In such an extremely tough time (mostly for blacks) in American history, when there are weaknesses in enforcing law among the black community, it’s easy to reason that the police accountability is entirely left in the hands of fellow police officers. But the fact is that prosecutors can determine the fate of a lot of cases before they head to trial.
While black women account for 1% of black prosecutors across the country, Judge Faith Jenkins explored all limits to become the only black attorneys at one law firm in Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Today, you can see Jenkins on your television screen featuring in her daytime court television series ‘Judge Faith.’ in the show, you won’t only see a no-nonsense judge with over 10-years of experience behind her, but also a black woman who is not afraid to use her platform for good.
The former Miss Louisiana was a frequent political and legal commentator on TV news programs, before being requested to star in a nationally published show back in 2014. During one of her segments, Judge Faith was seen defending the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama while speaking with Bill OReilly (a former Fox news anchor). Judge Faith refused to keep quiet, and we love her for that.
In a recent interview with “ESSENCE,” judge faith shared her story:
About her stepping into her power, judge faith said: “I had challenging times when I joined the firm…I had days when I cried since I just did not know what to do. Eventually, though, I just said I have got a right of being here and work here—and have a positive working environment.”
Judge Faith shared the importance of having a diverse pool of prosecutors. “I realized just how significant diversity was because what occurs with somebody’s case, often usually depends on who gets it. [They] choose prosecutors that they believe will exercise with discretion. But you have to have prosecutors who have different life experiences and diverse backgrounds, to bring that to the table.”
And on becoming the first black Miss Louisiana, she said, “as women, we are always highly critiqued on the way we look—and that’s why we have to instill self-esteem in our girls, and value of being proud of who you are—at an early age.”
“In my first season, I received so many comments which said ‘you aren’t qualified to be there.’ They did not read anything about me, instead, they just looked at me once, and concluded, ‘she shouldn’t be there.’ But I learned that: I do not have to explain myself to anybody. I’m there because it is where I’m supposed to be.
Judge Faith advised women experiencing challenges at work that: “remember that everyone’s situation is different… You have to create your personal documentation in terms of what is happening, and keep a timeline.”
Since your profile is exceptional, we’ll do just exactly that, Judge!