When President Trump declared that he wanted former Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) To lead his Justice Department, Liberal legislators and activists warned that his appointment would be detrimental to civil rights especially when it comes to issues affecting blacks.
Much of what worried them came true in less than two years that he held this position. The sessions have made considerable efforts to roll back the Obama administration's decisions in the areas of law enforcement, law enforcement and the protection of civil rights.
Shortly after Trump's inauguration, Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) Told Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart that she felt Sessions was "very dangerous" for people of color.
"I think it's a racist, I think it's a rebound and I do not mind saying it, every day of the week," she said. "I think Jeff Sessions is very dangerous … and I think he's absolutely convinced that it's his job to keep minorities in their place. And so I think we have to watch it, we have to watch it and be ready to push back. "
And Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Hit the headlines to oppose Sessions' candidacy by trying to read a 1986 letter criticizing the former legislator.
"I am surprised that Coretta Scott King's remarks can not be debated in the US Senate," said Warren after the interruption of the speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Waters probably felt this way in part because the sessions allegedly accused the National Association for the Promotion of the Color of the People and other civil rights organizations of being non-American in addressing civil rights issues. . And former colleagues testified that he had used the keyword and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, claiming that he thought the terrorist organization was "in agreement" until he knew that they smoked marijuana. " The sessions deny having made these remarks.
Under the leadership of Sessions, the Justice Department has slowed down its investigations of police services before issuing public reports of their failures – a practice implemented under the Obama administration after activists complained of bias law enforcement against people of color.
Members of Congress also criticized Sessions and its staff after the FBI's anti-terrorism unit, a threat-based investigation unit emanating from terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, created a new label for terrorists. national terrorist groups – "Black Identity Extremists" (BIE). – just before the violent march and demonstration in Charlottesville, drew more attention to white supremacy in America.
Sessions' decision to enforce federal marijuana laws has been seen as an attempt to revive the failure of the war on drugs, which historians say disproportionately to the detriment of people of color. A directive has made it easier for US prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where the substance is legal, such as California.
And in the last few years of the Obama presidency, when police firing on men of color drew the country's attention, the Department of Justice has put in place systems to ensure that The forces of order are more accountable for their actions.
But shortly before being fired, Sessions was assured that his latest action was consistent with that of many others within the Trump administration. On Wednesday morning, he signed a memorandum making more difficult the decrees used during the Obama era to fight against the abuses committed by the police.
Sessions will be remembered for many things – as the first legislator to say that Trumpism is part of it, but for many Liberal lawmakers his legacy will support policies that disproportionately affect people of color.