‘A form of reparations’: 4 reactions to Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation

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The Rev. Alvin Herring
The Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action, speaking on June 30, 2016. |

Leaders from the religious progressive advocacy group Faith in Action released a statement that included black clergy celebrating Jackson's confirmation.

“For as long as the United States has existed, our democracy has been imperfectly executed, excluding large portions of our population, especially black women,” said the Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director for Faith in Action, in the statement.

“The confirmation of Judge Jackson is a reaffirmation of the president’s commitment to change that creates a country in which every person belongs, can thrive, and has a say in the decisions that shape their lives.”

Faith in Action also quoted the Rev. Cassandra Gould, senior strategist with the group, who noted that as “a little black girl in the blackbelt of Alabama, I learned all too early about racial inequity.”

“As an adult living the fullness of what it means to be a credentialed black woman in corporate America, in ministry, and even in organizing I have experienced the disregard and humiliating interrogation of my intellect and humanity,” she added.

Gould described “today’s confirmation of soon to be Justice Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson” as “a form of reparations for the ancestors who endured even more and were barred from these opportunities, for black women living in this present moment of political and racialized ire and hope and opportunity for our progeny.”

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