US & Louisiana Black legislative caucuses react to Judge Jackson’s SCOTUS nomination
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, February 25, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court.
Here’s the reaction of federal and state Black leaders in the respective legislative caucuses:
“Ketanji Brown Jackson, an incredibly qualified judge with an extensive background in criminal justice reform, has an impressive resume filled with superb legal credentials, which are the standard for new justices,” said Nicole Austin-Hillery, president and chief executive officer of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. ” This moment is a step along the path towards equality, and even though we have a long way to go, inspiring women like Judge Jackson and this ground-breaking nomination gives us hope.”
CBC Chairwoman Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) warned, however, of the unique perils the potentially await Judge Jackson’s upcoming confirmation process:
“We are also prepared to combat anyone who may use personal attacks or bigoted language to discredit Judge Jackson,” Beatty said. “Sadly, we know that Black women in positions of power often face the ugliest forms of racist and sexist attacks. Despite this, in the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘we shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ ”
The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus said the following in a statement:
“As the Legislative Black Caucus Membership, we are vested in this appointment and support her nomination,” said the Caucus, in an official statement. “President Biden made an election promise to the constituency and he has delivered.”
The LLBC Chairman Rep. Vincent J. Pierre (D-Lafayette) added:
“We have come a long way as a people and have achieved much, we know that we cannot rest on our laurels, but we are proud and celebrate this triumphant moment in history.”
You can read both statements in full below.