Tucker Carlson Suddenly Has Questions About Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Credentials – I Have Questions About His | Arwa Mahdawi


What does it mean to live in a democracy? Well, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, that means having the right to harangue black women and force them to show their IDs.

On Wednesday, Carlson launched a tirade on District of Columbia Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Joe Biden nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Jackson’s confirmation, if it occurs, would fulfill Biden’s campaign promise to appoint a black female judge.

“So is Ketanji Brown Jackson – a name even Joe Biden has trouble pronouncing – one of the best lawyers in the whole country?” asked Carlson. “[I]Maybe it’s time for Joe Biden to let us know what Ketanji Brown Jackson’s LSAT score was. How did she do with the LSATs? … It would seem that Americans in a democracy have a right to know.

Before we get into Jackson’s credentials, perhaps we should talk about Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson’s own credentials. If he thinks the name Ketanji Brown Jackson is hard to pronounce, maybe he shouldn’t be a TV presenter. Of course, Carlson has no problem saying Jackson’s name. He’s just racist: which seems to be the only qualification one needs to get a gig on Fox News.

The LSATs are a multiple-choice exam that you must pass to enter most law schools in the United States. Carlson only had to realize that it was written in the constitution that all Americans have the right to see a judge’s LSAT exams recently, because there is no record of him asking for the LSAT scores of recent applicants. in the Supreme Court, such as Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. , to be freed. I wonder why he’s so pissed about them this time?

While Jackson’s LSATs may not be common knowledge (his kindergarten report cards were also not released to the American people), his the diplomas are impeccable. She went to Harvard Law School; served as editor of the Harvard Law Review; clerk for three judges including Judge Breyer; spent 15 years as a public defender; eight years as a trial judge in the US District Court in DC; served as Vice Chairman of the US Sentencing Commission; and rendered a number of notable decisions. But none of that is good enough for Carlson. He won’t rest until we see his LSATs, an imperfect measure of student potential that helps applicants get into law school, but says nothing about their abilities after graduation. Even if Jackson’s score turned out to be stellar, Tucker would no doubt want her to see her birth certificate as well. And maybe get the stirrups out and take some head measurements while he’s at it.

No matter how hard you work or how many achievements you rack up, if you’re a minority, there’s always someone like Carlson willing to tell you that the only reason you got where you are is because things like affirmative action or political correctness. I definitely had my own Carlson moment. My first job out of college was as a trainee lawyer at a business law firm. A white man from my law school had a little meltdown when he found out I had joined the same firm that had rejected him. “Probably a diversity hire!” he said to me in a “joking” tone.

It is true, of course, that a significant number of unqualified people gain access to prestigious universities and top jobs through affirmative action. But you know who benefits the most from affirmative action? Rich white people. Take Harvard, for example. A 2019 analysis of Ivy League school admissions data found that only about 57% of white students were admitted to Harvard on merit. No less than 43% of them were there because they were “ALDC”: athletes, legacy students (their parents went to school), on the dean’s list (their parents donated to school) or children of Harvard employees. On the other hand, less than 16% of African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans admitted were ALDCs.

Once you’re out of college, there’s still plenty of affirmative action for well-connected white people. Analysis found that an American man is 8,500 times more likely to become a senator if his father is a senator. The same study found American men are 1,895 times more likely to become a celebrity CEO, 1,639 times more likely to win a Pulitzer, and 1,361 times more likely to win an Oscar if dad did the same first. .

If Carlson really cares about the United States being a meritocracy, then I suggest he cares less about making Jackson’s LSAT scores public and instead focuses on rather different data. How exactly did Jared Kushner get into Harvard, for example? Did it have anything to do with his dad’s $2.5 million promised at school? How did Donald Trump get into the prestigious Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania? Is it true that his father pulled some strings? Americans in a democracy have a right to know.


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