Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III's Move to Stop States from Legalizing Marijuana Is Racist

The Trump administration and the Trump party continue to demonstrate that racism is their chief value.

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Yesterday, hate transcended 60 years of the Republican Southern Strategy. The party of states' rights suddenly became anti-states' rights. Why?

Black people and white people consume marijuana at roughly the same rate. However, Black people are arrested 2 to 5 times as much as white people for marijuana (some regions arrest at a greater disparity than others). "States' rights" was the issue before the Civil War and again during the Civil Rights era. Should an individual state have the right to have slavery? Hundreds of thousands of Americans died to make slavery illegal in every state. States' rights were the reason why Southern states had Jim Crow after it was banned in the rest of the country. More currently, states' rights were touted as a reason for individual state ID voter requirements that have a proven disparate effect on non-white voters.

Ever since Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy reversed the roles of the Democratic and Republican Parties (after Democrat Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts), making the Republican Party the party of racism, the Republicans have actively pursued a path of gerrymandering and voter suppression of non-white people to maintain power.

Why is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III suddenly interested in marijuana? I think it has a lot to do with Republicans fearful of Roy "banned by the mall" Moore's loss in Alabama. Republicans know, in a nation becoming "minority-majority" in roughly 25 years, they are going out of business unless they resort to lies and dirty tricks.

Keeping marijuana illegal allows Republicans to continue to push Black and Latino people off the voting rolls for "crimes" like possessing individual quantities of marijuana.

The other big move yesterday was Trump canceling his own commission on election fraud. He set it up to find the "millions" of illegal (Latino) voters that Trump claims voted for Clinton. He's going to turn it over to the Department of Homeland Security, so they terrorize Americans. The top 13 people listed on the DHS website under leadership are all white. No Blacks, no Latinos, no Asians.

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Bootlickers Continue Their Synchronized Licking

Politics trump ethics for so-called "religious" so-called "leaders." Children screwed over.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, might be disturbed by the images and audio of children crying after being separated from their parents after they are detained crossing the U.S. border. However, because Graham has been among President Trump's strongest supporters, he's not blaming the current administration.

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Blonde Affirmative Action Strikes Back. Dopey Move by Nielsen Gives Administration a PR Black Eye in the Middle of the Border Crisis.

Incredibly, Homeland Security Trump Minister Kirstjen Nielsen goes to a Mexican restaurant in the middle of the border crisis.

While the Department of Homeland Security is separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, they have no problem enjoying Mexican food.

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Trump Caves, Signs Executive Order to Stop His Border Policy, No Details

Tries to blame Obama, Democrats, Congress as he caves in to human decency.

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UPDATED June 20, 2018 at 3:36 p.m.

Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

The New York Times reports that the new executive order seeks to modify that existing consent decree in order to keep parents and children together in detention. However, Amnesty International says that those detentions could now be indefinite.

"Make no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution," Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

"Mothers, fathers, and children must not be held behind bars for prolonged periods for seeking safety. Not only does imprisoning children go against our country's shared values of dignity and equality, but it is also unlawful and threatens to permanently stain the U.S. human rights record."

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During an early afternoon meeting on Wednesday with members of Congress at the White House, President Donald Trump reportedly was going to announce an end to a major crisis in which migrant families are being separated after they are detained crossing the U.S. border.

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U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III may lose his job as Sunday school teacher as he faces expulsion by his own church's people for his enforcement of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

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Video: Rep. Cummings Says What Every Non-Bigoted American Thinks About Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Policy

"We will not keep kids in internment camps," declared Cummings."This is the United States of America."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) expressed what compassionate, non-bigoted Americans feels about the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration — "We are better than that."

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Judge Dismisses Charleston Shooting Lawsuits, Criticizes FBI

Survivors of the shooting sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.

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(Reuters) — A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits filed by survivors of a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church who sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.

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Richmond's J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, decided on using the name of the nation's first Black president as their break from hateful history's grip.

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