But did Biden really mean it? Definitely yes. His shortlist is already in the works to be ready by inauguration day on January 20, 2021. There are two candidates whose names are the most circulating among the legal insiders Carmon spoke to: "Leondra Kruger, California Supreme Court Justice and District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former employee of the Senior Current Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. "They are both in their 40s and have exemplary experience and credentials.
"When you think of the African American community and the communities of color, we are fighting for our lives," says Kim Tignor, who advises Demand Justice. She is also a co-founder of the She Will Rise initiative for the group. "Part of it is about capacity. There's an obstacle to understanding how close the Supreme Court is to our lives," she says of the group's work and the criticality of a black woman at the country's highest court. "It's understandable that the Supreme Court feels like a long game," says Tignor. "One of the things I wanted to do with She Will Rise is to make those connections with black communities. You want to have a conversation about police reform? Let's talk about the qualified immunity doctrine."
This means taking the discussion of Senate control over the Georgia runoff election beyond the Democratic versus Republican political framework to what it means for black lives. Cliff Albright, co-founder of Atlanta Black Voters Matter, told The Guardian that the court stood out in this race. "It can't just be about wanting to control the Senate. Someone who isn't engaged will ask why they should care. We have to say we have to control the Senate because health care is at stake. Because the suffrage law is at stake, because racial justice and whether police officers and prosecutors can continue to receive qualified immunity if they kill black people, that's at stake, "he said.
The first justice of the Black Woman's Supreme Court is at stake, and with that Black lives. Literally. That, of course, brings us back to control of the Senate and the races of Ossoff and Warnock. Whoever controls the Senate means everything to the country.