BREAKING: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed by Senate to Supreme Court Justice, making history

Producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reflects on the confirmation of Judge Brown Jackson who is making history as first Black woman to serve

By ONME Newswire

News Too Real April 7, 2022: In episode 8 of season 4, producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reflects on the breaking news of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed by the US Senate to become the Supreme Court Justice, replacing Justice Stephen Breyer upon his retirement. Judge Brown Jackson went through three days of testimony, answering questions from senators in late March. Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden in February to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Breyer.

Brown received Senate confirmation on April 7, 2022, with all 50 members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voting in favor of the nomination, and 47 Republicans voting against.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Miami, Florida, Jackson attended Harvard University for college and law school, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She began her legal career with three clerkships, including one with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Prior to her elevation to an appellate court, from 2013 to 2021, she served as a district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Jackson was also vice chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.


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The abuse of Child Q should make Britain rethink its drugs laws

The intersection of racist policing and harmful drug laws led to the shameful treatment of the 15-year-old schoolgirl.

In March 2022, the revelation that a 15-year-old Black pupil had been strip-searched by police in a London school after being wrongly accused of having drugs in her possession sent shockwaves across the United Kingdom – and for good reason.

Everything about the 2020 incident is absolutely harrowing. An independent child safeguarding report found that her own teachers called the police on the young girl after suspecting she may be carrying cannabis. Once they arrived at the school, Metropolitan police officers took the girl into a medical room and strip-searched her without appropriate supervision, despite being aware that she was menstruating. After the invasive and traumatizing search, she was asked to “go back into the exam” she had been sitting, with no teacher asking about her welfare.

The safeguarding report concluded that the treatment of the child was unjustified, and racism was “likely” a reason why she was strip-searched in the first place.

While the trauma inflicted on Child Q understandably shocked the nation, the actions of the police in this case can hardly be considered an anomaly. It is well known that communities of color are disproportionately policed in the UK, and British police commonly respond to alleged drug offenses – especially when the suspect is a person of color – with violence.