Sessions Wants To Protect Sheriff’s Office ‘Anglo American Heritage’. Social Media Posse Calls ‘Dog Whistle’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking this morning at the National Sheriff’s Association winter conference when he went off script and said what he really thinks.
Sessions accidentally (or maybe not so accidentally) admitted out loud what the black community has been saying for decades (centuries?) that American law enforcement is for white people. He might as well have been wearing a pointy white hood during his speech, Justin Rosario reported for The Daily Banter.
From Newsweek. Story by Ryan Sit
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose political career has been dogged by allegations of racist comments, faces a fresh backlash after harkening back to the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” during a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday.
“Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process,” he said at the organization’s winter conference. “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.”
The Anglo-American comment may have been unscripted as it did not appear in a copy of his prepared remarks published by the Department of Justice. That copy reads: “Since our founding, the independently elected Sheriff has been seen as the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and amenable to the people. The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage.”
There could well be an innocent explanation for Sessions’s comment, with some speculating that he meant only to refer to the policing structure the United States inherited from Britain or even the Anglo-Saxon route of the word. “Sheriff” is a portmanteau of the Anglo-Saxon words “shire,” meaning “county,” and “reeve,” meaning “guardian,” according to The Washington Post.
But Sessions’s history led some on social media to be less generous with their interpretation.
“Under any other administration I’d call this an innocuous historical footnote; in the current context, my ‘benefit of the doubt’ reserves are pretty well depleted,” tweeted Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, tweeted a quote from her mother’s 1986 opposition to Sessions’s nomination for a federal judgeship.
"The irony of Mr. Sessions' nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods.” #CorettaScottKing, 1986 https://t.co/hZzSTKj6UY
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 12, 2018
Sessions was later denied that federal judgeship over allegations of making racist comments when he referred to Thomas Figures, a black assistant U.S. attorney who worked for him, as “boy.”
Sessions denied the allegations at the time, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee: “I am not a racist, I am not insensitive to blacks. I have supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all.”
Read more at Newsweek.
"The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office" : Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at the National Sheriff's Association winter conference in DC. @vicenews pic.twitter.com/gPS6AbkS30
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— Rage Against The Regime (@TheBluFalcon) February 12, 2018
Did he just say we need to protect white people from other races and that only white folk should be sheriff or am I trippn?
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— Ncideout (@NCIDEOUT_) February 12, 2018
Sessions meant it just the way he said it. For Black people the power of the sheriff was critical in enforcing white supremacy and still is. Sadly it is not just sheriffs but law enforcement in this country. The proof is clearly stated by Sessions, the enforcer of said law. SMH
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@jeffsessions is dog whistling all over the place. And he won't clean up after himself either.
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