Group calls for diverse Supreme Court nominee

Group calls for diverse Supreme Court nominee

Advocates are pressing President Obama to choose a Supreme Court nominee who reflects the nation’s diversity.

In a letter to Obama this week, the Experts of Color Network said it wants the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor to be someone with an understanding of how historical laws, policies and practices have shaped opportunity and adversity.

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The group, which is made up of more than 200 scholars, advocates, and community leaders, said the nominee should be fair and open minded, have a deep, abiding appreciation for social justice and believe in the concept of universal adult suffrage and the principle of one person, one vote.

Other qualities include respect for the sovereignty of Native Nations; a determination to ensure the laws are instituted for the equal benefit, security and protection of all people; and an aversion to denying any person or group their civil, human or political rights based on race, color, creed, ability, gender, sexual identification or national origin.

“We are at a unique moment in U.S. history, with seismic shifts occurring in demography, technology, culture, and the economy and inequality cutting through all of these trends,” Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, said in a statement. “We urge President Obama to nominate someone who can constructively engage our new reality.”

Earlier this week, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus urged Obama to nominate the first Asian American to the Supreme Court to make the bench more diverse.

Senate Republicans, however, have pledged to block any Obama nominee, saying the seat should be filled by the next president.