The following statement is from Brianna Brown, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) Co-Executive Director, in reaction to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson being confirmed today to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The significance of this confirmation vote cannot be overstated. For the first time in our nation’s history, a Black woman will preside over the dais of the U.S. Supreme Court, bringing with her an invaluable amount of legal expertise and lived experience as a Black woman.
“This groundbreaking moment not only calls for celebration, but for reflection. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, now confirmed to the highest court in the land, will soon provide crucial legal opinions in her new role on cases that will be of enormous consequence to the future of our personal freedoms, as well as democracy itself.
“Also, at a time when reactionary politicians across the country are crafting egregious laws to chip away at the rights of those in communities of color from voting rights to healthcare access – particularly in Black and Latino communities – Judge Jackson’s upstanding values and keen understanding of our justice system will prove especially vital.
“TOP knows Judge Jackson will serve on the Supreme Court bench with purpose and honor – the same that she has displayed her entire legal career.”
Eric Mata, TOP board president, added:
“This is a monumental and joyous day. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s insightfulness, honesty, and poise all shined through during her confirmation hearings, and they are all qualities that will make her an exceptional Supreme Court justice.
“More than ever, we need her energy, experience as a public defender, and breadth of judicial knowledge to be a force for good on this Supreme Court. There’s no doubt in our minds that Judge Jackson will rise to this challenge.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris, Bexar, and Fort Bend counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.
This statement was sent out April 7, 2022.