The Amazing Grace of The Most Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson

Two months ago I didn’t know who Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was.  Today, the whole world should know her.  The whole world should be in awe of her amazing grace in the face of an unprecedented attack on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, the first Black woman to receive this ”honor.”

Although the spotlight is on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, something else is being highlighted: the virulent racism in the Senate leadership of Republicans.  In this historic moment, any Black Republican should be ashamed to be a Republican, given the treatment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.  In fact, Black Republicans should defect from the Republican Party, become Independents, or revisit a period in American political history and become the new Know-Nothing party (1850-1860), and do nothing.

Those who know me know that I can’t stomach “slave movies,” including Gone With the Wind, Frankly, I don’t give a damn about that “genre” of film.  Add U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearings when Black people are nominees!

Years from now, whether or not Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, movies will be made about her.  I hope they accurately capture this moment, and portray Senators Cruz and Graham as the wretched wretches they are, without an iota of shame, grace, or honor.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, those who are most important honor you, today and tomorrow.  White America has never honored Black women and their contributions to making this nation great.

Lest we forget, white leaders of this nation suckled at the breasts of Black women, and continue to do so, although they are biting and drawing blood.

Blood is in the mouths of Senators Cruz and Graham.  You want some critical race theory?  When the historical record is written, Cruz and Graham will be a shameful footnote to the story of the Most Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson.


About William Eric Waters, aka Easy Waters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on
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