After an 8-hour sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions office in Alabama, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks has been arrested.
Brooks, along with other liberal black leaders, were protesting President elect Donald J. Trump’s appointment of Sessions as Attorney General.
As the NY Times reported:
Protesters from the N.A.A.C.P., including its national president, were arrested on Tuesday after an hourslong sit-in at the Mobile, Ala., office of Senator Jeff Sessions, where they demanded that he withdraw his name from consideration as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s attorney general.
Almost two dozen civil rights activists occupied the office around 11 a.m. to denounce what they called the senator’s “hostile” attitude toward civil rights and the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013.
The sit-in ended shortly after 6:30 p.m. when the protesters refused an order from the building’s management to leave the premises. It was not immediately clear how many people had been arrested, but a live-stream broadcast on Facebook by Lee Hedgepeth, a local journalist, showed at least six people agreeing to be arrested and kneeling before the police in prayer.
“We are about to be arrested,” said Cornell William Brooks, the national president of the N.A.A.C.P., cutting short a phone call with a reporter on Tuesday night. “We are doing this as an act of civil disobedience standing in the tradition of Rosa Parks and members of the N.A.A.C.P. community.”
— Cornell Wm. Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) January 4, 2017
This is shameful:
— Bryan Carnaggio (@Bryan_WPMI) January 4, 2017
— Cornell Wm. Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) January 3, 2017
There was a time when the NAACP stood against real racial injustice in the Democrat-run South during the Jim Crow-era. Now, they are attacking Trump’s highly qualified nominee for Attorney General. As Ken Blackwell explained in the Washington Times, these attacks are shameful:
Dishonest media attacks against President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, won’t derail his confirmation. But it’s important to discuss where they come from because not everyone who realizes their origin is comfortable with that conversation.
The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times spent more than a month working on stories that were exclusively about Jeff Sessions and race, to run before Mr. Sessions’ Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Their aim was clear: to try to define Mr. Sessions as a caricature, stepping straight out of the segregated south and into the Department of Justice, ignoring his 20-year career as a United States senator.
There’s only one reason why large news organizations invest so much time, energy and money — they sent reporters to Alabama, each of whom spent a week there — to do these biased stories, and it’s time someone said what it is. The reason is because someone, somewhere, deep down doesn’t believe a white man from Alabama should be the attorney general of the United States.
That’s every bit as racist as saying a black man from Chicago shouldn’t be president of the United States.
This is a breaking news story. We will update this report as more details become available.