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What It Means For Gen Z To Witness The Nomination Of Ketanji Brown Jackson

February 25, 2022


It’s not often that we get these global historic moments. You know those moments where every Black girl in our nation will take a second to stop and look at an image on a screen. We will stop because it will a Black woman we see. The headlines and social media posts with those images will share with the world the HERstoric decision by President Biden to nominate US Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

For Gen Z Black women and girls, we will be very aware that for the first time in the history of our nation we will see an image before us that is us. We will stare at her image and see in the face of Judge Ketani Brown Jackson our hopes, goals, ambition, desires, and wildest dreams. We will see a Black woman who has once again broken a long historic barrier of discrimination and as she moves forward in her confirmation process will carry us along with her.


We also will be aware that with Judge Brown Jackson as President Biden’s nominee, that America will also show us another side of our nation’s history. We know that we are moments away from an orchestrated attack by those on the political right to attempt to destroy Judge Brown. We know we will see memes and news stories that will attempt to dehumanize her across Instagram and TikTok. We understand that as much as our nation wants to hide its historic pattern of racism that when events such as this take place America will be America.

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