WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spoke about how the death of George Floyd in May at the hands of police was “very, very personal” to her, as the mother of two black children, during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
The appeals court judge said she believed racism was an ongoing problem in the United States but argued it was a policy matter for Congress, not the judicial system, to fix.
During day two of the hearing, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked Trump’s nominee for the high court if she had watched the video of Floyd’s death which sparked a historic conversation about civil rights and police reform and how it had impacted her.
“Senator, as you might imagine, given that I have two black children, that was very, very personal for my family,” said Coney Barrett, 48, a mom-of-seven who adopted two children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti.
The conservative judge spoke about how she had to have a difficult conversation with Vivian, 17, and the rest of her children about police brutality.
“It was very difficult for her, and we wept together in my room. It was also difficult for my daughter Juliet, who’s 10. I had to try to explain some of this to them,” Coney Barrett told Durbin.
“I mean, my children, to this point in their lives, have had the benefit of growing up in a cocoon where they have not yet experienced hatred or violence and for Vivian, to understand that there would be a risk to her brother or the son she might have one day of that kind of brutality, has been an ongoing conversation,” she continued.
“It’s a difficult one for us like it is for Americans all over the country,” she said.