Millennials and Gen Z: Stop Amy Coney Barrett from Erasing Your Rights
Millennials and Gen Z: watch out. Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing to the US Supreme Court begins tomorrow and Republicans plan to vote on her by the end of October. If Republicans succeed in confirming Barrett, age 48, three of nine Supreme Court Justices will be Trump supporters, including Neil Gorsuch, age 53, and Brett Kavanaugh, age 55, serving for the rest of their lives making decisions to take away your health care, expand gun rights, end reproductive rights, eliminate gay marriage. There’s a reason why Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by the Koch Brothers who were also behind the Tea Party, is working hard to confirm Barrett: so she will enrich corporations and the 1%. All so quickly, the American people will have virtually no time to weigh in: Barrett’s will be the shortest process since 1981.
Barrett’s confirmation will not affect me that much- I’m 51, I’ve had my abortion, my gay friends have gotten married. Millennials and Gen Z- whose views, identities and lifestyles contrast greatly with those of older generations- will be most harmed by extremist Supreme Court justices “Making America Great Again” for the rest of their lifetimes. As Pete Buttigeig explains below, the authors of the Constitution believed it needed to evolve with the times, not confine each generation to the past.
By 2040, the United States will be a majority people of color society. Among America’s largest generation, Millennials (born 1981–1996), 44% are people of color, and 48% of Gen Z (born 1997–2012) are people of color.
Gender and sexuality are changing, too. Only 48% of Gen Z’s identify as exclusively heterosexual, compared to 65% of Millennials. Upwards of 12% of U.S. Millennials identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, and a majority believe that gender is a spectrum rather than a man/woman binary. Among Gen Z, 56% know someone who uses a gender neutral pronoun and 59% believe forms should include options other than “man” and “woman.” Even among Republicans, Millennials’ views are more progressive than their parents.
Barrett Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are extremists whose views sharply contradict those of the majority of Americans. No matter what he claimed at the debate, Trump does not have a mandate to confirm extremist Justices who will roll back rights our forebears fought long and hard to secure. He lost the popular vote by 2.87 million votes and is only in power due to the Electoral College, and 80,000 votes in three states.
Trump supporters are a minority imposing their views on the majority via the Federal courts, where Trump appointees now hold one quarter of judgeships.
Amy Coney Barrett is a throwback to the white women activists who fought desegregation: a genteel white woman who uses religion to uphold violence and discrimination. Well-educated, but without compassion. Pious, but fundamentally immoral. She claimed in 2017 before her confirmation to the appeals court that “my views on (abortion) or any other question will have no bearing on the discharge of my duties as a judge” but it’s hard to fathom how they won’t.
Barrett wrote of the obligation of Catholic judges “to adhere to their church’s teaching on moral matters” and therefore recuse themselves from death penalty cases in a 1998 law review article “Catholic Judges in Capital Cases” She has repeatedly demonstrated her adherence to the Church’s teaching on moral matters:
In 2006 Barrett signed on to an advertisement in the South Bend Tribune calling for “an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v Wade.”
Beginning in 2011, Barrett was a paid speaker five times at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a summer program organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom to inspire a “distinctly Christian worldview in every area of law” and to show students ``how God can use them as judges, law professors and practicing attorneys to help keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel in America.” The Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Alliance Defending Freedom as a hate group for sending lawyers around the world to advocate for the criminalization of homosexuality and state-enforced sterilization of transgender individuals.
Barrett signed a “Letter from Catholic Women to the Synod Bishops” in 2015, after the Obergefell v Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage, affirming “the significance of sexual difference and the complementarity of men and women.”
Barrett is too extreme, too out of touch with American society, especially with Millennials and Gen Z, to serve for decades on the Supreme Court shaping the contours of American life.
To be clear: this is not about attacking Barrett’s religion. It is about condemning her hatred and intolerance. The majority of Americans, especially those who will live with the ramifications for decades, deserve a justice who represents us, and we must demand this sham confirmation stop until after the inauguration.
Here’s what you can do:
Call your Senators 202–224–3121 and demand they wait for the next President to confirm a Supreme Court Justice. They are counting calls.
Come to DC and protest at 8:00 am at the Supreme Court.
Join or organize a local protest.
Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who promised to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court, vote for Democrats running for Senate, and get everyone you know to join you.
Support the #SheWillRise initiative led by Black women demanding a Black woman justice.
Karen Fleshman Esq.,she/her/hers is an activist, attorney, single soccer mom, and founder of Racy Conversations, a workplace workshop facilitation company to inspire the antiracist generation. Alongside women from across the country, she was arrested multiple times for disrupting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. Known as Commonsense Karen, she is the author of the forthcoming book White Women We Need to Talk: Doing Our Part to End Racism.