“It’s More Than History; It’s Hope”: Social Media Reacts as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Sworn In
Today, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became Justice Jackson when she was sworn in as the next justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Justice Jackson is the 116th person to sit on the court—and while she's the first Black woman, she will not be the last.
This is a historic moment for America. Even in the midst of protests over the Supreme Court voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, the importance of Justice Jackson's position cannot be undermined. Many Americans feel elated that there is finally a Black woman on the highest court. People took to social media to share their happiness; below, find some of the best reactions to our new SCOTUS justice.
Van Jones notes the importance of this moment for Black women.
A woman who looks like my mother, sister & daughters just took her seat on the highest court. That’s more than history; it’s HOPE. The degree of decency, order & good sense in that building is about to take a quantum leap. #KetanjiBrownJackson #SCOTUS https://t.co/Q0Ml4qZTbe
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) June 30, 2022
Senator Cory Booker knows the country will be better because of Justice Jackson.
The United States of America is better today because of you: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. pic.twitter.com/IdXXK1eSbo
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) June 30, 2022
New York Governor Kathy Hochul says this is a "step toward progress."
Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!
I know you will serve with an unshakeable commitment to equal justice and the rights of all Americans.
At challenging time in our country’s history, today, we’ve made a step towards progress.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) June 30, 2022
Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock celebrates this history-making moment.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history today when she took the judicial oath and assumed her place on the Supreme Court.
Congratulations, *Justice* Brown Jackson. pic.twitter.com/B9iYEhwwgs
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) June 30, 2022
Representative Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands notes how Justice Jackson will inspire young girls.
Today we celebrate a monumental moment in history. Ketanji Brown Jackson, we congratulate and thank you for your dedication to this country. You are an inspiration to all girls to persevere. #ketanjibrownjackson #scotus #supremecourt #blackgirlmagic pic.twitter.com/2rFNN6arYT
— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) June 30, 2022
Senator Elizabeth Warren is "thrilled" that Justice Jackson will bring "invaluable perspective" to the court.
I’m thrilled to see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in today as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court! As a former public defender, she’ll bring an invaluable perspective to the bench. I also want to thank Justice Breyer for his extraordinary public service. pic.twitter.com/m9EgTPlhRq
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 30, 2022
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison says his "heart is full."
My heart is full.
They called her everything but a child of God in those hearings and now they must call her Madam Justice!
Congratulations Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson! #KetanjiBrownJackson
— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@harrisonjaime) June 30, 2022
Former NPR host Michele Norris shares how this news is exactly what America needs right now.
This swearing in ceremony for Ketanji Brown Jackson is the punctuation that we needed after this week and this term.
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) June 30, 2022
Renée Graham, a Boston Globe columnist, is "thrilled," even if it feels like whiplash.
American whiplash: I’m thrilled that Ketanji Brown Jackson will soon become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. I’m horrified that this brilliant woman has to serve alongside rightwing jurists with no regard for human or civil rights.
— Renée Graham 🏳️🌈 (@reneeygraham) June 30, 2022
New York Congressman Mondaire Jones is calling out Jackson's title change.
It's now Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to you. 👏🏿 pic.twitter.com/0WcnA0oxyq
— Rep. Mondaire Jones (@RepMondaire) June 30, 2022
And many others, from Padma Lakshmi to LeVar Burton, are putting it simply: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
✨Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson✨ pic.twitter.com/Z4frBEjsSu
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 30, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 30, 2022
It’s official! JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 30, 2022
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 30, 2022
Say it with me....Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson! pic.twitter.com/LyLw58dtHY
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) June 30, 2022
JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/Mi9O8gXvKC
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 30, 2022
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