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Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first black justice of the US Supreme Court

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, chosen by Joe Biden for the Supreme Court of the United States, was confirmed this Thursday by the Senate in the position becoming the first African-American woman to occupy one of the nine lifetime positions of the Supreme Court in her 232 years of service. history.

In a first instance, Jackson won a procedural vote with the support of 53 senators, while 47 voted against, the same final vote that ratified her in office and that it was announced by Vice President Kamala Harris in the midst of a standing ovation from the legislature.

Presiding over the session was African-American Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who delivered a stirring speech on the third day of hearings to assess the justice’s candidacy.

Booker criticized the Republicans for having found any excuse to attack Jackson and applauded everything the judge had achieved to get there, also being a black woman and with the obstacles that that implies .

“No one is going to steal my joy,” Booker declared then, as Brown wiped away tears.

The confirmation in the Senate of Jackson, who since last year has been a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was taken for granted since the Democrats have the 51 votes necessary to do so.

However, they also had the support of Republicans such as: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, so the vote had a bipartisan air as Biden wanted.

US Vice President Kamala Harris was tasked with presiding over the Senate this afternoon for the final vote to confirm Jackson.

Like Jackson, Harris is full of firsts, and in January 2021, she became the first African-American and the first woman of Indian or Asian descent to reach the vice presidency of the United States.

Jackson’s arrival on the court would not change the ideological composition of the US Supreme Court , which with six conservative and three progressive justices, is more inclined to the right than at any time since the 1930s.

However, it will expand the diversity of a court in which there are currently five white men, one black and three women, one of them Latina Sonia Sotomayor.

Jackson replaces one of those white men, Stephen Breyer, who is one of only three members of the court’s progressive caucus and who announced in January that he plans to retire at 83.


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