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Saturday, February 09, 2008
On this day:

But who's counting?

The WP reports:

Before the legislative session started, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) appointed S. Bernard Goodwyn to the state Supreme Court. Goodwyn is the second African American to be named to the high court.

First, there was Justice John Charles Thomas.

Then, there was Justice Leroy Roundtree Hassell, Sr., now Chief Justice Leroy Roundtree Hassell, Sr.

Now, there is also Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn. I count three.

So WP Staff Writer Anita Kumar exhibits incompetence in basic background research. But Ms. Kumar's error obscures a larger problem. Why does it matter if Justice Goodwyn is the second or third African American to be named to the Supreme Court of Virginia? Should it matter any more that Justice Goodwyn, a male, replaced Justice Elizabeth Lacy, the first female to be named to that court?