Congressman Johnathan L. Jackson Co-Leads CBC Special Order on Affirmative Action (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Jonathan L. Jackson co-led a critical Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Special Order Hour on Tuesday, dissecting the impact of the recent Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action. Congresswoman Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick co-hosted this pivotal discussion alongside him.
In his address, Congressman Jackson underscored the historical context of systematic injustice that affirmative action aimed to rectify, stating, “Black people in America have never asked this country to give us special treatment. What we have rightly demanded is there be policies put in place that do not intentionally and unrepentantly exclude us from participating in the benefits of the American dream.”
The Congressman critiqued the Supreme Court‘s decision for not aligning with historical precedent, current realities of America, or the struggle for racial equality. He shed light on the inherent inequities in the education system, saying, “According to Forbes Magazine, approximately 42% of the applicants accepted into Harvard University were donor-related applicants—while another 34% were legacy admits.”
Despite the recent setback, Congressman Jackson remains resolute and advocates for tangible changes. “It’s not enough to express outrage, we must channel it into action,” he urged, calling on his congressional colleagues to work together to create legislation ensuring liberty, justice, and equal access to education for all.
In his concluding remarks, Congressman Jackson emphasized the future vision of the nation. “This is about the kind of nation we want to be, and the kind of future we want to leave for those who come after us,” he passionately declared, expressing his commitment to a more just America that serves all its citizens.
Watch the Congressman’s full remarks here.
Congressman Johnathan L. Jackson Co-Leads CBC Special Order on Affirmative Action