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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the 3rd day of her confirmation.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the 3rd day of her confirmation.
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SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett (who is likely to be confirmed very soon) is the adoptive mother of two Black children born in Haiti. In the early days of her confirmation hearings, Barrett spoke fondly of all seven of her children, but the words she used to describe her Black kids were eerily reminiscent of harmful stereotypes. She spoke mostly of her adoptive children’s physical attributes as opposed to the intellectual and emotional achievements she ascribed to her biological children.

“Amy’s words, while dressed in maternal affection, did not paint her Black children as whole humans,” writes Medium contributor Bonsu…

In her world, racism exists, but there’s nothing a lowly federal judge could — or should — do about it

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Amy Coney Barrett is likely going to be rammed through the Supreme Court approval process before the election, meaning in a few weeks, there will be another conservative justice on the court.

During the confirmation hearings, Barrett has been asked about systemic racism in the criminal justice system and the country at large.

“It would be hard to imagine a criminal justice system as big as ours without having an implicit bias in it,” Barrett said. “I think that in our large criminal justice system, it would be inconceivable that there wasn’t some implicit bias.”

But when it comes to…

It’s never going to happen

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In her final years, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg became virtually synonymous with “Notorious R.B.G.”

Borne of a Tumblr tribute in 2013, the nickname was both a nod to the late rapper (and fellow Brooklynite) Notorious B.I.G. and a commemoration of Ginsberg’s history-making, decadeslong judicial record as a champion of equal rights.

Now, for whatever reason, Amy Coney Barrett fans are trying to repurpose it.

The memes began flowing even before President Donald Trump formally nominated Barrett to take Ginsberg’s Supreme Court seat. Senate Republicans have since joined in, selling T-shirts emblazoned with the caption “Notorious…

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