Many Americans woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump put a racist in charge of the Justice Department.
Yep, we’re going from distinguished Attorney Generals like Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who once called the NAACP “un-American” but was totally okay with the KKK.
When Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee, then controlled by a Republican Party that valued a shred of decency, rejected his nomination over racist remarks he had said according to testimony from four Justice Department attorneys.
“I used to think they’re okay,” Sessions once said of the KKK, the white supremacist group that is responsible for many lynchings of black people across the South from the end of the Civil War to the 1960s.
But he called the NAACP an “un-American” organization that “force civil rights down the throats of people.”
And that’s not all. Sessions has also defended the Confederate flag, calling it a symbol of the South’s “fabulous accomplishments.” You know, like slavery and segregation.
Jeff Sessions: Removing Confederate flag is an effort to delegitimize the “fabulous accomplishments” of our history. https://t.co/uhACBzGn3M
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 18, 2016
But Sessions is more than just a verbal racist. He used his position as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama to prosecute black people for helping other black people vote.
In 1985, Sessions charged Albert Turner and Spencer Hogue with voter fraud for helping 500 elderly African-Americans mail in their absentee ballots. In the end, Sessions got his ass handed to him by the jury, who delivered a not guilty verdict.
Jeff Sessions prosecuted black voters in Alabama…for voting. pic.twitter.com/0OPS1etfkx
— Dr. Anthony M. Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) November 18, 2016
Like Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions is yet another white racist being placed in a position of power in our government by Donald Trump.
The Justice Department is about to become an enabler of racists across the country as Sessions will likely ignore civil rights law while declining to go after businesses and governments that discriminate against minorities. He is going to set civil rights back for many years to come unless he is stopped.
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