“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation might be a welcomed reprieve from his jurisdiction over the justice department. His odious record has done little to impact the civil liberties of African Americans, confirming our deepest concerns when it comes to criminal justice and equal rights. However, given the administration’s track record on appointing problematic people to positions of power, it would not be surprising to see a replacement who carries on Trump’s racist and divisive policies,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.
“The NAACP actively and demonstrably opposed his nomination in 2016. We stand by our decades-long assessment that he has always been the wrong person to place in charge of enforcing our nation’s laws. Throughout his career, he has continually found himself in opposition to communities of color. We await President Trump’s next appointment and will be ready to fight if the rhetoric and policies of his replacement continue to disproportionately target African Americans and marginalized communities of color.”