Identity Politics and the SCOTUS

By Olivia Murray

Published: April 5, 2022 Noon EST

(3 minute read)

Just the other day, Politico tweeted out, “Ketanji Brown Jackson will likely be confirmed as the first Black Supreme Court justice by the end of this week.” The “news” bureau acknowledged their blunder, as she would actually be the third black justice to be appointed to the Court, and issued a correction:

For the record: This replaces an earlier tweet that stated Ketanji Brown Jackson could be the first Black Supreme Court justice, it should have said the first Black female Supreme Court Justice. We apologize for the error.


The Left’s hallmark modus operandi is identity politics. The first (albeit incorrect) tweet focused on skin color, while the “error” focused on biological sex. So what does a nation get when the political landscape is characterized by dividing citizens based on identities?

Founder of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch, described it as this, “The whole country is one vast insane asylum and they’re letting the worst patients run the place”; you get absolute and utter lunacy.

Judge Jackson is touted as the first black “female” justice, yet she herself can’t even define what a woman is; and left-wing outlets are so hyper-focused on her skin color, they forget there have already been two black justices. (The two black men nominated to the court, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, might arguably be some of the most recognized names in the history of the Court.)

But worse than embracing madness based on an identity of being female or black, is embracing it because of your identity as a “Democrat.”

During Jackson’s tenure as a federal judge, she tried a number of child pornography cases. She heard details of horrendously inhumane acts, described as “‘sadomasochistic’ torture of young kids — including ‘infants and toddlers’” and in light of it, extended leniency towards the offenders. In some instances, Jackson “even apologized” to the criminals. According to The New York Post:

Over and over, records reveal, Jackson made excuses for the sex fiends’ criminal behavior and cut them slack in defiance of investigators and prosecutors — and sometimes even probation officers serving her court — who argued for tougher sentences because the cases were particularly egregious or the defendants weren’t remorseful.

Identity politics causes substantial harm to national unity as it erodes the binding ties of being uniquely American; but the most dangerous of all identities is the modern Democrat.