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The Supreme Court is about to look 1/9th different. And everybody isn’t feeling it.
A new Yahoo News!/ YouGov poll of 1,628 U.S. adults discovered that a clear majority of those polled (55 percent) say nominating a Black woman is either “not very” (19 percent) or “not at all” (36 percent) important to them.
The hate is real. Just 23 percent say it is “very important.” These polled individuals indicate just how much identity politics matters when there is a Black nominee.
Supreme Court has been a “Good Ol’ Boys” Club
Within the Supreme Court and like most major corporations and industries, there have always been qualified Black candidates. Yet being selected for a job, even as high as the Supreme Court, is rarely based on mere qualifications.
Race matters in America. For better and oftentimes worse.
Yet, despite the polarized reactions between Republicans and Democrats, the poll actually found that Americans in general believe some of Biden’s potential Black women nominees for the Supreme Court are more qualified than Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump-appointee who replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
For instance, across all Americans polled, 67% said Amy Coney Barrett was “somewhat qualified” or “very qualified.” Meanwhile, J. Michelle Childs, a potential Black nominee, was found qualified by 70% of those polled. Next, 69% polled found Ketanji Brown-Jackson qualified, and 65% found Leondra Kruger qualified.
Still, there’s been pushback at the idea of intentionally narrowing the selection process to Black women.
After S.C. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in 2020, Pres. Trump said, “I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman.” Funny there wasn’t as much hoopla for Amy. She was hurriedly pushed through.
The vast majority of those same Americans polled — and a smaller but still significant majority of Republicans — agree that all three of the Black women reportedly at the top of Biden’s shortlist are indeed qualified.
Per NPR, Biden recently met with Republican Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, in the Oval Office. Biden and White House officials have continued to have conversations with lawmakers from both parties this week.
Just what Biden voters wanted, Republican opinions.