I am eager for President Biden’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination. The issues that go before the U.S. Supreme Court affect all of us. A glance at recent rulings underscores this, from the Court’s recent decision to eliminate federal vaccine or test mandates, to the Court’s tolerance of Alabama’s racial gerrymandering, which could have national repercussions.
I disagree with these decisions, and my frustration with the Court is compounded by its continued failure to reflect this country. For most of our history, the Supreme Court has been uniformly white and male. President Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman is a pledge to broaden the perspectives on the Court. Justices bring their lived experience to the bench, and it has been to our collective detriment that there has never been a Black woman justice.