WASHINGTON — This morning, President Biden announced that he is nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court, to take Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat when he retires at the end of this term.
Common Defense Political Director Naveed Shah released the following statement:
“The veterans of Common Defense applaud President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nomination. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, with her depth of experience across the legal profession and life-long commitment to public service, is an excellent candidate who will bring her tremendous skills and a strong dedication to the rule of law into the nation’s highest court.
“President Biden has nominated a highly qualified jurist who would make history as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, this also means that Judge Jackson will likely face intense scrutiny and be held to higher standards during the confirmation process because of her identity as a Black woman. In a society still struggling with systemic racism, people of color are expected to have impeccable credentials, attain exceptional success and have flawless records before they are taken seriously despite facing additional systemic barriers to access the resources and opportunities they need to reach such standards.
“While we enthusiastically support Judge Jackson’s historic nomination, we also recognize that one Black woman Supreme Court nominee, one Black president and one Black woman vice president does not mean that racism no longer exists in this country. The struggles for equity and racial justice will continue until we can ensure every person, regardless of racial background, has equity of opportunity to the resources they need to thrive.
“We urge the Senate to move forward with Judge Jackson’s nomination and confirm her to the Supreme Court as swiftly as they did for the U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Jackson’s nomination inspires us to continue building our multi-generational, multi-racial movement of veterans in support of liberty and justice for all. Because if this process shows us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go to reach our goals, but, when acting collectively, it is possible.”