A Step That is Long Overdue



Here are pictures of the top two nominees for the Supreme Court election.

Arya Banerjee, Photojournalist

With the recent retirement of Stephen Breyer from the Supreme Court, President Biden not only has a chance to restore the democratic base, but also to score a much needed victory for his campaign, which hasn’t gone as smoothly as the Democratic Party might have wanted it to. With the congressional failure of his Build Back Better Proposal along with his not-so-productive ability to move the voting rights legislation, Biden’s administration desperately needs a win. Recently, he has confirmed that the officials he’s nominated to replace Breyer are all Black women, and the nominee that’s elected will go down in history as the first Black Woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. “It’s long overdue, in my opinion,” (CNN)  the President said, and I completely agree. 

So does a friend of mine, who feels just as passionate about this topic as I do, “It’s something that needed to happen a long time ago, but I’m glad Biden is taking the step to finally action it” (Stephanie Bates 10). For centuries, Black people have been oppressed and targeted by the systems that are built into this country. And so by having representation in this field that is so crucial to how our country runs, it will finally give Black people the voice they’ve yet to have. Although it’s a relatively small step in the grand scheme of our government, and how this prejudice against Black people is so ingrained into our country’s system, it’s still a large and fairly significant step that needed to be taken. 

The two nominees that are in the lead for this election are Kentanji Brown Jackson and Leondra Kruger. To give an overview, Kentanji Jackson is a 51-year-old Harvard-Law graduate. She served on the federal district court in D.C and has been previously appointed by Biden to the second-most powerful federal court in the country, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Suitably,  Jackson has already clerked for Breyer and has already been through a vetting process, where she was interviewed by the President himself. Leondra Kruger, who is also one of the most notable nominees, was the youngest person to be appointed to the California Supreme court. Kruger has served in the Obama administration as a deputy solicitor and worked as a clerk for Late Justice John Paul Stevens. During her time serving the Supreme Court, she argued twelve cases and won the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, which is the highest award the department offers for employees (CNN).  Overall, both these women and the rest of the nominees are more than qualified for this position, and this step that Biden is taking for our country’s system is a prominent one that deserves to be appreciated.