March 22, 2022

Judge Jackson Has “Drawn Heavily” from CRT Advocates

In speeches and writings, Judge Jackson has frequently cited leading advocates and ideas of Critical Race Theory (CRT). 

Judge Jackson praised the late Derrick Bell, better known as the godfather of CRT, and his wife Janet Bell 
  • She referred to his 1993 book, “Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism” as “essential reading” and “a pioneering contribution to critical race theory scholarship”
  • Judge Jackson claimed she has “drawn heavily” from leading CRT advocate Janet Bell 
In a lecture, Judge Jackson highlighted the 1619 Project, which was repurposed into materials for K-12 students – originally claiming that the “true founding” of the U.S. began when the first slave ship arrived in the U.S. 

Judge Jackson has revealed that she finds critical race theory to be an important component of sentencing 
  • In a lecture, Judge Jackson revealed that she found sentencing “interesting on an intellectual level, in part because it melds together myriad types of law” including “constitutional law, critical race theory” and others  

-30-