NEWARK, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / May 24, 2022 / Desiree Peterkin Bell is well known for being a successful brand ambassador and public relations professional. Along with her strong and influential career, Desiree Bell is also known for being knowledgeable and vocal about various political and social issues affecting the United States and the rest of the world. One significant recent event that she has given insights into is the Supreme Court confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Desiree Peterkin Bell asserts that, lately, we have seen that Black women are often tested in ways that seek to devalue their roles, their existence, and in some cases even try to silence their voice and experience. Desiree Peterkin Bell states that often Black Women are having to "Reclaim Our Time" just as Congresswoman (Auntie) Maxine Waters has stated so eloquently when her male counterparts try to silence or speak over her in Congress. Desiree Peterkin Bell says Black Women are reclaiming their voices, dignity, and purpose. The confirmation process of the nation's first Black female Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson illuminated this sentiment perfectly.
Maya Angelou once said this about black women "There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet". But still for many the experiences of being in politics and being a Black female can cut like a thousand paper cuts.
Desiree Peterkin Bell believes that Ketanji Brown Jackson faced unnecessary racism during her nomination process.
With any Supreme Court nomination, there is always discussion around the overall qualifications of the nominee. Similar to prior nominations, there were plenty of people trying to discredit Ms. Jackson's qualifications. Then Judge Jackson, now Associate Justice Jackson, demonstrated the depth and breadth of her qualifications, answering more than 20 hours of questions during the hearing, submitting more than 1500 additional written responses to the committee, and having offered every Senator the opportunity to meet in person. Not only did Judge Jackson earn strong support in the Senate, but she gained strong support from the public as well, with multiple surveys showing support for confirmation around 60% -- the highest since the nomination of Justice John Roberts.
Associate Justice Ketanjo Brown Jackson's nomination was supported by a wide range of individuals and groups - from the law enforcement community including the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police; to conservative and Republican legal and judicial voices, including retired Judges Thomas Griffith, Michael Luttig, David Levi (who endorsed Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh); to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. And her presentation in the hearing was praised by the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
She was more than qualified. Her judicial track record exhibited excellence.
Moreover, Judge Jackson showed impressive poise, the kind of poise Black women often have to show when they are being questioned by those with fewer credentials and experience. As Peniel Joseph wrote in his CNN opinion piece, "The juxtaposition between Democratic and Republican senators' questions for Jackson Tuesday, the second day of the proceedings, illustrated the toxic and growing partisan gulf that has transformed American politics from a noble calling to public service into a blood sport."
She ended up answering questions for more than 12 hours and continued to show that she will be a successful addition to the court.
The recent Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Jackson has continued to lead to a lot of discussions across the political aisle. One continued supporter of Judge Jackson is PR and political professional Desiree Peterkin Bell, who was proud to support the nation's first Black female Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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