On Tuesday, MSNBC host Al Sharpton used the signing of the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act to attack Republicans for questioning the record of President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson and insinuate racism was an issue at her confirmation hearings.
Sharpton made his remarks during an appearance on “Deadline.”
Today was a proud moment for me as I watched President Biden sign Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Bill, making lynching federal hate crime.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) March 29, 2022
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Sharpton: ‘We have come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go’
Sharpton praised the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act for increasing penalties for hate crimes that are already in federal law. Sharpton described it as a significant symbolic victory.
“I think that it was hopeful to be able to see this legislation finally pass,” Sharpton told MSNBC’s audience.
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The activist reverend continued, “But as I sat there in the Rose Garden, I also thought about not far from the White House, we saw just last week a black woman being questioned about race as she is now nominated to be the first black woman on the Supreme Court.”
“So when you look at the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee that are still raising the same kind of bogus questions, it says that, yes, we have come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Sharpton said.
He didn’t elaborate on what the “bogus” questions were, or what “questions about race” were given to Jackson.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) March 28, 2022
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Sharpton suggested Republicans’ line of questioning for Brown Jackson was racist.
“If you don’t believe it, just look at the hearings, not 100 years ago, but just last week,” Sharpton said. “When you ask a black woman who has that has passed everything you could imagine to show she’s qualified, whether or not she practices religion, is she religious on a scale of one to ten, then ask her about her about coloring book of a young white child and do you think he’s a racist and accuse her of dealing with Critical Race Theory, we still have a lot of work to do.”
By far the most contentious aspects of Jackson’s confirmation hearings have been her record as a judge in sentencing cases involving child pornography and terrorism.
Jackson also took some heat for saying she “can’t quite remember the basis” of the infamous Dred Scott decision, which ruled that slaves could not become American citizens – ironically the most notorious and racial case in the history of the Supreme Court.