NAACP Leaders Arrested Following Sit-In At Sen. Sessions' Office
On the same day the letter was sent, the NAACP staged an hours-long sit-in protest at Sessions' office in Alabama; six demonstrators, including the civil rights organization's president, have been arrested. "If we understand depth of commitment to be a requirement for the job of attorney general, then he is not qualified for the job, because he has demonstrated no depth of commitment when it comes to civil rights", NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks explained to the Times. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsMore than 1,100 law professors urge senators to reject Sessions as AG NAACP protests Sessions's nomination in Alabama office As AG, Jeff Sessions will restore police, Dept. of Justice relationship MORE (R-Ala.) as unfit to handle the responsibilities of the country's top law enforcement official. "And in the wake of the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, he has said it was a good thing", Brooks pointed out.
The protest by the NAACP is not the only opposition to Sessions' nomination.
The NAACP first had issues with Sessions when he unsuccessfully prosecuted a group of African American activists for voter fraud.
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Flores ' statement quoted some of those black leaders, including Larry Thompson, a former deputy attorney general, who told the Washington Post that Sessions "doesn't a racist bone in his body".
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin hearings on Sessions' nomination January 10, with many civil rights groups standing in opposition.
The NAACP has also been live-streaming the demonstration inside Sessions' office on Facebook.
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"These false portrayals of Senator Sessions will fail as exhausted, recycled, hyperbolic charges that have been thoroughly rebuked and discredited", Flores said in the statement.
"Despite 30 years of our nation moving forward on inclusion and against hate, Jeff Sessions has failed to change his ways", said Simelton. "I watch his record when he says something I trust it, and as far as civil rights he is perfectly fine on everything related to civil rights", said Bryant.
The arrest came after they refused the building manager's request that they leave after the building closed at 6 p.m. As best as I can tell, Sessions hasn't commented publicly on his plans, but if the Alabaman doesn't vote, it will reduce the margin for error in the 52-48 chamber. The Alabama Senator has also been a staunch opponent of several civil rights causes, and he even lost a federal judge appointment in 1986 after cracking a joke about the KKK (although he has vehemently denied this claim).
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