Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Watching the procession and setting of the casket carrying Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. The arrival of her casket is touching, she’s carried in by some of her current and past law clerks. Once the coffin is resting, a confident woman Rabbi leads a memorial service. Chief Justice Roberts pays a tribute that’s warm, emotional, and genuine. This ceremony has me in awe and in tears.
I’m thinking about a world that Ginsburg was born into. In those days, human rights were limited or nonexistent depending on one’s gender, skin color, religious practices, income potential. During Ginsburg’s lifetime and through her legal work, people of all kinds gained more rights. She opened opportunities for higher education, better incomes, and socially-improved lives.
Many of us benefited from changes that arose in her legal work, from arguments before the Supreme Court to opinions from her seat on the Court. Social changes she worked toward have allowed for improved citizen equality, given more opportunities to hope, and granted to many better lives.
Immediately, her passing has given voice to political opposition, a high-battling that confronts citizens with an opposition incredibly ugly, reaching noise-levels rarely experienced in contemporary American history. Many citizens fear a rapid undermining of critical equalities, like personal choice and health care, that now exist for all through Ginsburg’s intelligent work.
Dear Friends: We watch, hold breaths, and hope for continuing equality in law. Diana