Ketanji Brown Jackson and Celebrating Change

Today, Judge Katenji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the Supreme Court. I celebrated, but some others are not celebrating.

I am almost done reading the book See No Stranger by Valerie Kaur. I have already committed myself to Revolutionary Love. Part of this means I am trying to understand others and opponents.

Some people, no doubt, are angry about the vote to confirm Katenji Brown Jackson. I spoke with people today, asking why these people may be angry. We came to no good conclusion.

I was still thinking about it when I went out today. While out, I saw a white man who could possibly be one of those angry people.

In her book, Valerie Kaur says that anger protects what we love. It could be ourselves. It could be our kids. As I stood looking eye to eye with an angry white man, I realized what he loves: He loves tradition, comfort and power.

Ketanji Brown Jackson may seem to threaten these things to the people who love them. If we understand this, we understand our opponents.

However, Brown and Black people are Americans, too. And their numbers are increasing. It only makes sense to have people of color in political positions for, at the very least, the sake of representation. To add, Ketanji Brown Jackson is, shall we say, supremely qualified.

For people who are angry today, it’s important to have some self-reflection and ask yourself: Why? Why am I angry? What do I love that is being threatened? Are those things worth loving?

Today, I personally celebrate along with millions of others. As we move forward, America will look different. That’s a good thing. We need to embrace these changes and celebrate our differences. I believe the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson is a long time coming. It’s about time.

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