Sanford Heisler Sharp Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Statement on Black History Month
those provided below.At the end of this year’s Black History Month, we look ahead to the future with hope. As a committee, we are encouraged by the fact that Black leaders and their allies are pushing back against racism and its many manifestations on a daily basis and helping to shape our evolving understanding of what racism means. We celebrate the elevation of Black Americans to important roles in our government— most recently, with President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States. We encourage the United States Senate to swiftly confirm the president’s eminently qualified nominee.
“It makes me truly delighted think of Justice Brown Jackson: she is most qualified and would be the first Justice since Thurgood Marshall with experience as a criminal defense attorney. It also infuriates me, as we know that Judge Brown Jackson will be the first African American woman on the Court since the formation of the Court in 1790. 115 persons have served on the Supreme Court in our history; it is long overdue to have an African American woman serve in that role. My sincere hope is that President Biden nominates either Judge Childs or Judge Kruger should another vacancy occur fon the high court. Perhaps one day we will have a second African American woman as United States Supreme Court Justice. That would be a day of true celebration.”
In the meantime and until we are truly all free of the scourge of racism, we must all do our part to combat the barriers to racial justice both large and small. With that understanding, we sincerely wish everyone had
a very happy Black History Month and encourage everyone to maintain this focus on racial justice throughout the rest of the year.
Black Health and Wellness resources: https://www.canva.com/design/DAE0pIvaZ70/jxZoLxah7BMIksaeZpunQ/view?website#1
Racial Justice Organizations: