Now this really makes me proud. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Bernette Johnson as the state’s first black chief justice and she’s a woman.
According to the Huffington Post:
Johnson’s years of appointed and elected service on the high court give her the seniority to succeed Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball early next year, the court said in a unanimous ruling. Justice Jeffrey Victory, who is white, argued Johnson’s appointed service shouldn’t count and he deserved to be chief justice.
Voters elected Johnson in 1994 to the state appeals court, and she was assigned to the Supreme Court as part of settlement of an earlier lawsuit that claimed the system for electing justices diluted black voting strength and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
She served an eighth Supreme Court district centered in New Orleans until the court reverted back to seven districts in 2000, when she was elected to the high court.
Although there were tons of supporters routing for Bernetter, the court claims it had nothing to do with their decision.
“Although commentators have loudly emphasized them, factors which we do not ascribe any importance to in answering the constitutional question before us include issues of gender, geography, personality, philosophy, political affiliation, and race – all of which have the potential to inflame passion.”
Okay, if they say so. Bernette isn’t exactly out of the woods just yet as the oppossers still have five days to ask that the court reconsider their decision. I am really hoping and praying that the haters and spectators have several seats and allow this woman to make history not only for black people, but black women as well. Anywho, we can only hope for the best. I believe she’s already got it.
Spotted @ Madame Noire