Black Pastors Showed Up on the Hill to Demand Sessions Get a Fair Hearing

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Jan 10, 2017 9:25 AM
Black Pastors Showed Up on the Hill to Demand Sessions Get a Fair Hearing

The NAACP is planning another round of protests to try and block Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) path to becoming our next attorney general. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), in an historic move, plans to testify against his colleague. They, along with liberal media outlets, are suggesting Sessions is unqualified to hold the post because he's a racist. Yet, people who have actually worked with him before are setting the record straight. Ahead of Sessions' first confirmation hearing on Tuesday, a group of black religious leaders came to Capitol Hill to explain why they think he's the right man for the job.

The organizations Frederick Douglass Foundation and Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall held the event on Monday.

"As you will hear from the men who follow, Senator Sessions has consistently demonstrated respect and care for people of all races while serving his home state of Alabama," said Rev. Dean Nelson, Director of African-American Outreach for Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall. "He has in fact worked relentlessly on the side of desegregation and justice. His reputation as a formidable champion for the rule of law has benefited all the citizens he served. As you will hear, Senator Sessions worked courageously to punish whites who victimized blacks to the fullest extent of the law and to reward courageous blacks for their contributions to our country."

Another minister, who worked for Sessions on the hill, said he knows Sessions' character. He called him not only a great lawyer, but "a very good guy."

Rev. Ralph Chittams, president of the Fredrick Douglass Foundation's D.C. base, said he proudly endorses Sessions as well. 
"He has a track record of being a law and order civil servant," he said. "He is an advocate for religious liberty." He is intimately familiar with inner workings of the Justice Department." 
In other words, Chittams said, "we won't have to worry about a rookie and a learning curve when he takes the job."
Several speakers made references to Sessions' past prosecution of an Alabaman KKK leader, proving he's anything but a racist. He has also made an effort to recognize the accomplishments of inspiring black figures.
Other prominent black leaders like Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) have recognized Sessions' work on behalf of minorities, both endorsing their friend on Tuesday.

In case you're still not convinced, last week Sessions' former chief counsel gave Townhall a detailed, positive character review of him. You can read that interview here.