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Grievances with Sen. Jeff Sessions
Patricia Mokolo. First published in al.com.
We, the people, the NAACP, are unapologetic in our response. Alabama is at a point of heartbreak, disappointment and even grieves the choice President-elect Donald Trump has made for U.S. Attorney General. We know that the U.S. Attorney General oversees all the federal prisons, that he or she is the Administrator for the Department of Justice, is the one who ensures accountability of law enforcement officers and authority figures and is the one who ensures that justice is fairly waved to subject each of us accountable under the law and, not just the poor, not the people of color, but us all. We cannot trust Jeff Sessions. Every walk of life rejected his nomination to the federal judiciary decades ago. His record of racism, his false claims of civil rights work, and his opposition to civil and human rights has and is following him.

It's time to stop seeing people of color as suspect, as criminal, and making us one.

He is not a man who believes in fairness for all. Our prisons are overpopulated, with more than 2.2 million Americans behind bars. It's not constitutional to continue to rob Americans of their family, when they could be active participants in their communities, and contribute to society. Instead Sessions and his counterparts make sure the business of prisons thrive and stay in business. That's not American. The system has failed us. All of us!
More violations to the U.S. Constitution. There is an undeniable mark on the backs of people of color, which includes, African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Asians, and others. In 1980, the first person in Alabama to be made an example of the Habitual Offenders Act was Uncle Johnny, who stole a shiny red tool box and received a life in Prison sentence. Where is Uncle Johnny today, you might ask? As of last year, 2016, we know he was still in prison. His crimes have been stealing... Not murder! And for him, life in prison is the answer. At best, Uncle Johnny needed rehabilitation. Maybe more than once. It certainly would have cost the citizens of Alabama a lot less to rehabilitate him than to foot the bill of keeping him locked up for more than 25 years.

Murderers get less time. Alabama robbed this man of his life. Who will Jeff Sessions make accountable for this? Sessions was the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977, and 1981) and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama's Southern District. The Habitual Offenders Act is the reason for overpopulation and overcrowding in our prisons.

Many years ago, I wrote Senator Sessions for an answer to how this could happen to a US Citizen. He passed me off and never gave me an answer. I didn't matter and neither did Uncle Johnny.

Subsequently, more than 900 people lose their lives at the hands of police. Is there anyone accountable for this? Do we keep sending the message to Americans that their lives' do not matter?!

Is it not highway robbery to create a diversion for people of color, use tactics to suppress the vote to pass your own selfish agenda? Is it not highway robbery, to restrict Voter ID laws, close the motor vehicles to deny people access to ID's, which Alabama deemed necessary to vote, thus suppressing the vote.

If one community is hurting, we all are hurting. It's time to stop speaking in code, Mr. Sessions. It's time to stop treating people like third class citizens, Mr. Sessions. It's time to stop seeing people of color as suspect, as criminal, and making us one.

We are citizens and you represent every class, every race, every nationality within your state. Your willingness to violate people's rights creates disorder; and we the people of Alabama say you cannot be our Attorney General.