Our collective hearts are very heavy. After a ferocious battle with cancer, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. To say that many of us Americans are gutted is an understatement. Justice Ginsburg, or the “Notorious RBG” as she is often lovingly (and aptly) referred to, was a champion for women’s rights her entire career. She broke impossible glass ceilings to become the woman we all look up to.
So many of us were hoping that she would be able to live through the election. For many of us, including women, the LGBTQ+ community and BIPOC, RBG was our only chance at a livable future. And now that she’s gone, we’re very worried. Of course, we should never put all of our hope on one person. It wasn’t fair to her. But if there was anyone who could save us, it was her.
Naturally, as the news of her death spread, people took to social media to memorialize the great RBG. Rest in peace and power, Madame Justice.
Just in case we forget, RBG was still very much a person.
Justice Ginsburg was more than a seat on the Supreme Court. Tweet accordingly.
— Adele Scalia (@AdeleScalia) September 19, 2020
For many people, women especially, RBG was a fucking superhero.
Not all heroes wear capes. Mine wore a robe. #RIPRBG
— Julie Buxbaum (@juliebux) September 19, 2020
If we’ve learned anything from her, it’s that we must keep fighting.
We’re now walking to Mitch McConnell’s house to protest.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 19, 2020
In this time of utter despair, it’s easy to only think about the negative effects of RBG’s death. But we must also remember her great legacy.
In my fear and rage and more fear over what happens next, I don’t want to skip over mourning our incredible Ruth.
She broke through the glass mountain of lies about women and donned the shards as a robe to remind us, every day, that they were always lies.
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) September 19, 2020
She was a tireless champion for democracy until the very end.
I hate that she literally never just got to rest.
— Greg Andree (@GregAndree71) September 19, 2020
She’s given us so much, may she now be at peace.
Love and light to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May she finally rest. May she sleep well. May she know peace after giving us every last drop.
— Tiffany D. Jackson (@WriteinBK) September 19, 2020
We may have lost our leaders, but we must keep fighting.
to have lost both john lewis and ruth (within two months of one another) feels… like such a call to arms.
— cam // here 4 a limited time only (@candiceamanda) September 19, 2020
There’s no way to shake the sadness quickly. We’ve already been through so much.
sometimes i think the human brain simply was never built for the amount of cumulative grief we’ve all had to hold this year. it’s biologically, psychologically, spiritually unbearable.
— casey mcquiston ⚡️ preorder ONE LAST STOP (@casey_mcquiston) September 19, 2020
No one person should have to carry such a heavy burden into their last days.
RBG deserves rest and peace. Our democracy should not be reliant on one single person. We keep on. We fight.
— Rebekah Weatherspoon … is forever on deadline. (@RdotSpoon) September 19, 2020
It’s just not fair.
She shouldn’t have died with him on her mind.
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) September 18, 2020
Sometimes, all you can do is scream into the void.
I don’t even have any fucking booze in the house. I’m just walking around screaming fuck at the top of my lungs.
— Imani Gandy ✊🏾 (@AngryBlackLady) September 18, 2020
RBG’s legacy speaks for itself, and will continue to inspire generations of girls and women.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 19, 2020
The loss of RBG is heavy for so many of us, but let’s also consider her family in this.
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is an immense loss. And the fate of the country should not rest on one woman’s shoulders however giant they were. I’m so sorry for her family and friends.
— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2020
Dissent. Dissent. Dissent.
People have already LITERALLY started casting votes for the next President. If Mitch McConnell thinks we’re just going to sit by passively and LET them replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he can go fuck himself.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 19, 2020
We can’t let her fight be for nothing. It’s our turn now.
Heart heavy . The baton has been passed to us . I will keep fighting your honor. Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 🖤🥺
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) September 19, 2020
We got this.
We will carry on the fight. Your rest is earned.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 19, 2020
Sometimes, you just need to be a little petty.
I hope ghosts are real and RBG uses her supernatural powers to scare trump just for fun. Throw his pizza on the floor Justice Ginsberg.
— Joni Edelman (@joniboloney) September 19, 2020
Rest up, we’ve got work to do.
Sleep. Wake up. Feel better. Fight.
Got it? Got it.
— Arvin Ahmadi (@arvinahmadi) September 19, 2020
It goes without saying that we will miss RBG.
completely fucking devastated about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and completely fucking terrified of what’s going to happen to us now that she’s gone. thank you for everything, RBG. your loss cannot be understated and you will be deeply missed.
— bea (@beamiller) September 19, 2020
Right now it may seem impossible to see a light in this very dark tunnel. We need to take that same energy and focus it in a productive way, now more than ever.
I know the popular analysis is going to be “we’re screwed,” and I *feel you.*
But nah. RBG didn’t go out like that and neither are we.
I’m not speaking that, and I’m not believing that. We gon fight. That’s what we’re gonna do.
— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) September 18, 2020