The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg devastated the nation, but also galvanized allies of social justice who rallied together and pledged their commitment to honoring the legacy of the American icon. Politicians, celebrities and dozens of other Americans went to social media after hearing the tragic news on Friday, expressing their admiration of the women's rights champion and how they plan to honor her.
Civil rights advocate Bernice King reminded Americans to rise up despite the heartbreak and continue fighting for justice.
Divest your energy from imagining the worst.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) September 19, 2020
Invest your energy in committing to and working for better...to strategizing and organizing for justice.
Lawyer and author Meena Harris used Ginsburg's own words to uplift the nation.
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you," wrote, quoting the 87-year-old woman.
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." — Ruth Bader Ginsburg— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) September 18, 2020
Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham embodied the life of Ginsburg with a series of inspirational words.
"Grieve. Breathe. Strategize. Organize. Fight. Keep fighting," Cunningham said.
Grieve. Breathe. Strategize. Organize. Fight. Keep fighting.— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) September 19, 2020
In a period of tribulation, which has brought increased social unrest along with the pandemic and the loss of too many cultural icons, Cunningham reminded social justice advocates to choose a path of resilience.
"I choose the discipline of hope over the ease of cynicism.
I choose fortitude over fatalism," the activist wrote. "I choose to be who my ancestors protected and my creator formed.
I choose strategy and organizing as the container for my anger. I choose to be more than a conqueror."
I choose the discipline of hope over the ease of cynicism.— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) September 19, 2020
I choose fortitude over fatalism.
I choose to be who my ancestors protected and my creator formed.
I choose strategy and organizing as the container for my anger.
I choose to be more than a conqueror.
Filmmaker Austin Vesely echoed the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, reminding Americans that it is not a time to sulk.
watching @AOC on live, [generally quoted:] "we're all tired, but this is what authoritarianism is supposed to do. It's supposed to wear you down until you give in. And you never give in. That's our #1 job right now."— Austin Vesely (@AustinVesely) September 19, 2020
"We don’t have to believe things happen for a reason to believe things mean something when they happen," Michelson said. "Let the grief and fear and love threatening to swallow us be what we need to fuel us to find the courage to change the world around us."
A prayer/spell after the death of RBG:— Noah Michelson (@noahmichelson) September 19, 2020
We don’t have to believe things happen for a reason to believe things mean something when they happen
Let the grief and fear and love threatening to swallow us be what we need to fuel us to find the courage to change the world around us
I mean, can 2020 really can't beat all of our assess?— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) September 19, 2020
Have we tried fighting her ass back? pic.twitter.com/oPAg1ae5gz
Rep. Maxine Waters urged Senate Democrats to honor the dying wish of Ginsburg, who said she doesn't want her seat to be filled until a new president is installed.
"Senate Democrats, do not back down," Waters wrote on Twitter. "You have a tough fight ahead, but our future is on the line! No SCOTUS appointment before the election!!!"
Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her seat would not be filled until a new president is installed! Senate Democrats, do not back down. You have a tough fight ahead but our future is on the line! No SCOTUS appointment before the election!!!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) September 19, 2020
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” the senate majority leader said.
Advocates for civil rights are urging the public to get involved in political action now more than ever.
Right now. Right now. This is the moment you register. You donate. You vote. Right fucking now.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 19, 2020
Ginsburg, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, announced the recurrence of the disease earlier this year, CNN reported. She died on Friday at the age of 87.
Eve Levenson, a junior at George Washington University in Washington, DC, said seeing a woman on the Supreme Court was inspirational.
“RBG was one of the main reasons I grew up believing that despite what anybody said about my religion, ethnicity, or gender that I could do anything I set my mind to,” Levenson, who is Jewish, told CNN. “Seeing yourself represented in the highest court of the land is a powerful image.”
According to Politico, the social justice champion served on the Supreme Court for almost 30 years.
"She steadfastly protected the rights of African Americans, women, immigrants, gays and lesbians, persons accused of crimes, political dissidents, and other groups in our society whose rights and interests are too often disregarded by a hostile or indifferent majority," Geoffrey Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, said according to Politico.