More revelation about the republican agenda for blacks and minorities. Jeff Sessions a man with white supremacist ties, a racist and homophobic legislative record, and a history of opposing voting rights is now the top law enforcement officer in the country.
Coretta Scott King — the late widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. — begged the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against his appointment, when Sessions was up for a federal judgeship in 1986. Senators on both sides of the aisle considered him too racist for the job, based on his disparaging comments about African Americans. Sessions has reportedly said the NAACP and ACLU were “Communist-inspired” and “un-American,” called one of his black staff members “boy,” and joked that the worst thing about the KKK was its marijuana-smoking members.
In 2007, he argued that immigrants “create culture problems,” steal jobs from Americans, and that their “numbers cannot be too great.”
Kanye West’s lyrics in“New Slaves” “Meanwhile the DEA Teamed up with the CCA They tryna lock n***** up They tryna make new slaves See that’s that privately owned prison Get your piece today” could have finally been over! The Obama administration had put in place a plan to end the federal government’s use of private prisons, (one of the many things that would have directly helped blacks) but Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed via a memo to the Bureau of Prisons to ignore the Obama administration’s August 18, 2016 order not to renew any federal contracts with private prisons, The Hill reports.
There was a plan to end all private prison use on the federal level, and Obamas administration hoped the program would serve as a model for the states to follow.
Sessions’ memo was only a paragraph long. In it, he states that the Obama “memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correction system.”
But of course, changing long-standing policy and practice was the very point the Obama White House wanted to make!
Down from a peak of 30,000, outside companies now house about 21,000 inmates for the Justice Department, the agency reports. Because of changes in how some low-level offenders are sentenced, overall federal prison population has been falling in recent years.
With all the focus on criminalizing minorities and immigrants, it would be surprising if the republicans have plans that will keep both the federal prisons and the pockets of private prisons very, very full in the years to come.