Calling out Sexist and Racist Coverage of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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March 21, 2022


Calling out Sexist and Racist Coverage of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Today, March 21st, marks the start of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for her nomination to the Supreme Court. Her nomination is historic as the first ever Black woman, and third Black judge overall, to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Judge Brown Jackson deserves hearings that are fair, just, and focused strictly on her qualifications, past legal decisions, and legal philosophy. Her race and gender should not influence the process.

Unfortunately we have already seen rhetoric laced with racism and sexism. There is no place for this in 2022. Media representation is critical to how women and people of color are perceived by the public and Legal Momentum stands with other social justice organizations in watching, and calling out, coverage of Judge Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings that employs racist and sexist language. We will be posting along on our social media accounts using the hashtags #TruthAndJustice #SCOTUSNominee and #GetItRight. We welcome you to join us! Take a look at UltraViolet’s thorough media guide and social media toolkit with sample tweets and posts.

Judge Brown Jackson’s breadth of legal experience as a federal appellate judge, former law clerk to Justice Breyer, and former public defender (the first ever to be nominated) will allow her to bring a unique perspective to the Court. It is past time for the highest court in our country to reflect the diverse makeup of our nation. Legal Momentum looks forward to seeing Judge Brown Jackson as the first Black female Justice on the Supreme Court.