Ketanji Brown Jackson: Finally, a supreme role model for black girls
This is an opinion cartoon.
Kentaji Brown Jackson’s rise to the highest court in the land gives black women reason to dream supreme.
Jackson is the first black woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and she will also be the first justice to previously serve as a federal public defender. Taken together, Jackson’s background means she will bring a fresh perspective to forensic opinions. Her unique and fresh voice might even help influence her colleagues.
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Being the first means you have to be the best. Jackson is bright, classy, resolute and highly skilled. His confirmation is good a day to remember, celebrate and be uplifted.
Here is an excerpt from Roy Johnson’s column:
I will remember the chairs. The empty chairs. The empty leather chairs on the Republican side of the august US Senate chamber. The empty leather chairs apparently cleared before Vice President Kamala Harris could say officially confirmed.
Before the first black female vice president of the United States could announce that the Senate had confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black female associate justice in the 233-year history of the United States Supreme Court. The vote, as expected, was 53-47.
Harris’ words drew standing cheers from the Democratic side of the chamber. The TV cameras then quickly moved to the other side of the room (the left side, haha). Empty chairs. Empty leather chairs.
I wish I could not see them. really.
I wish I could just breathe in the sweet magnitude of what happened. Could just kiss her like a warm hug. Greet him like a black man with a black daughter and a black niece. Shortly after confirming, I simply texted them: Remember this day. Celebrate this day. Be uplifted by this day.
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JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and AL.com. He won the RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons in 2020. In 2018, he received the Rex Babin Memorial Award for local and state cartoons by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Follow JD on FacebookTwitter @Crowejam and Instagram @JDCrowepix.