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Politico Claims Ketanji Brown Jackson Would Be ‘First Black Supreme Court Justice,’ Issues Correction
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021.
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In an article discussing the pending likely confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, Politico falsely claimed that Jackson would have been the first black justice — then issued a correction.

“Let’s walk you through how the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black Supreme Court justice is likely to unfold this week,” the outlet originally said. Now, the word “female” has been added after the word “Black.”


“Correction: This minute has been corrected to reflect that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first Black female Supreme Court justice,” admitted a correction at the bottom of the article.

Thurgood Marshall — who served on the nation’s highest court from October 1967 to October 1991 — was the first black Supreme Court justice in American history. Marshall was succeeded by Clarence Thomas, another African-American, in 1991. Thomas — a constitutional originalist who typically votes with the court’s conservative bloc — still serves today as an associate justice.

Despite Politico’s correction, Jackson went viral last month for failing to provide a definition for the word “woman” when pressed by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) during a confirmation hearing.

“Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” Blackburn asked.

“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson repeated.

“Mmhmm, yeah,” Blackburn confirmed.

“I can’t,” Jackson replied.

“You can’t?” Blackburn asked.

“Not — in this context, I’m not a biologist,” Jackson laughed.

“So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn continued to press.

“Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes,” Jackson pushed back, suggesting that she could only provide a decision based on arguments and the law. “If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments and I look at the law and I decide, so — I’m not —”

“The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,” Blackburn continued.

Progressive erasure of Clarence Thomas is a frequent occurrence. After the Supreme Court notified the public that Thomas had been admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, many leftists on social media hinted that they wanted the 73-year-old to pass away.

Last year, State Rep. Donna McLeod (D-GA) said that she would rather “keep a Confederate monument than a statue of Clarence Thomas.” The remarks were made in reaction to Georgia Republicans pushing for a statue of Thomas, who originally hails from the state.

During his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court in 1991, Thomas was infamously targeted during his Supreme Court confirmation process led by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) over accusations of sexual impropriety against a colleague, Anita Hill.

“This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace,” Thomas fired back. “And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”

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