Biden announces plan to nominate Black woman for Supreme Court in coming weeks

The upcoming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer will give President Joe Biden his first opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court nominee.

Although he has not provided any names thus far, the president confirmed on Thursday that he intends to uphold a campaign promise to select a Black woman for the post.

“I will keep that commitment”

Breyer made his decision official this week during a press conference alongside the president.

“I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity,” Biden said at the time. “And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”

He said that the addition of a Black woman to the court is “long overdue,” noting that he vowed to advance such a nominee if given the chance.

“I made that commitment during the campaign for president and I will keep that commitment,” the president said. “It is my intention … to announce my decision by the end of February.”

For his part, Breyer laid out his timeline for stepping down from the high court, explaining in a letter to Biden: “I intend this decision to take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year (typically late June or early July) assuming that my successor has been nominated and confirmed.”

“It won’t have any effect on the midterms”

According to University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato, Senate Democrats appear poised to follow the example of Republicans who pushed to swiftly confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett shortly before the 2020 presidential election.

“If that happens it won’t have any effect on the midterms because people will have forgotten about it by November,” he argued.

While progressives generally applaud Biden’s plan to nominate a Black woman, his criteria have been criticized by many conservative pundits.

As Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson told his viewers on Thursday: “You almost got the impression that Joe Biden believes all Black women are the same. They’re identical. It was certainly the assumption in the Delaware of Joe Biden’s youth 60 years ago. Biden doesn’t seem to have changed much.”

Carlson is not the only critic who seems to believe America has marinated in the casual racism of affirmative action so long that it now seems normal to reduce people to their race and gender.

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