Published at Bustle, November 2016
The stakes of the vacant Supreme Court seat are not a new subject of conversation in this election, and, by extension, neither are the social, legal, and civil rights issues that seat represents. This isn’t just about the high court, either, as there are an unprecedented number of lower court vacancies right now, and opportunities to fill seats across the U.S. Culturally, people understand that the next president will profoundly shape the court system and the future direction of Americans jurisprudence, taking us either forward or back, depending on who is named to fill that seat, and whether the Senate drags it out for months or even years. But the reality of that is slapping some of us in the face harder than others.
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