Biden Commits to Appointing First Black Woman to Supreme Court

"I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the Court. It’s required that they have representation now, it’s long overdue.”
Biden and Sanders practicing a small cheeky display of social distancing amid the current coronavirus pandemic (Photo by: Evan Vucci/AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden committed to choosing a woman as his vice president Sunday night. He vowed that he would make history by appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

What We Know:

  • Biden made several bold campaign pledges during his CNN primary debate against opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, after a voter asked both candidates how their respective cabinets would address women’s “physical and financial health”.
  • He stated, “Number one I committed that if I’m elected as president and have the opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the Court. It’s required that they have representation now, it’s long overdue.”

  • CNN’s Dana Bash then turned to Sanders and asked if he too would commit to picking a woman as his VP. He also assured he would. Sanders made it clear that it wasn’t nominating a woman but making sure we have progressive women and “there are progressive women out there, so my very strong tendency is to move in that direction.”
  • This isn’t the first time Biden has mentioned wanting to choose a woman to join his presidential ticket if he were to succeed with the Democratic Party’s nomination. It does, however, appear to be the first time he’s committed to selecting a Black woman judge to the highest court in the land.
  • Potential names for vice president have been floating around which include former presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) and former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams.

To date, a woman has never served as vice president of the United States. Additionally, an African American woman has never served on the Supreme Court.



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Javier Garay is Media & News SVCS Intern at UnmutedCo. He is currently enrolled in the University of North Georgia seeking a bachelors degree in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. Javier writes for Black News Alerts (BNA) along with social media management for both BNA and BossFM, and is a part of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.