Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists React Online To SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson; Post Anti-Black And Misogynist Memes; Spread Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories Relating To Her Nomination

March 16, 2022

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On February 25, 2022, following the announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement, U.S. President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th associate justice of the Supreme Court. Jackson is the first black woman to be nominated to the court. Since the announcement of her nomination and throughout her confirmation hearings, online neo-Nazis and white supremacists have expressed their opposition to her nomination, reacting with "misogynoir" – hatred directed at black women – on platforms such as Telegram, MeWe, Gab, other forums, and blogs.

Many neo-Nazi and white supremacist users on these platforms are creating memes depicting Jackson as an ape or referring to her with anti-black slurs. Some are saying that she is unqualified due to her race, and others are claiming that she has been nominated only as a diversity or affirmative action hire. Some are asserting that Jews were ultimately behind her nomination. A handful of users are also highlighting the fact that Jackson is married to a white physician, and they have derided him and his medical practice.

The following report details the racism and violent misogyny expressed by neo-Nazis and white supremacists online following Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination, as well as the antisemitic and antigovernment content which has been posted during her nomination hearings.

On February 25, 2022, a user on a neo-Nazi forum wrote: "Jumanji Brown-Jackson is a Leftist ideologue, unfit to sit on SCOTUS." The post includes a meme showing Jackson with the text: "Best Argument Against The 19th Amendment."

On January 27, in a thread about Justice Breyer's retirement, users discussed Biden's selection of a black woman to replace him. A user posted a cartoon satirizing Biden's SCOTUS qualification chart. It reads: "Match your skin tone to see if you qualify for nomination." The meme depicts an outstretched white arm, showing that the person does not qualify. Text on the meme reads: "Whites Need Not Apply."

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