When President Trump said that he wanted to lead former Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) As head of the Justice Department, liberal legislators and activists warned that his appointment would harm civil rights, especially when it comes to issues affecting black people ,
In less than two years he was in, much of what they were worried about came. Significant efforts have been made at the meetings to reverse the decisions taken by the Obama administration in the areas of law enforcement and civil rights protection.
Not long after Trump's inauguration, MP Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, said she thought sessions were "very dangerous" for colored people.
"I think he's a racist, I think he's a step backwards, 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 is absolutely convinced that his job is to keep minorities in their place. I think we have to take care of him, we have to keep an eye on him and be ready to push back. "
And Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Made headlines for the nomination of sessions when he tried to read a 1986 letter criticizing the former legislature.
"I am surprised that Coretta Scott King's words are not appropriate for a debate in the US Senate," Warren said after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had interrupted her speech.
Waters probably felt partially so because Sessions allegedly accused the National Association for the Promotion of Colored People and other civil rights organizations of being un-American in dealing with issues of civil rights. Former colleagues testified that he used the N word and made jokes about the Ku Klux Klan. He said he considered the terrorist organization "okay" until he learned that they had smoked marijuana. Sessions denies having made these comments.
Under the direction of Sessions, the Department of Justice has withdrawn efforts to investigate the police before publishing public reports of their failures – a practice that was introduced in the Obama administration after activists complained of law enforcement being biased against Colored people.
Sessions and its staff have been criticized by members of Congress after the FBI's Counter Terrorism Unit, an investigative unit focused on threats from terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, has created a new label for domestic terrorist groups – "Black Identity Extremists" (Bies). Shortly before the violent march and protests in Charlottesville, white supremacy in America was more emphasized.
The efforts of the sessions to enforce the federal marijuana laws have been seen as an attempt to revive the failed war on drugs, something historians say has disproportionately damaged people of color. A policy made it easier for US attorneys to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where the substance is legal, such as in California.
In the final years of the Obama presidency, when police received national attention in shooting colored men, the Department of Justice set up systems to make prosecution more accountable to their actions.
Just before he was released, Sessions made sure his last action was consistent with so many of his others in the Trump administration. On Wednesday morning, he signed a memorandum that made it harder to enforce decrees from the Obama era to combat police abuse.
Meetings will be remembered for many things – being the first legislator to claim that Trumpism is one of them, but for many liberal legislators, his legacy will support policies that disproportionately affect color people.