Members of the national NAACP and the local chapter of Alabama held a sit-in at the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday to protest his nomination as attorney general in Donald Trump’s administration.
National NAACP President Cornell Brooks, posted a photo to Twitter saying he and the others were “occupying the Mobile office of @jeffsessions until he withdraws as a AG nominee or we’re arrested.”
Well, part of his wish came true: "The building manager has requested that we leave. And the police have just arrived. We are about to be arrested,” Brooks said in another tweet.
Six of the activists were indeed arrested:
It is reported that other protests and demonstrations occurred at other Sessions offices on Tuesday, as well, over his alleged racist past.
"We need someone who realizes that an attorney general has to actually care about the people's rights he's protecting, and not just doing it because it's his job,” said NAACP Mobile leader Lizetta McConnell.
According to NBC News, Sessions’ office released a statement ensuring the senator “has dedicated his career to upholding the rule of law, ensuring public safety and prosecuting government corruption. Many African-American leaders who've known him for decades attest to this and have welcomed his nomination to be the next attorney general." It also listed "bipartisan bills [Sessions] worked on that benefited black people. The measures included the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced, but did not eliminate, the discrepancy in sentencing rules for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine."
The statement quoted former black deputy attorney general Larry Thompson who said the senator “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
There’s also Alabama State Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross who for two decades has worked with Sessions. He hasn’t found that racist bone either:
"I have not witnessed any type of racial overtone. It’s just been two men working together to try to get things done for their constituency.”
After sitting around for somewhere around eight hours, eating pizza, and being released from jail, Brooks said, "The Voting Rights Act was born in Selma. Sen. Sessions was born in Selma. If he wants to honor the legacy of Selma, honor the sacrifices of the Selma marches, honor what so many have given here in Alabama and across the country for the right to vote, he should withdraw his own name.”