Take a Seat, Ketanji Brown Jackson

By Emma Kidger 

On February 25, Joe Biden nominated federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement from the Supreme Court in late January, forcing Biden to find a replacement. With her renowned education from Harvard Law and a resume including serving almost 9 years as a federal judge, Biden deemed her beyond acceptable for the job. He exclaimed how he especially chose her in hopes for “a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation,” highlighting the significance of the first potential African American female justice. While her potential place on the court will add a fourth female justice, Jackson would continue to maintain the 6-3 conservative majority. Despite this, Bidens is still attempting to create a somewhat even court with Jackson whose liberal perspective on American politics has still “earned a measure of Republican support,” in the past. While many Americans are excited and proud of Jackson’s potential place on the U.S. Supreme Court, many far-right politicians and senators have openly criticized her and her ideals. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for one, has pointed out her work on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and claims that Jackson’s only the “favored choice of far-left dark-money groups.” As Jackson’s confirmation hearings will begin March 21, CBS News expects the hearings to focus on reversals on her written opinions, cases like the Don McGahn case, as well as her associations with past clients. However, despite the pressure and challenges presented, Jackson has already reached her goal to “inspire future generations of Americans.”