NAACP Protests Are a Sign of Things to Come
Kudos to the NAACP for their sit-in at Jeff Sessions' office in Mobile, drawing attention to the controversy surrounding the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
We'll be writing about this more when the hearings begin, but in a nutshell, Sessions is a man who:
- Was refused a federal judgeship in 1986 due to concerns about his racism
- Is strongly supported by the alt-right (in other words, neo-nazis) for his racist views
- Has denied that black voters have faced difficulties in places like Shelby County
- Prosecuted civil rights activists on charges of voter fraud, though as we've previously discussed on this blog, claims of voter fraud are without merit
The Sessions hearings will certainly be interesting to follow - it would almost be good entertainment if it were fiction. Unfortunately, that's not the world we live in today. Important voting rights (and other civil liberties) are hanging in the balance, and the impact could be felt for years to come.
The NAACP made a strong statement today, and the stakes are higher than ever. Stay tuned.