engage in the great task always before us, that government of the people, by the people and for the people will not will not perish from the earth. This genius for self-government is the Framers’ gift to us and America’s gift to the world, and for nearly 250 years the world has looked upon the United States with wonder, admiration and envy not only for its powers and its impressive achievements, but to be the example to which most freedom-loving nations aspire.

The Philadelphia Miracle of 1789 lives on, but only because we Americans decide it does and work to make it so. The object of our form of government is to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to secure domestic tranquility, to provide for the common defence, to promote the general welfare, and to secure the benefits of freedom for posterity.

And that starts with having a government whose institutions, including and especially the Supreme Court, are made up of people who look like the American people.

Therefore, let the nation unite deeply and applaud both the appointment and the service of the judge Ketanji Brown JacksonKetanji Brown JacksonJustice for a black woman is long overdue for America The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senators weigh in on Jackson’s child pornography conviction case Graham gets combative with Jackson: ‘What faith are you, in made?” CONTINUED who is prepared, qualified and ready to be the next justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeKaine says he thinks Russia wants to use Brittney Griner ‘as a bargaining chip’ Anxiety over Brittney Griner’s freedom mounts amid Russian-Ukrainian conflict, a Democrat representing Houston in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a senior member of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees. She is chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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