Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2021. Credit: Erin Schaff / AP

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The recent BDN opinion piece, “Courts, football need more diversity” is missing the glaring problem of diversity on the Supreme Court. The problem is that historically the justices have been overwhelmingly white and male. Even today, the majority on the court is white and male. We should reverse that trend by nominating and appointing more women, as President Joe Biden is trying to do. It is an added bonus that she will be Black.

Columnist Michael Cianchette is trying to highlight a tiny problem and is missing the larger problem of white male over representation on the bench. I think it is disingenuous of him to talk about the problem of diversity by stirring up interracial conflict, and by diverting our attention away from the larger problem. It is an old tactic. Before he suggests that a Black woman make way for an Asian woman on the bench, he should suggest a white male justice make way.

Until and unless we solve the larger problem, we cannot start on the goal of true representation on the court. Cianchette is pitting Black Americans against Asian Americans. As an Asian woman, I see through that.

Samantha Le

Bangor