Press Release

NAACP Critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Latest Racially-Tinged Statement

February 12, 2018

BALTIMORE— (February 12, 2018)—”The latest racially-tinged comments by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should give all people reason to worry. His decision to link the term Sheriff to some part “of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” is an unfortunate yet consistent aspect of the language coming out of the Department of Justice under his tenure and in the opinion of the NAACP, qualifies as the latest example of dog whistle politics.

“The NAACP opposed the nomination of AG Sessions and continues to stand by our decades-long assessment that he is the wrong person for the nation to place in charge of enforcing our laws. Throughout his career, through both statements and policies, he has continually found himself in opposition to communities of color.

“His stances at DOJ regarding their reversal of support for cases against voter suppression, his attempt to withdraw from consent decrees to reign in police misconduct, and the decision to return to polices including mandatory minimums that played a key role in the expansion of mass incarceration, are powerful examples of why communities of color must pay attention to what he does and what he says. More importantly, these examples serve as evidence and highlight why he remains unqualified to serve as the Attorney General,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.