By: Ophelia Garrett
Good Morning America tweeted "Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in as the first Black Supreme Court justice in U.S. history," at 1:46 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th. They also shared the information on their YouTube account.
However that is far from true. Justice Jackson is the third black Supreme Court Justice and the second sitting currently. And it only took over 5 hours for them to delete and hide their mistake.
America’s first black Supreme Court Justice served from 1967 until 1991. He was a gentleman by the name of Thurgood (Thoroughgood) Marshall. Justice Marshall (D-MD) was born in 1908, during the height of the consequences of Plessy v. Ferguson, more commonly known as “Equal but Different,” ie, legalized segregation and discrimination. This case would stand until Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, when it was overturned as unconstitutional (much in the same way Roe v. Wade was recently overturned).
Justice Marshall upon retirement was replaced by our current Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas, also a black gentleman, has held his current position since 1991. However, as a conservative, Justice Thomas has been met with a very different reception than that of Justice Brown Jackson. He has been labeled “the wrong black guy,” as well as allegedly being referred to as “rape ape” by then Senator Joe Biden, although all evidence of this comment has been scrubbed from searchable history since Biden was elected President.
In a recent interview, Justice Thomas had this to say when referencing his confirmation hearings and the expectations: “I felt as though in my life I had been looking at the wrong people as the people who would be problematic toward me,” Thomas said. “We were told that, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be the bigot in the pickup truck; it’s gonna be the Klansmen; it’s gonna be the rural sheriff…But it turned out that through all of that, ultimately the biggest impediment was the modern day liberal,” he added. “They were the ones who would discount all those things because they have one issue or because they have the power to caricature you.“
Back in March, it was revealed during the confirmation hearings that Justice Brown Jackson has a track record of lenient sentencing of child porn possession; as well as stating she could not define what a woman is due to the fact she’s “not a biologist.”
Citing documents from Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) office, Breitbart News reported:
“Brown Jackson sentenced those in possession of child pornography to nearly 60 percent less time than the national average,” adding: “Furthermore, cases of child porn distribution in which Jackson was the presiding judge were sentenced 47 percent less than the national average. Jackson also sentenced the production of child porn 35 percent less than the national average.In fact, in every single child pornography case she heard, Jackson sentenced the defendant below the sentencing guidelines, according to documents reviewed by Breitbart News. Similarly, in every single child pornography case, Jackson sentenced the defendant at or below the recommendation from the prosecutor. In all but one child pornography case, Jackson sentenced the defendant below or at the probation office’s recommendation.”
“There’s different sets of rules for different people. If you criticize a black person who’s more liberal, you’re a racist. Whereas you can do whatever to me, or to now Ben Carson, and that’s fine because you’re not really black — because you’re not doing what we expect black people to do.”- Justice Clarence Thomas