"For too long, our government, our courts haven't looked like America," President Biden said earlier in February this year when he nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the nine-justice bench of the highest court in the nation. Just this past week the first ever Black woman was sworn in as our newest Supreme Court justice.
Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson. The ‘lovely one’. In a country where African men and women were once forced to change their names by their slave owners, and where having an African-sounding name can still hurt your chances of landing a job - how amazing it is to have one of our Supreme Court justices with an African name! What a meaningful step forward for Black Americans!
I am truly delighted by her nomination to the highest court in the United States. I hope this sends a signal to all that people with “Black-sounding” or “Asian-I fluencies” or “Latino-like” names are worthy applicants for any job in our country.
“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, but we've made it! We've made it — all of us," Jackson’s own words, best sum up this historic feat. What a proud moment for all Hyphenated Americans!