“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
While that famous Edmund Burke quote was not uttered by the African American civil rights activist group, better known as the NAACP, it does signify the want and the will of the people to protest the president-elect’s political nominations. In case you were still detoxing from last year’s election, Donald J. Trump won the electoral college and immediately went to work staffing his cabinet with alt-right wing nuts, a former pro-wrestling CFO and a fast food chain owner. Tuesday, Jan. 3, according to Reuters, the NAACP took particular umbrage with the nomination of the nation’s next Attorney General, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, and staged a sit-in at his Alabama office.
In a move called “deeply troubling” by the NAACP, Sessions appointment as Attorney General is frightening given his views on voting rights, race relations and immigration. He is also a very vocal proponent of voter ID laws, which has been has appellate cases go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Members of the NAACP vowed to occupy Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office until the Republican lawmaker either withdrew as a candidate or they themselves were arrested. As of an hour ago, the protest was ended with the latter happening with NAACP members being taken into custody, which you can see in this tweet below:
— Bryan Carnaggio (@Bryan_WPMI) January 4, 2017
Sessions, 70, has a strong and controversial history of having positions against race relations, immigration and is looking to double-down on a cabinet full of people looking to “shake things up” in the country. “Senator Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter suppression but zealously prosecuted innocent civil rights leaders on trumped-up charges of voter fraud,” NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said in a news release. “As an opponent of the vote, he can’t be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer for voting rights.”
President-elect Donald Trump named Sessions to lead the Justice Department and the FBI back in November, yet his history and reputation could increasingly come under fire after the NAACP’s protest. A man who made history as only the second federal prosecutor nominee to be denied confirmation as a federal judge now has control of one of the pivotal pillars in American politics.
Keep up the fight, NAACP! And you can join in too by becoming a member, donating to the cause and sharing your thoughts on Twitter.