April 4 is the date set for voting on Ketanji Brown Jackson to a vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. She seems to have enough votes to win the seat, however, there seems to be some flies in the ointment. Has there been a financial payoff to Thomas’ wife for his vote to guarantee Justice Clarence Thomas’ ruling on an upcoming case? Jackson seems to be in trouble with four Republican Senators, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Marsha Blackburn. Senator Joe Manchin has indicated he will vote for her; however, Senator Susan Collins and other Republican senators are question marks.
I watched as Judge Kavanaugh and Judge Amy Coney Barrett floated through their confirmation hearing without any problems. However, in the case of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, racism reared its ugly head. Hypocrites Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, and Sen. Josh Hawley, who have protected sex deviants, attacked Judge Jackson as well as Jackson’s children’s private school. Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked the most stupid question, in my opinion. She asked Judge Jackson the definition of a woman. I do not think Judge Jackson answered the question.
I never got her point. I have been an attorney for over forty years, and I have never asked or even heard that question asked, and yet this woman who a United States senator is (who, to me, did not look the part), asked such a dumb thing. These four questioning senators all seem subject to corruption and conspiracy. They came with their notes, charts, and props to use in their attempted smear tactic.
Judge Jackson’s parents, who are from various police department backgrounds, her family, other relatives, and fellow Judges must be proud of her work and her image for little Black girls to follow. But at the hearing, she was treated like most young Black students, being told they did not belong at Harvard, where she attended undergraduate school and law school and encouraged by a woman who told her to persevere.
I have yet to see anything wrong with Judge Jackson. She is smart, she knows the law, she seemingly knows how to apply the law, she is brighter than those questioning her and smarter than judges left on the court, and she would serve with the kind of dignity, pride and integrity required of the court. The Republicans seem to hate to see a woman on the court, as was the case when Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her search for work as a lawyer. Her presence as a Judge and Justice tells me that you can be anything you want to be as long as you apply yourself. This is what makes me proud.
As Black people in this country, we need as many role models as possible beyond sports and entertainers to follow. The more role models we have in all fields, the better. Then there is Justice Clarence Thomas who could have been a role model, but his sorry record is less than great. Recent events demonstrate that his wife keeps him on the hot seat, as she participates in advocating for various causes including writing twenty-nine letters to Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff instructing him to keep Donald Trump in office beyond his legitimate term. Thomas and his wife have no class or integrity. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has all this “and a bag of chips.”