Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III couldn’t have a more fitting name. He is a true son of the South and about as conservative as they come. For years I’ve listened to him speak in the US Senate and so far haven’t heard a thing I agree with. To me, he’s just another product of just another Bible-belt state. A person whose ironclad views cannot accept that there are Americans who disagree and are different from him. He has trouble accepting that those who are different are still entitled to the same rights and protections that he is.
There is adequate evidence to support the claims that Sessions is a racist and opposes LGBT rights. He is steadfast against a woman’s right to choose. He denies this even though he has said, “It is not legitimate that an American citizen feels that they are more likely to be arrested or held to account or stopped and searched than someone else simply because of the color of their skin…” How can anyone with an open mind and clear understanding of reality say that it’s un-American to claim people of color are treated differently? It’s been reported that Sessions once remarked about the KKK, ” I thought those guys were okay until I learned they smoked pot.”
Whatever Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is he isn’t reluctant to place his conservative religious views before what is supposed to be a secular political system. In a June 15, 2018 speech he cited the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy and the separating of immigrant parents from their children. There are currently 2,000 immigrant children between the ages of infancy and seventeen being held in overcrowded holding facilities (otherwise known as prisons) in the American Southwest. Many things about his speech bothered me but I was especially bothered with how his face lit up and his smile beamed when claiming how Romans 13 was God’s word in support of his actions.
That smile sent shivers through me. This is not the America I learned about as a student, nor the one I taught about for almost thirty years.