Ketanji Brown Jackson and the Belated Outrage of White Liberals

Where were they when our other Black sisters were suffering in plain sight?

Jeremy Helligar
Momentum
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4 min readMar 26, 2022

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Ketanji Brown Jackson vs. Ted Cruz (Photo: YouTube)

I think I finally know what it must be like to watch a convict jump through hoops to convince a parole board they’re worthy of freedom. Or what it must be like to watch an overqualified Black female job candidate try to prove herself as employable as any White man — or White woman.

Those proceedings must unfold a lot like the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Kentanji Brown Jackson. Like many people I know, I spent part of the last week watching in horror as one Republican senator after another grilled the first Black female nominee to the United States’ highest court in a racially charged job interview that probably would be considered illegal in any corporate office.

Unlike many of my White liberal friends, though, I’m not going to use this moment to promote my racial enlightenment on social media. I recognize the hearings for what they really are: politics as usual in 2022. Horrified as I am by the tone of certain White senators and the complete lack of respect they’ve extended to Jackson (would a White or even a conservative Black nominee be asked where they stand on Critical Race Theory, The 1619 Project, and Ibram X. Kendi?), in a political climate where certain Republicans think it’s perfectly fine to cheer on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I have no doubt that any nominee President Joe Biden had chosen would have faced a firing squad, regardless of color.

I’m no more outraged by the bluster last week of Republican senators like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley than I am any other week. They’ve set their bar so low, there’s no getting under it at this point. The modern GOP is like a sideshow of slick, phony televangelists. They specialize in hypocrisy and irrelevance. Of course, they’re going to ask dumb, offensive questions.

Frankly, I am more enraged by the deafening Republican silence over the right-wing

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Jeremy Helligar
Momentum

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj