… to send the very best to the Supreme Court
you don’t promise in advance to appoint a Black woman to the exclusion of all others. Not unless you already know without question that the most experienced, best-qualified jurist in the nation is a Black woman.
Pres. Joe Biden’s campaign promise to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court probably garnered him some support among Black women voters, just as his promise to choose a female vice president probably garnered some support among women (and we know how that turned out).
Worried that I was being racist, I was relieved to learn yesterday that I’m among 76% of Americans who want Biden to consider “all possible nominees,” not just Black women. It’s great if the very best candidate is a Black woman but wrong to eliminate in advance any consideration of other candidates. Race alone does not determine your fitness for a position, nor does gender. (Are you listening colleges, employers, etc?) What if the best, most qualified, most experienced jurist in the land is Asian or Indian or Hispanic or, God forbid, white and male? Just ignore them?
Joe, I think you really put your foot in it this time. And there’s probably no way to extricate yourself now. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
And the country will be worse off because of it.