Many of the "anti-crime" policies implemented by America's 'legal eagles' over the past few decades have been blatantly racist against black people; primary cause for President Barak Obama to be thinking about appointing an African-American to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. New York's infamous Rockefeller Laws, mandatory sentencing, and brutal prison policies, are but a few of the ways the American Justice System has disenfranchised black men. These factors begin to ring out loudly when understood on the backdrop of what Attorney General Holder noted about contemporary law enforcement: "We have often been a nation of cowards;" indicating the raw reality that discrimination remains a vital factor in the law today.
Having 'any old' African-American on the Supreme Court will not suffice this go around, especially since Chief Justice Clarence Thomas has not represented the specific interests of African-American people. A black judge who has demonstrated a capacity to empathize with issues that surround black men and women in America is vital in this selection. To provide a better understanding of my idea of a proper choice for Souter's replacement, I offer up a potential candidate, and will show you why I feel this way.
State of Michigan, 3rd District Circuit Court Judge Craig Stephen Strong has the right kind of history to be the nominee for the Souter seat. The following aspects of his biography indicate to me that he has enough 'swagga' (as T. J Holmes of CNN puts it) to fit the bill of a true representative of African-American culture: 1) he was raised on the "Old Westside" in Detroit, 2) he graduated from Howard University, 3) he was a founding member of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, 4) he was part of the National Bar Association's delegation to South Africa, 5) he is an avid collector of African art and African-American memorabilia, 6) he was instrumental in establishing the Charles Wright African-American History Museum in Detroit, 7) he is a member of the NAACP, 8) he is a member of the Black United Fund of Michigan, and 9) he plays the sax. If that doesn't prove he is the man for the job I don't know what else does. Who would you nominate for the Supreme Court? P.S - If you had to pick and African-American!