Early Tuesday, controversial Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions had a very eventful confirmation hearing for his new post as attorney general.
Two protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members were escorted out of the room. Ironically, the demonstrators were protesting against racism, despite wearing a notorious hate group’s garb.
Sessions’ nomination has been contested by many people who don’t believe he is willing to fight for civil rights. He has, on more than one occasion, criticized the NAACP. Americans have also not forgotten about the crass KKK joke he cracked back in 1986 when he said he thought the group was “OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana,” Uproxx reports.
While Sessions has been credited with helping convict KKK members back in 1981 for lynching then-19-year-old Michael Donald, reports (and his actions) indicate that his role in the case may have been overstated.
Following his nomination, members of the NAACP organized a sit-in protest at his office, which resulted in a handful of members getting arrested, including the organization's national president, Cornell William Brooks.
On Tuesday, the protests continued with members of the women-led grassroots peace and social justice movement Code Pink and many others in the audience objecting Sessions’ new position.
The “KKK” protesters took an unconventional approach by sarcastically expressing their “support” for Sessions in their costumes and waving foam fingers that read, “Go Jeffie Boy!” and “KKK.” One of them even shouted, “You can’t arrest me, I’m white! White people don’t get arrested!”
Eventually, security intervened and escorted the very spirited hecklers out of the room, which was followed by applause from other opponents of Sessions, who were commending the activists for their bold message.
While it may seem odd for people to perpetuate the KKK’s principles in an attempt to protest against racism, it’s clear that their costumes alluded to Sessions’ past comments about the group and his reputation for being racist.
Unfortunately, President-elect Donald Trump is filling his administration with a slew of racists, misogynists, bigots, and political bullies. Sessions is just one of a whole team of people who seem to uphold white supremacist values.
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