Maya Wiley Discusses Disagreement and High Stakes for Democracy in the Context of the Ketanji Brown Jackson SCOTUS Confirmation Process

Maya Wiley (’92), incoming President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, published a piece in The New Republic calling out Senator Josh Hawley’s misrepresentation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her SCOTUS confirmation hearings and pointing to the perspective Judge Jackson will bring to the Supreme Court bench as a Black woman and criminal defense attorney (“What Josh Hawley Would Bother to Learn About Ketanji Brown Jackson If He Weren’t Such a Demagogue,” Mar. 21). “Changing minds is not a thing to be feared but to be celebrated. It is why we have inquiry in the first place. . . . Jackson has honed her legal acumen in the tradition of inquiry and understanding. . . . It is a balanced Supreme Court that is more likely to help us work through divisions, if senators will recognize that disagreement is not our biggest challenge: Embracing, respecting, and appreciating our differences is.”