By Gracie Lewis

With the passing of Antonin Scalia, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court.  Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate have decided that they are not going to move President Obama's nominations forward. The President has the Constitutional right to fill this vacancy as defined in Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution.  It states that the President SHALL have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint judges of the Supreme Court.  The Senate's role is to give that nominee a fair hearing and a VOTE.

The Supreme Court is in session and there are many cases on the docket, including the right of workers to organize, the chance to halt unjust deportation of immigrants and the very existence of affirmative action as a legal policy.

President Obama has 300 days remaining in his term.  Six justices have been confirmed in a presidential year since 1900.  The most recent Justice to be confirmed in an election year was Justice Kennedy -- appointed by President Reagan -- who was confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Congress in February of 1988.  

Every nominee has received a vote within 125 days on nomination. The longest time before confirmation in the past three decades was 99 days, for Justice Clarence Thomas. The average time for confirmation is 67 days.  

The real reasons why President Obama has faced so much controversy over filling Scalia's seat are racism and white privilege.  Senator McConnell, the Senate should consider any nomination immediately!

I'm Gracie Lewis and that's my Point of View.

GRACIE LEWIS is a board member of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racism.

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