NEWS BRIEF: Local judges react to Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation process

Balancing the scales of justice déjà vu

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in United States Supreme Court Hearing

Black female judges around Atlanta are reacting to Ketanji Brown Jackson joining the United States Supreme Court this week and say her confirmation process sounded eerily familiar.

Judge Kellie Hill, the first Black person to be sworn into the Cobb County Superior Court, said that Jackson’s qualifications should speak for themselves, though her treatment reminded Hill of her own ordeal. “I would hope that people would focus on my qualifications, but I know that there were those who could not see beyond my race and gender,” Hill said.

Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tadia Whitner recalls being subjected to comments such as “You only got it because you are Black” after being appointed to the bench. “I feel like I did everything white America said I had to do, and I still heard that,” Whitner said.