Supreme Court, Bridget, Atari Harrison discussed on There Are No Girls on the Internet


Podcast awards. Well deserved. That's so awesome. Congratulations to you and your whole team. Oh my goodness, thank you so much. Yeah, and you know what? I'm gonna say it feels freaking good to win. I was kind of like, oh, you know, just being nominated is nice, but I deep down kind of, you ever have one of those times in your life where you just really need a win. Okay, that's where I was at. So I have to briefly shout out my team Atari Harrison is my producer and engineer. She's phenomenally talented. Jonathan Strickland is our EP phenomenally talented doctor Michael amato is our chief science officer and producer, so talented. I could not have one without them. They're so awesome. So thank you. Yes. We love a win, especially when it's our personal friends. Yeah, I said it. I'm claiming you as a personal, but I know Bridget, thank you very much. I feel the same way about you. I feel very honored to know you all in real life. Yes, yes. And in case you don't know listeners, which I'm assuming you do, this is for the podcast. There are no girls on the Internet, which is, you've got a new season coming, right? Yes. Yeah, I probably should have said the name of my own podcast. I'm trying to get better at self promotion. Yes, the podcast is called there are no girls on the Internet. We just want an I heart award and we're coming back for a brand new season on March 1st. So we've kind of been in the high on hiatus for a bit while we've been retooling and I'm so excited that we're finally launching. So it would mean a lot to me if y'all checked it out. Thank you for mentioning Annie. I obviously can not be trusted to remember to say the name of the thing I meant to be promoting, but yeah, please check it out. We have all kinds of interesting conversations about how women and queer folks and trans folks and black folks and other marginalized voices how we show up or donuts show up online and in technology. So yeah, please check it out if that sounds like something you're interested in. You absolutely should. I'm still waiting for the fan fiction episode I'm ready. Yes, TBT. Also, just a fun fact about Tara, who's also a good friend of ours. She always sings sitcom jingles at karaoke. The thing I adore about her. And she refuses to sing anything else. And when someone interrupts her, she gets very annoyed, rightly so because this is her thing and she wants it and has claimed it and has done well with it. How did I not? How have I worked with tare for two years and I guess COVID is how but I know this. I need to take her out for karaoke. To see this in action. Oh, you know what? What's a better Bridget? We need you to come to Atlanta and host a big karaoke night. If there are several great locations that we love, including my favorite spot towards before highway, ran by a Korean family who has a screen. And as you think, and we adore them, and they bring us fruit place. It's delightful while we sing karaoke to our hearts content. It's a please put that on the agenda. The last time I was in Atlanta, I went to, what is that spot called church of King Kong? Church. And there were some karaoke happening. It was pretty fun. So yeah. Atlanta karaoke date literally anytime I am in, I need to see producer tari in action singing these jingles. And she's like, we're singing cheers together. Okay. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. Okay, so this topic you're bringing to us today, Bridget, is extremely timely. We're very excited to talk about it. And we have a lot to get into. So let's get into it. What are we talking about today? So today is Friday, February 25th, 2022, and I want to talk about the just recently announced new nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge katangi Brown Jackson. So I have to admit, I was putting together all my notes for this episode last night. And so the notes were all like, oh, the potential nominee. When we have the nominee, it was all very hypothetical. And then this morning, the news just dropped that she is indeed The White House's pick to be the first ever black woman Supreme Court Justice on our Supreme Court. So very historic, very important, very exciting. But we know that it also comes along with racist attacks, sexist attacks, miss and disinformation that women of color who are in public office. Unfortunately, tend to face. And so today I really wanted to talk about how we got to this place of having this historic black woman being nominated for the Supreme Court and what kind of attack she's likely to be facing. What kind of attacks she's already been facing and how we can sort of all work together to create the conditions to have a better conversation about her nomination. Yes, and as you said, this is very ongoing. We're trying to get this episode out as quickly as possible because things are changing very quickly. But we've already seen some of these attacks. I know we're going to get into that in a minute, but before we do that, can you give us some history and background on what's going on here? Absolutely. So here's a little bit of background about the call to nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court. I have to shout out that she will rise campaign organized by a great organization called Cisco scotus. And their whole coalition is full of dynamic black women, women like April rain, who created the hashtag Oscars so white, 16, 19 project creator Nicole Hannah Jones, Lancia Johnson, who I love, I used to work with her at Planned Parenthood, Broadway, multi Tony Award winner, audra McDonald. So just a huge coalition of dynamic badass black women who have been advocating to put a black woman on the Supreme Court. And so in the over 200 year history of the Supreme Court, not one black woman has ever been confirmed or even nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. There have been a 115 men and women who have served on the Supreme Court and only three of them have been people of color. There have only been two black American members of the Supreme Court Justice thurgood Marshall and justice clarence Thomas. And so that's obviously not a very inclusive track record in terms of representation. And, you know, this idea of, I thought this was kind of a new precedent, you know, a presidential candidate saying like, oh, if I'm elected, I will put this kind of person on the Supreme Court. However, there is actually a long history and precedent for president's pledging to pick a scotus nominee who represents a certain demographic of our population. So this is from a really great New York Times op-ed by Walter dellinger, who was the acting solicitor general of the United States under Bill Clinton. He writes, there is a long and important tradition of presidents taking into consideration the demographic characteristics of prospective justices, including geographic background, religion, race, and sex. To ensure the Supreme Court is and remains a representative institution in touch with the varied facets of American life. More fundamentally, our history shows the process of reaching out to expand the personal backgrounds of the justices has often produced stellar jurists who make historic contributions to our court and judicial system. So he goes on to describe how president Reagan promised to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court and even though a bunch of his Republican colleagues were very vocally against it and kind of forced him to add some mandu is shortlist. President Reagan was really adamant about picking a woman and eventually nominated Sandra Day O'Connor, making her the first ever female associate Supreme Court Justice. And so that's some history that I didn't even know about how other presidents have set this precedent.

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