Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed first black woman to be US Supreme Court judge

The United States made history on Thursday as the Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court.

The 51-year-old’s appointment means white men will not be the majority on the nation’s high court for the first time in 233 years.

President Joe Biden called it a “historic moment for our nation.”

“This milestone should have happened generations ago… but we are always trotting on a path towards a more perfect union. Nevertheless, America today is taking a giant step towards making our union more perfect,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

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“People sometimes talk about standing on the shoulders of giants; well, Judge Jackson will go down in history as an American giant upon whose shoulders others will stand tall. And our democracy will be better off for it.”

Jackson, nominated by President Joe Biden, served as a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) circuit, and had earlier served as a district court judge in DC between 2013 and 2021.

After a confirmation process, which saw Democrats hail her qualifications and acknowledge the need to make the court more inclusive and Republicans interrogate her on her jurisprudence in a manner that many saw as carrying racial overtones, the Senate voted to confirm 53:47, with three Republicans backing Jackson’s nomination.

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