The phrase "in a historic vote" gets thrown around a lot in journalism — and it isn't always warranted. But shortly after 2 p.m. EDT April 7, 2022, a Senate roll call confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice — the first Black woman to sit on the bench.
The elevation of Jackson to the Supreme Court will not change the ideological setup of the bench — which would continue to be split 6-3 in favor of conservative justices.
Nonetheless, it is an important landmark in the history of the court — of the 115 justices on the Supreme Court since it was established in 1789, 108 have been white men.
Race featured in Jackson's confirmation process; so too did attempts to define her "judicial philosophy." We turned to legal scholars to explain the meaning of Jackson's successful ascension to the court.