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Racing Away From Our Past With Judge Jackson

Jamie Stiehm on

WASHINGTON -- The vortex of our vexed record on race came out with the cherry blossoms.

These three things: the Senate vote on a historic Supreme Court nominee; an anti-lynching law passed at last; and marking the cruel April day Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.

President Joe Biden's nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be confirmed, with few Republican votes. She's the first Black woman ever to rise to the high court, as Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., declared.

Despite her impeccable credentials and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, five Senate Republicans made sport of the distinguished Jackson.

Yet she showed dignity and forbearance, a true judicial temperament.

To accuse the judge of being soft on child pornography was the lowest of blows, akin to a Southern strategy.

 

Snarling senators were Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

All hail from former slave states. It was not pretty to treat Jackson that way.

Is this just a coincidence? You tell me. History rhymes and patterns remain.

Jackson was clear and candid in her answers, more than any other nominee in years. She came across as forceful yet respectful.

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