Biden praised for transformation by South African president for appointing the first Black woman to Supreme Court


President Joe Biden was given praise for transformation by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for appointing Ketanji Brown as the first Black woman in the United States' history on the Supreme Court.
United States President Joe Biden and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.Leon Neal / AFP

The United States (U.S.) President Joe Biden on Friday was on a call with President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the South African government announced.

During the call, president Biden told the South African president that he had just appointed the first Black woman in U.S. history to serve in the Supreme Court.

President Ramaphosa said, "Keep it up," giving the nod to president Biden's bold move in transformation as he seeks to elevate a Black woman to the nation's highest court for the first time in its 232-year history.

When announcing the appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden spoke of how important it is for the U.S. justice system to reflect America.

As such, this transformation has always been pivotal to his policies, even during his campaigns before he was elected as the president.

When appointing Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden said:

For too long, our government, our courts, haven't looked like America. I believe it's time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation."

President Biden's second-in-command, Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris, also happens to be the first Black and Asian American woman to serve as vice president in the nation's history.

Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment in the Supreme Court office comes as a bonus to a promise that Biden made two years ago when he vowed to nominate a Black woman to the supreme court if he were elected to office.

The former Vice-Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission will succeed Justice Stephen Breyer when the court term ends this summer, and she has clerked for him before.

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