Jeff Sessions Quietly Rolls Back Anti-Discriminatory Legislation
While none of us have been looking, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been quietly rolling back provisions that help combat racism and discrimination.
The Justice Department’s most recent move is to cut 25 “guidance provisions,” many issued during the Obama Administration. These deregulatory rollbacks were instated on December 21 and scrap provisions that, among other things, attempt to mitigate discrimination based on citizen status and integrate people with disabilities into state and local government positions.
Sessions’ actions also revoke an Obama-era letter that urges “state and local judges not to impose fines and fees in a way that locks poor people into cycles of debt and prison.” This letter was written after it was discovered that the city of Ferguson used absurdly high fees to discriminate against and impoverish Black people for misdemeanors like jaywalking...JAYWALKING! Now, this common sense, anti-racism letter has been withdrawn by the Trump Administration. WHY?
These moves signify Sessions’ and Trump’s commitment to preventing low-income people - especially people of color - from advancing in society and escaping America’s racist and classist mass incarceration system.
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