ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – President Biden’s pick for the US Supreme Court is federal appellate judge, Ketanji Brown-Jackson. The decision making history as the first black woman to be nominated to the country’s highest court.
“It’s about time. I’m really excited and proud,” said host of Chatting with Sonya & Friends host, Sonya Byes.
Growing up, Byes says she didn’t see many people who looked like her in government. Friday’s nomination, she says, is a game-changer, not only for her but for women of color everywhere.
“For so long, we’ve felt unseen, unheard, ignored, looked over, so today hopefully some of that will change because she is deserving,” said Byes.
“She is, by all accounts, a stellar candidate for the job. She has checked all of the boxes throughout her career and seems to have an impeccable record,” Dr. Joe Morris, senior political analyst at Mercyhurst University.
Morris says Jackson is likely to be confirmed to SCOTUS. Not only because of her record, but because of the democratic majority in the US Senate. However, the nomination process is often unpredictable.
“You can never be 100% sure what is going to happen when we begin these nomination processes. There’s no doubt there’s going to be a challenge that’s mounted. People are going to oppose her nomination, and we’re going to have to see how that plays out,” said Morris.
Regardless, Byes says this is a huge step forward for black women in America. She hopes Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson is just the first of many black women to sit on the country’s highest bench.
“Things are moving, I think, in the right direction. It’s been a slow go, but it’s starting to happen,” said Byes.