Updated: May 8, 2022
Given that the first day of hearings took place on Monday March 21st. I figured that I would dive into and get to know Judge Ketanji Jackson. As with everything, I look at it objectively and really want to know who it is we are trying to put on this nation's highest court. During my little dive into her history and views. I find a few things that are quite alarming. Other things not so much. Ketanji Brown Jackson was born Ketanji Onyika Brown on September 14th, 1970, in Washington D.C. She grew up in Miami, Florida. And graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1988. A few career highlights that should be worth noting.
She attended Harvard University
Served as editor to the Harvard Law Review
3 career clerkships. One with Justice Stephen Breyer who was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994.
Serves as a District Judge for the United States District Court of Washington D.C
Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010-2014.
Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers since 2016
Nominated on February 25th, 2022, by President Joe Biden to replace a retired Stephen Breyers.
Her parents seem to have been very noteworthy individuals. And very successful. Which you love to see. Successful families. Which she very much comes from a very successful family. And what seems like a very good upbringing. The kind of thing that we are told doesn’t happen in the United States for certain families. Which could not be any further from the truth. Her father, Johhny Brown. Was a lawyer himself. Who later went on to become the Chief Attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board.
Her mother, Ellery Brown. Was the Principal at New World School of Arts.
Her husband, Dr. Patrick Graves Jackson. A gastrointestinal surgeon.
Her uncle, Calvin Ross. Served as Miami Police Chief.
So, it would seem that she is very well connected and surrounded by what the system would define as educated and successful individuals. But I almost immediately found something that troubled me. Her uncle, Thomas Brown Jr.
Which is red flag number 1 for me
“You may have read that I have one uncle who got caught up in the drug trade and received a life sentence. That is true,” Ketanji Jackson said at the White House.
You know, just from face value, no one should have to pay for the transgressions of others. And I firmly believe that she should not be judged by the actions of her uncle. But what I have an issue with is the way that it was handled by her, and President Obama.
Her uncle was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for possessing a large amount of cocaine with intent to distribute. His sentence was part of the three strikes rule we all know about. A rule set aside for repeat offenders. I know that a lot of people have this misconceived notion that the drug war in the United States is a Constitutional issue. It however, is not. We can save that discussion for a later date. I will however refer you to Article 1 Section 8 Claus three as a prelude to what roles the Federal Government and does have. Illicit drug trafficking starts with the Commerce Claus of the U.S Constitution.
Many articles cite that this is the start of her interest in law. Including CNN and The New York Times.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
I don’t have an issue with the fact that she is related to someone who broke the law and went to federal prison as a result. What I have an issue with. Is the fact that in 2008 she was practicing private law before she became a judge. It was during that time that she referred her case files and the case to Wilmer Hale law firm. Which is an activist law firm that handles clemency petitions. It does in fact have an office in Washington D.C.
The firm submitted the petition on her behalf October 7th 2014. It was on November 22nd 2016 that Barack Obama commuted his sentence. I will leave that open to speculation. But she was directly involved with the case although CNN and most mainstream liberal outlets do not want you to believe that she was. Never mind the fact that they took the case pro bono.
I don’t care what the media tries to tell me. You cannot overlook the fact that she was directly involved in a case that President Barack Obama was involved with when he commuted over 300 sentences back int 2014. And the Vice President at the time is the President that nominates her to the Supreme Court. We already know that both Republicans and Democrats look after their own.
That is red flag number 2 for me.
But let's talk about some of her time at college. Because 1 incident really sheds some light on her train of thought over the years.
She studied “government” at Harvard University where she got a bachelor's degree in 1992.
She also studied Harvard Law school where she got a law degree in 1992 as well.
I want to discuss an incident that took place while she was attending college. I have yet to locate and exact date of the incident. But obviously it took place while she was attending college. More than likely early 90’s.
It was during this time that she led a protest against a fellow student who displayed a confederate flag from their dorm window.
Whether you agree with what the Confederate Flag stands for or not. Does not and will not ever matter. The First Amendment is the First Amendment. If you don’t like that. Feel free to encourage Congress to change it through the Amendment process outlined in Article 5 of the United States Constitution.