It appears that the wife of one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders in history might prove the racist rumors being thrown at the man Donald Trump is attempting to appoint as America’s next Attorney General.
Author/Activist Coretta Scott King, the widow of the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had written a pretty scathing testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) back in 1986 when he was at the time being considered for a federal judgeship position.
In a letter sent to then-Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), King wrote that Sessions “lacks the temperament, fairness, and judgement to be a federal judge” and said that his appointment “would irreparably damage the work of my husband.”
Over 30 years later, Sessions is now the junior U.S. Senator of Alabama and the top contender to become President-elect Donald Trump’s U.S. Attorney General. At the time King’s letter was enough to have Session denied the judgeship position as the letter included pretty alarming accusations against Sessions, saying that he once referred to a black attorney as “boy.” and also joked about supporting the Ku Klux Klan.
According to HuffingtonPost, it was Sessions’ record on voting rights that inspired King to oppose him. She pointed to his 1985 attempt to prosecute three civil rights activists for voter fraud― accusations that were later proved baseless.
King called on the Senate to reject his nomination.
“I urge you to consider carefully Mr. Sessions’ conduct in these matters,” she wrote. “Such a review, I believe, raises serious questions about his commitment to the protections of the voting rights of all American citizens and consequently his fair and unbiased judgement regarding this fundamental right.”
“Based on his record, I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made everywhere toward fulfilling my husband’s dream that he envisioned over twenty years ago,” she wrote. You can read her full testimony here.
Allegations surrounding Sessions’ relationship with minorities came up repeatedly during his first Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday. The Republican senator insisted that he’s not racist and used his stereotypically Southern name― Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III― as an excuse as to why people might think that he is racist.
Many opponents of Sessions say that he has a long history of opposing voting rights. In 2013 Sessions referred to the Supreme Court’s decision to get rid of the Voting Rights Act as “good news … for the South”.