Local leaders of color react to confirmation of Justice Jackson
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — While history was made in Washington D.C. with the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black female Supreme Court Justice, Rhode Island leaders said this was a monumental day.
“America won today,” said Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP Providence. “After 200 years, we finally have a deserving black woman on the supreme court.”
Vincent told ABC 6 News that the greatest impact of this decision will be seen years from now, by the next generation.
“There are thousands of little black girls that now know they someday have a chance to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Before today, there was no reason to believe that because there had never been one! You are what you can see,” Vincent explained.
Harrison Tuttle, executive director of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island PAC, explained Thursday, “We’re seeing symbolic victories that ultimately lead to change in a government and union that works for everyone.”
While the two explained this is a major step in the right direction, there is still much more to be done in the fight for greater representation.
“You have to keep protesting and working behind closed doors,” said Vincent. He concluded, “It’s hard but we have to continue.”