On April 15, the Red Cross is expected to honor Jeff Sessions for his service as Attorney General. In the past year, as a result of his aggressive policy of expelling more people than any other Attorney General in history, according to the New York Times, Sessions is likely to receive the agency’s highest civilian honor. Sessions was seated at the center of a problem that he has been silent about. That problem is, as both a Republican and as Attorney General, his agency has allowed one of the nation’s largest white supremacist, far-right-wing movements to operate unimpeded.
One of the Department of Justice’s chief critics on this issue, the ACLU, says the dedicated service that the agency provides white supremacists “is exactly what led to the current racial tensions we see today.” The ACLU is calling for Sessions to quit while he can, claiming that the AG is “dedicated to protecting and promoting white supremacy at all costs.”
The ACLU’s position is not completely without merit. After all, not only has the justice system routinely treated civil rights and immigrants with more leniency than it has white supremacists, but even when law enforcement has accused white supremacists, white racists or civil rights activists with murder, they have been given the benefit of the doubt.
So why did the Department of Justice turn a blind eye to white supremacists? The answer to that question depends on which agency is you asked.