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Republican Racism on Full Display at SCOTUS hearing for Jackson

Black Girl Magic” is on full display in the supreme court confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Republicans are apoplectic. The juxtaposition of Jackson’s calm, confident, professionalism with the hostile, cynical and contemptuous questioning by senators such as Texas senator Ted Cruz is an object lesson for the entire world on [b]the ongoing dynamics of systemic racism in the United States.[/b]

Rather than do their constitutional duty of engage with a prospective supreme court justice on the pressing legal issues of the day, the [b]Republican committee members have opted to throw racist red meat to their rabid white supporters who are gripped by fear of people of color[/b]. Cruz led the charge with his attacks on critical race theory, asking Jackson whether she agrees “that babies are racist” and trying to paint the judge as a dangerous person who would force white children to learn about racism.

In so doing, Cruz was working from a tried and tired playbook that seeks to dramatize anti-racist demands in ways that fuel white fears about the consequences of Black people attaining positions of power. [b]There is a long history in this country of the leaders of white people trying to force Black people to denounce anti-racist movements as a condition for entry into the highest precincts of power[/b].

[b]In 2008, the media tried to force Barack Obama to denounce his pastor Jeremiah Wright’s statements forcefully condemning white supremacy.[/b] Two decades earlier, Jesse Jackson was dogged by demands that he distance himself from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. [b]The point of said attacks is to try to weaken support for the Black person one way or another. Either they distance themselves from Black leaders and movements, thereby diminishing Black enthusiasm, or they refuse to renounce anti-racist voices, and that refusal is then used to scare white people.[/b]

Cruz and his ilk gravitate to such tactics because white fears about Black people have defined politics in this country for centuries. One of the Republican questioners of Judge Jackson was South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, representative of a state that has been in the forefront of efforts to whip white people into a frenzy about the prospects of Black equality.

[b]Today’s Republicans are becoming so hysterical because people like Judge Jackson pose a revolutionary threat to the status quo in that they reveal the ubiquity of Black brilliance.[/b] Cruz, Graham and their fellow modern-day Confederates know instinctively that a[b]s the public sees how many amazing Black women there are, it becomes much harder to explain why most of the powerful positions in this country are still held by white men[/b]. In 233 years, there hasn’t been a single Black woman smart enough to sit on the supreme court? The notion is absurd. So, if it’s not lack of talent, then it must be something else. Like racism and sexism. Exposing this reality is very dangerous to a political party whose power rests on exploiting that racism and sexism (all the while denying it exists).

The very fact that Jackson’s nomination is historic and not routine is a profound indictment of the United States of America. Hour after hour, question after question, [b]Judge Jackson – secure in the knowledge that she is simply the latest talented Black woman and not the first – is calmly, confidently and politely taking a wrecking ball to the myth that America is a meritocracy.[/b] And the implications of that [b]scare the Republicans to death.[/b]
Ynotisay · M
Their strategy was a choice that made who they are, and what they want, blatantly clear. Some of them handled it appropriately. Which was actually surprising. But others were looking for that soundbite that would result in an invitation to FOX. "What is a woman" is the one they latched on to. Disgusting.
At the very least, she was strong, poised, reasoned and intelligent. Everything they're not and that scares them.
Diotrephes · 70-79, M
@Ynotisay Jackson should have replied to that question with "a woman is an adult member of the sex that was given the right to participate in the political affairs of the United States mostly by White men with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920."
Ynotisay · M
@Diotrephes HA. But then that would opened the door for one of them to push back against that. Because the nation was better before women could vote, right?
Budwick · 70-79, M
Poor leftiys - they dislike being confronted with the truth of their own ugly perceptions.

The fact that Jackson is a black female means absolutely nothing if her rulings are or will be anti American / anti-Constitution.
markansas · 61-69, M
Republicans Go Hoods Off During SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing
Republican Senator Mike Braun criticized the Supreme court for legalizing interracial marriages,
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
Just saw a mailing from Rep Chris Smith -- very proud that he's supporting voter suppression and banning funding for any school that teaches any form of Critical Race Theory. So, same ol' same ol' for Chris.
Ynotisay · M
@ChipmunkErnie I always thought he was a little more moderate. Must have an election coming up and he's throwing red meat to the lowest common denominator for his own gain.
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
@Ynotisay He's pretty well known for being right wing -- and spent years refusing to meet his constituency in any situation where people would be free to disagree with him. No town hall meetings, only carefully choreographed photo ops to make himself look good.
Ynotisay · M
@ChipmunkErnie Interesting. Thanks for that. They know no bounds.
Diotrephes · 70-79, M
News flash! Black people have only been American citizens for 154 years come this July 9th. Therefore, there was no way in hell any Black person could have been any kind of federal judge in America before that date.

William H. Hastie became the first Black federal district court judge in 1937 but that was for the U.S Virgin Islands and not in the States. Appointed by FDR.

The first Black woman federal judge was Constance Baker Motley for the Southern District of New York, appointed by LB Johnson.

Out of 115 SCOTUS justices, only two have been Black since 1790.

There have been 15 Catholics and 8 Jews on the SCOTUS.
👍 @Diotrephes Also noteworthy.

The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution: Women's right to vote passed by congress June 4, 1919, and ratified August 18, 1920 (123 years)
Goodlife · 26-30, M
biden was racist when he said a it will be a “black female"
@Goodlife But he specified he’d choose a woman.
@Goodlife Was Reagan a racist when he appointed Scalia "because it's time to have an Italian on the court?" And Trump appointed Barrett because she is a woman, do you have a problem with that?
@LeopoldBloom Gosh, guess he was.
FukFaceWillie · 46-50, M
To be honest, I didn’t care a black woman was nominated. I just cared a liberal was. I think the Republicans were more grandstanding than anything else, and that America is not a racist dystopia.
FukFaceWillie · 46-50, M
@bijouxbroussard He’s the worst! The news about his wife is so disturbing.
CorvusBlackthorne · 46-50, M
@FukFaceWillie @bijouxbroussard It helps that she is almost overqualified for the job.
@CorvusBlackthorne Ironic that the questions they asked targeted her race rather than all those qualifications, and they didn’t pretend otherwise.
MrBrownstone · 41-45, M
Wasn’t Biden against Thomas?
Diotrephes · 70-79, M
@MrBrownstone thomas is a corrupt Uncle Tom. Everyone should have been against him, even the crooks he works for.
MrBrownstone · 41-45, M
@Diotrephes You sound racist.
Persabul · 31-35, M
Do you realize by calling everyone raceist u remove any reason not to be raceist.
@Persabul Racists generally don’t [b]need[/b] a "reason". They believe what they believe. And being called racist seems to bothers them much more than actually being racists ever would.
Persabul · 31-35, M
@bijouxbroussard im not sure what u mean?
@Persabul Let me try again. The reason to [b]not[/b] be racist is obvious. People have much more in common overall than not, and most of us want the same things. Racists hate, and they don’t need a reason. You can’t turn someone into a racist if that mindset isn’t there.
Yes !!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
1490wayb · 56-60, M
media wants you to believe this. you dont realize the pool for this position is very small. runs from harvard to washington dc court system. anyone outside this small group has no chance
CorvusBlackthorne · 46-50, M
I should work on designing a device of some sort that remotely stimulates the sudden production of melanin in the skin of certain persons...
spjennifer · 56-60, T
We gots to keep them darkies where they belong, pickin' cotton in our fields and in the melon patch! 😖

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