Under any other administration I’d call this an innocuous historical footnote; in the current context, my “benefit of the doubt” reserves are pretty well depleted. https://t.co/BHC5LRECbD
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) February 12, 2018
We’re gonna have to turn Snopes.com into a public utility, at this rate:
On 12 February 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to the National Sheriff’s Association at their winter meeting, praising state and local law enforcement while advocating for reduced federal interference in their work. In remarks that diverged from the speech as presented on the Justice Department website, Sessions closed by invoking the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”…
The prepared remarks from which Sessions strayed included an omitted reference to tribal law enforcement, and they did not mention the purported Anglo-American heritage of the Sheriff’s office:
I want to close by reiterating my deep appreciation and profound thanks to all the women and men of law enforcement — federal, state, local, and tribal. I want to thank every sheriff in America.
Since our founding, the independently elected Sheriff has been seen as the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and amenable to the people. The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage.
Critics have suggested that Session’s use of “Anglo-American” implies that law enforcement is inherently the purview of individuals of white European Christian decent — a perception helped along by the speech’s primary focus on the merits of removing so-called “illegal immigrants” to curb violent crime…
Sessions could have avoided a lot of trouble this morning by either:
— Saying “common law” instead of “Anglo-American”
— Not having a long record in public life as a racist
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 12, 2018
Translation: American law enforcement is derived from slave patrols and predicated on the furtherance of White male supremacy and apartheid, and the South is rising again thanks to today’s @GOP. https://t.co/kvW9Vecdfe
— Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) February 12, 2018
Confederate Attorney General Bilbo Biggot is just warming up the crowd before he finally says the 14 words. https://t.co/ZHUFihTEeq
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 12, 2018