Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. The fight to replace her is on.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg should not be replaced before the election

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, and I pray she’ll rest in peace. But her death means there’s a vacancy on the court. The question is who will fill it, and when?

Why does it matter? It matters because Ginsburg was in favor of Black rights, women’s rights, and human rights. And now the same people who stood against her, the same people who would erase every advance we’ve made toward equality—those people want to decide who replaces Ginsburg.

Let me make it plain. If Donald Trump nominates someone to replace Ginsburg, and Mitch McConnell’s Senate confirms them, the court’ll be able to stop voting rights, attack women’s rights, stop police reform, and take things back so far, you might see have Black folks picking cotton again. 

Because if you don’t remember anything else I say, remember this. Congress writes laws, the president signs laws, but the Supreme Court decides what the law actually means. 

Ginsburg thought the law meant everyone should be treated equally. Trump thinks the law means whatever he says.

And if you don’t believe me, consider this. Its’ 43 days until the presidential election, and Mitch McConnell said whoever Trump nominates to replace Ginsburg’ll get a confirmation vote. But McConnell blocked Obama’s Supreme court nominee for almost a year, claiming it was too close to the election.

Bottom line? Trump and McConnell want one set of rules for a white president, and another set of rules for a black president. They want the law to mean one thing for white folks and another thing for black folks. They want the laws applied unequally for women and men, rich and poor, workers and owners, and that’s wrong. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was all about justice. We can’t let them replace her with somebody who’s not.

Photo: By Wake Forest University.

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