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In the category of: Just answer the question
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, repeatedly declined to answer questions on Tuesday about her views on abortion and Obamacare, frustrating Democrats at the beginning of the second day of her confirmation hearings.
Appearing in-person before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett emphasized that she had no political agenda and frequently cited her current role as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals when asked about her views on specific issues.
“If I give off-the-cuff answers, then I would basically be a legal pundit,” the 48-year-old nominee said. “I don’t think we want judges to be legal pundits. I think we want judges to approach cases thoughtfully with an open mind.”
“If I express a view on a precedent one way or another … it signals to litigants that I may tilt one way or another on a pending case,” Barrett added.
In the category of: Just a political maneuver?
In the category of: Entitled to anger
In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates. We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc — all in little more than a century.
Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year, Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.
I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.
My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.
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