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Brooks and Capehart on Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine, Supreme Court hearings


Jonathan Caphart:

I know we don’t have — we don’t have a lot of time.

It was like we were watching, yes, the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, but also a rethinking of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh on one level.

The Democrats are doing their best to remind people how qualified Justice Jackson, Justice Brown Jackson, is, how qualified she is, beyond qualifications, to serve on the High Court. And the Republicans did everything to tear her down, downplay her experience, call her anything but a child of God.

To tell a mother that she’s not only soft on crime, but okay with people peddling child pornography, was just appalling.

And I think what Senator Booker, who is even more talkative than me, his speech that made him cry, I would have cried if my in-laws and my mother weren’t sitting in the living room as well while we were watching this. When I saw her wiping away her tears, I felt that in my bones, because I understood where that emotion was coming from.

In the black community, we call everyone brother and sister, that brother over there, that sister over there. And it wasn’t until I looked at that that I really understood what that meant. I’m about three years older than Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I am an only child. I do not know her. I never met her.

But looking at her sitting there – so, we’re looking at this photo right now – I felt like I was watching – I was watching a relative go through hell. And that Senator Booker reminds her, but reminds the country why she’s here, how hard she worked, how skilled she is, and not letting anyone steal her joy, how important that was.

She loves her country. She’s interviewing for a job she’s always wanted. And yet, we had people there trashing it in different ways. We work so hard, as African Americans, to get to these places and stay there. And having to jump through these hoops and be questioned by people who aren’t even on our level, but yet that’s what we have to do to get into the tent, get a seat at the table, and then keep that seat.


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