The honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson made history today by becoming the first Black woman to be sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Brown Jackson will join a court in turmoil following unprecedented rulings repealing voter rights protections, a controversial ruling on gun rights and overturning Roe vs. Wade, which ends a woman’s right to an abortion and the right to make decisions about her reproductive health. In addition, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is mired in controversy over his presumed role in the insurrection amid the role of his wife Ginny, who is an alleged organizer of the attempted coup to overthrow Congress and overturn the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are under fire for lying about their intentions on abortion during their Congressional hearings after making decisions contrary to their stated positions on those topics in the hearings. Chief Justice John Roberts is being lambasted for having lost control of the court by allowing justices to make decisions based on religious doctrine instead of the U.S. Constitution.
Jackson joins a 6-3 conservative court, replacing Justice Stephen Beyer for whom she clerked. We wish Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson good luck.
This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Instagram or Twitter @Ntellectual or @TheBurtonWire.