Politico spoke with Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP, last night at the BET Inaugural Gala, who told the site that, among his remaining appointments, the organization would like to see President Obama name a black woman to the Supreme Court. Specifically, Jealous would like to see Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, on the High Court.
“He still has several more appointments, and we expect that we’ll see at least the same diversity that we saw the first time around. What we’re hoping to see is a black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Jealous said.
Politico named Harris one of the “13 people to watch in politics in 2013” just a few weeks ago. In its blurb about the 48-year-old Harris, the site said “many Democrats sense her catapulting up the ranks in the party” with questions about her possibly replacing the nation’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, or possibly getting a seat on the Court. She is California’s first African American and first Indian American AG.
President Obama has been criticized by Democrats, and more specifically by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), for the lack of diversity in some of President Obama’s choices for the second term. Speaking to MSNBC earlier this month, he said that, by this time, there should be a number of qualified women and minorities to fill spots that have opened up in the cabinet and on the Court.
Just a couple days before this interview, this story ran in The New York Times, which called out the President for a seemingly all-male “inner circle” for his second term.
At the moment, it’s anticipated that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who is 79 years old, will step down from the Supreme Court soon. Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy aren’t too far behind at 76 years old.