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High Court Still Low on Diversity, Representation

Throughout the history of the United States Supreme Court, of the 113 SCOTUS justices that have served, according to CNN's number-crunching, there have only been six justices that were not white men.

Of those six justices, four are still on the Court today. The two who are no longer on the Court are Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O'Connor. Sadly, the last few nominees have not helped the Court achieve more diversity, which would undoubtedly be helpful to the constant goal of inspiring the public's confidence and trust in the judicial system.

Religious, University, and Other Diversity

Curiously, the skin color of the justices isn't the only thing that tends to match.

The High Court seems to attract Yale and Harvard graduates. The newest nominee, Brett Kavanaugh would fit right in as he did both his undergraduate and law school at Yale.

Also, notably, historically, the vast majority of justices have been Christian (of some variety thereof, like Protestant -- though currently, the Court is overwhelmingly Catholic). Including the three Jewish justices on the bench today (Justice Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer), there have been a total of eight Jewish justices. Speaking of low numbers, the High Court has never had a gay justice, nor a Muslim or Buddhist or atheist justice. Justice Sotomayor, one of the four women to have served, is also the only Hispanic justice in the Court's history as well.

Given the size of the nation, and the increasing diversity in the legal profession, it is difficult to understand why even the High Court's clerks aren't more diverse.

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