Letter to the Editor

Published 9:39 pm Friday, October 30, 2009

By Staff
Sessions was once seen as prejudiced
The hypocrisy coming out of Senator Jeff Sessions boggles the mind.
During the recent confirmation hearings, Senator Jeff Sessions has been lecturing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor about her views regarding prejudice in the United States legal system.
I find it rather ironic that Senator Sessions has the gall to question anyone regarding their prejudice views.
Senator Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship was rejected in 1986 by the very same committee that he presently sits on for his racially insensitive statements asserting that he thought the KKK was an okay organization and only changed his views when he heard that the KKK smoked pot. He also called civil rights lawyers race traitors.
According to a New York Times article dated May 7, 1986, then attorney Sessions acknowledged that he had referred to the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Council of Churches as “ un-American organizations.”
In the same article, it stated that the American Bar Association, which reviews all Judicial nominees, had given Mr. Sessions its lowest approval rating, and that some of its members found Mr. Sessions unfit for federal judgeship.
As a result, his nomination by then President Reagan was shot down.
I find Senator Sessions’ grand standing and demeaning attitude toward Judge Sotomayor embarrassing to say the least.
His hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.
Foster Kizer

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