On Monday, #AttorneyGeneralJeffSessions addressed a gathering of the nation’s #sheriffs, where he once again committed to his job of making subtext text.
#Sessions was speaking before the #NationalSheriffsAssociation, a trade association representing roughly 20,000 #lawenforcement officials across the country. “The office of #Sheriff is a critical part of the #AngloAmerican heritage of law enforcement,” Sessions told the conference attendees. “We must never erode this historic office.” “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”? Hmm, what could that possibly mean?
This comment does not appear in Sessions’ prepared remarks. As Vice News’ Tess Owen points out, Sessions could have been referring to the Anglo-Saxon origins of the role of the sheriff (the sheriff of Nottingham, etc.) Still, considering every single god-given thing we know about #JeffSessions, that is a very generous interpretation of his remarks. When you are #JeffersonBeauregardSessionsIII, and are viewed as a #racist by a wide variety of people, one would think you might consider the optics of praising “Anglo-American heritage” in front of a largely white crowd of cops.
The rest of Sessions’ remarks are more tactfully written but equally horrifying. “The most important thing that any #government does is keep its citizens safe. The first #civilright is the right to be safe,”one part of the speech reads. “Too often, politics gets in the way of that mission.” That dichotomy—between “safety” and “politics”—is worth exploring. The clear unspoken idea is that it’s justifiable for black people to live in fear of law enforcement as long as white people feel “safe.” A black parent’s legitimate fears that their son might not come home from school one day is just “politics,” while uncritical support of a militarized police force that operates with relative impunity is “safety.” This shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise, but Sessions is pushing an industry already imbued with its fair share of #whitesupremacist sentiment in an even darker direction. I’m sure his intended audience loved it.
All masks are off. They no longer need to hide their racism. The beasts is released. #whiteidentityextremists
Attorney General #JeffSessions is a lifelong #racist and he’s fulfilling his life’s ambition by using the office of #AttorneyGeneral to carry out his white supremacist policies. He doesn’t want to give it up until he absolutely has to. At this point he’s no longer even hiding his racist ambitions. In fact he’s bragging about them in exact words. Here are the exact words Sessions said today while addressing the #NationalSheriffsAssociation“The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” No really, he said this.If this were someone else without a record of racism, we’d think perhaps they randomly misspoke. But this is Jeff Sessions we’re talking about.Did he get confused and think he was addressing the KKK? Is he cracking under the pressure and forgetting to keep his blatantly racist views shrouded in policy talk? It sounds like he just doesn’t care anymore, and he’s no longer trying to hide it.Perhaps this is a sign that Jeff Sessions thinks he’s near the end of the line anyway, so he’s just going for it. At this rate he’ll be yelling the “N” by tomorrow. This isn’t remotely funny. The sitting Attorney General of the United States is a white supremacist in addition to being a Russian traitor. Paging Robert Mueller. -Colonial America experienced an increase in population in major cities during the 1700s. Some of these cities began to see an influx of immigrant groups moving in from various countries(including Germany, Ireland, Italy, and several Scandinavian countries), which directly contributed to the rapid increase in population. The growth in population also created an increase in social disorder and unrest. The sources of social tension varied across different regions of Colonial America; however, the introduction of new racial and ethnic groups was identified as a common source of discord. Racial and ethnic conflict was a problem across Colonial America,including both the northern and southern regions of the country. Since the watch groups could no longer cope with this change in the social climate,
President #DonaldTrump’s administration over the past year has largely been consumed by scandals, tweets, #immigration restrictions, a failed effort to repeal #Obamacare, and the recently enacted Republican tax plan.
But in between all these issues and the media coverage surrounding them, the administration has proven adept at getting things done on a topic that’s received much less attention: the #warondrugs.
Since taking the reins last year, #AttorneyGeneralJeffSessions has used his position at the #USDepartmentofJustice to re-escalate anti-drug policies that had been pulled back by his predecessors during President #BarackObama’s time in office. Individually, many of these moves may have seemed small. But over the past year, they have built up to what one #drugpolicy reform advocate characterized as a “creeping escalation of the war on drugs.” “During his nomination, we warned that if [Sessions] were to be confirmed, he would pursue a hardline agenda,” Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, told me. Smith argued that’s exactly what’s happened, citing Sessions’s actions in the past year: “It is a methodical escalation of the war on drugs by Attorney General Sessions.” Those on the other side of these issues agree that the Trump administration has been successful in pursuing its “tough on drugs” agenda. Sessions “has remained focused, has remained diligent in his endeavors,” Jonathan Thompson, executive director of the #NationalSheriffsAssociation, told me. “We’re pleased with the attorney general’s activities and actions thus far. We think he recognizes the reality of the world we’re in today.” The latest example: Sessions on Thursday pulled back Obama-era policies that allowed states to legalize pot — as it remained illegal at the federal level — with little to no federal interference.
This was only one of the many moves Sessions has made in the past year alone, including tasking prosecutors with imposing tougher #prison sentences on even low-level drug offenders. The #JusticeDepartment has also taken steps that encourage more aggressive policing and provide less #federal oversight for #police abuses.