How Racist Is Jeff Sessions?
How Racist is Jeff Sessions?
Jeff Sessions Seems to love his overly white colleagues and can’t wrap his head around why cannabis is should be legal. Is he misunderstood? Maybe he means well? Let’s take a closer look.
His first name is after Jefferson Davis, the leader of the confederacy during the civil war.
In 1985, Sessions prosecuted three African American community organizers in the Black Belt of Alabama, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s former aide Albert Turner, for voter fraud, alleging tampering with 14 absentee ballots. The prosecution stirred charges of selective prosecution of black voter registration. The defendants, known as the Marion Three, were acquitted of all charges by a jury after three hours of deliberation. No conclusive evidence was ever presented for why charges were brought.
At Sessions’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, four Department of Justice lawyers who had worked with Sessions testified that he made racially offensive remarks. One of those lawyers, J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had referred to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired”
The Next year Sessions was heard saying that he sympathized with the plight of the KKK but did not like the fact they smoked pot.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination. In her letter, she wrote that “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”[