Affirmative Action in the Supreme Court

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021 Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States


Affirmative Action in the Supreme Court

When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) both Congress and the President begin an agenda of filling the vacancy. According to the Constitution, it is the President with both the authority and responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court justice and the Senate is to confirm the nomination while the Chief Justice administers the Oath of Office.

When Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett were nominated their confirmation hearings were broadcast publically so that everyone became politically divided. Instead of questioning each potential justice on where they stood constitutionally, they were caught up in tabloid-style allegations and treated unbecoming as one potentially becoming a Supreme Court justice.

The recent announced retirement of Justice Breyer has once again heated up the debate as President Biden is said to be considering a woman of color for the bench, which mocks the sanctity of the Court, is unlawful and entirely unbecoming to use gender, skin color or political affiliation for consideration rather than judicial experience, track record or standing on the constitutionality of cases to be brought before this esteemed body.

Do you remember hearing then Senator Kamala Harris calling Judge Amy Coney Barrett a liar during her confirmation hearing in 2020? That conduct from a member of Congress is totally unnecessary and absolutely uncalled for. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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