The president elect is considering Alabama senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general in the new administration. In his long service in the United Sates Senate, the potential nominee, now age 69, has a long history of denigrating racial and political minorities. In the past, he has refused to condemn the Klu Klux Klan and has opposed any proposal favorable to the LGBTQ community. Since his early days in Congress, he has frequently made racist remarks and called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American.”
Senator Sessions has also been quoted as saying that following organizations were “un-American, teaching anti-American values and were “communist inspired.” J. Gerald Herbert who currently directs a voting program at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Herbert recently confirmed the foregoing comments, stating that he stands by the testimony he gave 30 years ago.
Senator Sessions has stated that a white attorney who represented black clients “might be a disgrace” and that the NAACP and the ACLU did more harm than good by trying to force civil rights down the throats of people.
In an interview with CNN, Mr. Herbert also said that if the president appointed Senator Sessions as attorney general, he might disregard the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. In 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to reject Senator Sessions for a federal judicial appointment. The senator returned to the Senate, somewhat abashed.
As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I grew up in a segregated town of 10,000 citizens in north Texas. The schools were separate and African-Americans were barred from many stores, movie theaters, and other places of entertainment. Things have not changed much. I still have a few high school friends who will talk to me. Otherwise, the town is a hermetically sealed unit. I wish them well; but, I don’t want to go back.