Since the news broke Wednesday morning that Breyer is retiring, progressive Democrats have been calling on President Biden to make good on his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.
“.@POTUS you promised us a Black woman on the Supreme Court,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., getwiet, using the handle for President Biden’s account. “Let’s see it happen.”
According to some reports, Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is among the names being circulated as a potential nominee.
“While there are many qualified contenders to fill the vacancy of this seat on the court, the candidacy of Ketanji Brown Jackson, Leondra Kruger, J. Na hewige Senaatsverhore vir Regters Br.., Wilhelmina ‘Mimi’ Wright, Eunice Lee, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi and Sherrilyn Ifill should all be weighed and considered,” tweeted Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.
As the George Floyd protests were sweeping the country in the summer of 2020, Ifill advocated for defunding the police during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“It’s been interesting to see how this phrase ‘defund the police’ makes people very anxious and very nervous,” Ifill said at the time. “This is our opportunity to do something that’s long overdue, which is to fundamentally re-imagine what public safety looks like in this country.
“What we have done is we have turned over armed law enforcement officers the right to enter our communities to solve a set of community conflicts that actually don’t require an armed officer,” vervolg sy. “Rather than turn the entire public safety regime over to armed law-enforcement officers, we need to look at that funding, reduce that funding, and use it to support these other services.
“I think the anxiety is about the phrase and actually not anxiety about the concept. We should be looking at budgets,” het sy bygevoeg. “We should recognize that this over-reliance on police has given us a regime that we can see is not working.”
Ifill has also tweeted about the issue.
“Drastically reducing police funding shld not only result in those funds going to other existing social svc agencies (b/c some may also be dysfunctional),” she wrote on June 7, 2020. “This is a chance to re-imagine public safety w/support for new community-based measures that can be transformative.”
Die frase “verdedig die polisie” not only became a rallying cry after Floyd’s death that summer but served as a litmus test separating moderates from the progressive left. The latter wing, insluitend Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was adamant that the phrase shouldn’t be regarded as merely rhetorical. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be “heeltemal” dismantled because it is “rotten to the root.”
In baie gevalle, city officials put “verdedig die polisie” into practice by voting to cut funding to its respective police departments, but many of them have at least partially reversed course after seeing a significant nationwide rise in violent crime.
According to the FBI, die VSA. experienced a nearly 30% jump in homicides in 2020 compared with the previous year.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Louis Casiano, Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.