‘White men will be in the minority’: Networks and Dems fawn over confirmation of KBJ, but for the right reasons?

Following the confirmation Thursday of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats and their media allies rushed to gush over the “historic” moment — not over the exemplary record of President Biden’s nominee or over the future wrongs she will strive to right, but, once again, over the shade of Judge Jackson’s skin and the gender to which she has apparently assigned herself without the benefit of a biologist.

Time and time again, like a record stuck in a groove, the phrase “first black woman” has been repeated over the airwaves and on social media, to the point that the actual person who was confirmed seems to be an afterthought.

“Black” and “woman” are, after all, the factors that make the moment one for the history books. For the first time, a President made a specific gender and race foundational to his SCOTUS search, having famously promised on the campaign trail that he would do exactly that.

Discussions about her actual, highly-questionable sentencing record as a judge presiding over child pornography cases were slammed as yet another Republican conspiracy — so, to be fair, skin color and gender are about all Jackson supporters can cheer about — but as MRC Newsbusters pointed out, the networks didn’t let that phase them.

On ABC’s “World News Tonight,” reporter Rachel Scott stated that Jackson was “cementing her place in history,” before noting that “for the first time in history, four of the nine justices will be women. And white men will be in the minority.”

On NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed, “The lines of history and the course of this nation’s racial legacy intersected at the United States Capitol today.” He noted that “the first black woman Vice President Kamala Harris [is] presiding over the official Senate confirmation vote of Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the country’s first black woman Supreme Court Justice.”

Over on Twitter, Harris called it “a historic day for America,” while CNN White House correspondent John Harwood implied that those who voted no were essentially a bunch of Confederate racists.


Skin color is so integral to Jackson’s confirmation that liberal black people slammed black lawmakers who declined to give Jackson a thumbs up.

“Imagine being Black Republican Senator Tim Scott voting against the historic nomination of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court while three of your white Republican colleagues vote for her,” tweeted author Keith Boykin.

Senatorial candidate Gary Chambers stated, “There are 3 Black men in the U.S. Senate, 1 of them, Tim Scott voted no on confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. There is always one of us, who thinks they know better than the rest of us Black folks. His no vote is a disgrace.”

“Yea I said it,” Chambers added.

Tweets about Jackson’s stellar commitment to the Constitution and rule of law are so scarce as to not be readily found.

But that’s okay.

She’s black. And she’s a woman. And now she’s a judge for life.

And that is, for better or worse, historic.



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