Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman ever confirmed to the US Supreme Court, said her appointment marked a ‘moment that all Americans can be very proud of’ – but one that holds special significance given history of slavery and segregation of the country.
During a White House ceremony alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, Jackson quoted American poet Maya Angelou’s famous poem, Still I Rise, saying, “I am the dream and the hope of the slave”.
“I firmly believe that this is a moment that all Americans can be very proud of. We have come a long way towards perfecting our union. In my family, it took only one generation to move from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.
“And it is an honor – the honor of a lifetime – for me to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level and to do my part to carry out our project. common democracy and equal justice under the law into the future.
The ceremony came a day after the US Senate voted 53-47 in favor of Jackson’s nomination, making her not only the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, but also the third black American to join. the High Court.
Historic moment for our courts and for our country. Congratulations, Judge Jackson. pic.twitter.com/eLSfs1QoHB
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 7, 2022
Jackson’s confirmation process has exposed deep partisan divisions in the United States, with Republicans seeking to portray the longtime jurist and US appeals court judge as a “radical” on the left, while Democrats firmly supported her.
While most Republicans voted against his Supreme Court membership on Thursday, three GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah — backed Jackson, sealing his nomination in the process. the room equally divided.
Jackson, who was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals last year, had received support for her Supreme Court nomination from a wide range of stakeholders in the United States, including advocacy groups civil rights, law enforcement, and state attorneys general.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his confirmation marked “a joyous day” for the country, while Vice President Kamala Harris also said it was a “historic” moment. .
Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also congratulated Jackson saying, “The world witnessed history yesterday with the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the States. -United “.
“Her confirmation is already inspiring a generation of young women to follow in her footsteps,” Sirleaf noted on Twitter.
At Friday’s ceremony, which was attended by Democratic lawmakers and others, US President Joe Biden said Jackson’s confirmation would be remembered as “a moment of true change in American history.”
“Yesterday we all witnessed a truly historic moment,” Biden said of Jackson’s US Senate confirmation vote.
“After more than 20 hours of interrogation during his hearing[s] and nearly 100 meetings… we have all seen the kind of justice she will be,” he added. “Fair and impartial, thoughtful, careful, precise, brilliant – a brilliant legal mind with a thorough knowledge of the law and a judicial temperament…that is calm and in control.”
Jackson’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the Biden administration, which is dealing with public discontent over rising prices and other issues ahead of the midterm elections in November, Kimberly Halkett reported. Al Jazeera from Washington.
“Not only is there a bad mood among the American public as they continue to emerge from COVID-19, but there is frustration with the ongoing price spikes that have occurred, the 40 high years when it comes to inflation…a sluggish economy, and war in Ukraine,” Halkett said, explaining that this has translated into lower approval ratings for Biden.
“He really needs a win, and he sees this as a win – and that’s why there’s also a bit of politics involved here. Of course, it’s a historic occasion, but the president [is] also hoping to capture some political momentum on this.