Obama's next Supreme Court pick has to be an African-American Woman

Could Obama's nomination of an African-American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court have any effect on the 2016 Presidential election? Photo: Supreme Court/ AP

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2013 — The big question in Washington after the government shutdown fiasco is who will be the next nominee tapped for United States Supreme Court Justice, replacing a fragile and aging Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The President’s next selection almost certainly will be a liberal, and most likely will be a female. The President’s last selection was a minority, Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor, who made history as the nation’s first Latina female appointed to serve in the Supreme Court.

However, the million dollar question is whether the President will select an African-American female to replace Bader Ginsburg. If so, it would be the first black woman to be nominated to the Court.

Here is the criterion which may make or break the next candidate for Supreme Court Justice.  

The candidate most likely will be between the age of 45 and 65 at the time of their nomination. For political reasons, it is likely the nominee will come from an important region or State. This particular choice will have to be someone already in the legal system and free of controversy.

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A few names have been thrown out as prospects to sit on the bench. Some of those high qualified African-American female prospective are: current California State Attorney General Hon. Kamala Harris, who was once considered as a possible replacement for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; the current Dean of Temple Law School, the Hon. Jo Ann Epps who is a rising star in Philadelphia legal politics; Former Chief Justice of the State of Georgia, the Hon. Leah Ward Sears and U.S. Federal Judge on the Court of Appeals, the Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, who is a conservative and once considered as a prospect under President  George W. Bush.

Naming a black woman to the Court makes sense. It provides diversity and a new perspective not currently available from the Justices. It also reflects the large female African American population in the United States. Additionally, according to higher education statistics, black women greatly outnumber black male counterparts 3-to-1 in law school attendance.

Out-going President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ben Jealous stated that he would like to see President Obama finally nominate a black woman’ to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, members of the Congressional Black Caucus have also critiqued and criticized the President’s long awaited diversity of appointments, which some suggest has not been a priority in Obama’s cabinet, especially towards Black woman.  

In the midst of Justice Ginsberg’s soon expected departure from the Judicial Branch, President Obama now has the full task to finally make history, stop playing politics  and nominate an African-American women to the ‘highest court in the land’.


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