Why are Whites Afraid of a Black Woman on the Supreme Court?

H. Michael Harvey, JD
4 min readJan 31, 2022

Attacks Mounting Against Biden’s Intent to Nominate a Black Woman

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It came as quite a surprise when critics of a piece I wrote on President Biden’s intent to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court began to infer that to write about this topic somehow was a racist act towards White people and anyone not a Black American.

Suddenly, the backlash to the notion of a Black woman on the high court has caused a plethora of Whites to suggest that Biden should not focus on putting a Black woman on the Supreme Court, and that he should be more diverse in his selection.

Where has that argument for diversity, inclusion, and equity been as long as the court was the providence of White male rule?

Here is my response to one of those critics who threw a couple of stones my way and then abruptly left the conversation:

Thank you, Oran Jackson for a brief conversation. It is sad that you are ducking out so quickly after throwing your diatribe towards a piece this writer wrote on President Biden’s intent to nominee a Black woman to the Supreme Court.

Talking about sad. Why do you refuse to answer the question about your race?

Are you suffering from an inferiority complex because of your race or social standing in life?

“You should be more inclusive,” you wrote:

Do you understand that journalist write about things in the news? Do you understand that this writer did not pick the topic, the President of the United States of America did?

President Biden made a campaign pledge in 2019 to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. It is sad, that you blame the journalist for writing about a pronouncement of the President of all of the people of the USA. That’s what we do. We don’t make the news, we report it. The President limited this discussion to a Black woman.

Did you protest in 2019 when Biden made this campaign pledge?

When Biden made this pledge, this journalist wrote about it, even suggested some names for him.

Where were you then, hoping that Biden would not win, and his pledge would not come true?

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H. Michael Harvey, JD

Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com