During Monday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland was asked about systemic racism. Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey asked Garland about his views regarding mass incarceration and inherent bias in the criminal justice system.
Booker began by describing the “Micah Mandate,” which he explained as “do justice, love mercy…and walk humbly.” He quoted an activist-theologian he has read, who says, “What does love look like in public? It looks like justice.”
Booker continued, telling Garland, “You have, to me, one of the most important positions on planet earth for trying to create a more just society…I want to talk to you about white supremacist violence…but before I get there, I am actually concerned with something that I consider pernicious and very difficult to root out, which is the realities of implicit racial bias that lead to larger systemic racism.”
Booker then asked Garland directly, “Does our justice system treat people equally