Canadians react to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation as the first Black woman to sit as a US Supreme Court Justice

The US Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as a Supreme Court justice on Thursday, making her the first Black woman to hold the position.

Jackson, who previously spent nine years as a federal appeals court judge, will replace Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires this summer. US President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to the Supreme Court in February. This week, Jackson was approved by the Senate in a 53-47 vote.

Jackson will join Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett, making it the first Supreme Court in history to have four female justices. The court will remain dominated by a 6-3 conservative majority.

Biden commemorated the historic moment with a selfie and posted on Twitter.

Canadians also took to social media to post about the moment in American history. Ann Lopez, a professor of education at the University of Toronto, said she was proud of Jackson.

Canadian film director Jennifer Holness tweeted Jackson’s confirmation made her feel love.

Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner congratulated Jackson.

Here’s what other Canadians had to say:


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