Justice Jackson is in the Minority, and That’s a Good Thing

Jackson's arrival at the Supreme Court comes a day after the 55th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall making history as the nation's first African-American justice.

In case you haven't heard, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. This is a sign that the court is slowly but surely becoming more representative of the country as a whole. Justice Jackson's appointment is an important step in the right direction toward achieving true equality in America.

She's also in the minority of judicial ideology among the 6-3 conservative majority. While that may not sound like good news at first glance, it's actually a very encouraging sign. Here's why.

Justice Jackson is a strong dissenting voice on the court, and that is desperately needed right now. With so much at stake in terms of abortion rights, voting rights, and other key issues, we need someone who is going to set the frame for the court going forward. And that's exactly what Jackson is doing.

In addition, her opinions are already having a great impact on law and policy in America. And she's not even on the court yet! Imagine what she'll be able to accomplish once she's officially sworn in.

It's important to remember that Justice Jackson is just one person. She may be in the minority right now, but that doesn't mean she won't be able to make her voice heard. In fact, her unique perspective as a Black woman on the court will likely give her an even greater platform to speak out on behalf of those who are underrepresented in our society.

In this image provided by the Supreme Court, members of the Supreme Court pose for a photo during Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s formal investiture ceremony at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (Fred Schilling/U.S. Supreme Court via AP)

So don't despair just because Justice Jackson is in the minority on the Supreme Court. In many ways, this is actually good news. We need her dissenting voice right now to help set the frame for the court going forward. And we need her powerful opinions to help shape law and policy in America. So let's all welcome Justice Jackson with open arms and look forward to seeing great things from her in the future.