‘Black Girl Magic’ con­jures up 19 fe­male African Amer­i­can judges

The Guardian - - WORLD - Tom Dart Hous­ton

Court­houses in a pop­u­lous re­gion of Texas have taken on a very dif­fer­ent hue in the wake of Tues­day’s midterm elec­tions, af­ter 19 African Amer­i­can women ran for judge – and all won.

The women – who are all Democrats – cam­paigned to­gether un­der the slo­gan “Black Girl Magic” and united for a pre-elec­tion court­room pho­to­graph.

Their vic­to­ries marked an un­prece­dented level of suc­cess for black fe­male ju­di­cial can­di­dates in the county, which in­cludes the city of Hous­ton. The county is home to 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple – 50% more than Wales – about 70% of them peo­ple of colour.

Pre-elec­tion fig­ures re­vealed that while white men made up 30% of the Texas pop­u­la­tion, they filled 58% of state court judge po­si­tions.

“Equal op­por­tu­nity for jus­tice re­gard­less of who you are – I think that with hav­ing an African Amer­i­can judge, a fe­male judge, a woman judge – those are the kinds of things that we bring to the bench,” Latosha Lewis Payne, a judge-elect, told a lo­cal TV sta­tion. “And we bring an un­der­stand­ing of a per­son who may come from that sim­i­lar back­ground.”

Democrats won all of the 59 ju­di­cial races held in Har­ris county this week.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: HAR­RIS COUNTY DEMO­CRATIC PARTY

The 19 fe­male African Amer­i­can judges in a photo posted on Face­book

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