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This Democratic Rep Just Claimed Jim Crow's 'Nieces And Nephews' Are In The White House

A Democratic congressman on Friday compared some of the Trump administration’s policies with racist Jim Crow laws of the past, according to The Hill.

Referring to segregation and other racially based statutes that lawmakers passed following the Civil War, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York declared: “While Jim Crow may be dead, he’s got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well, and a few of them are running around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” The comment drew applause and laughter from the congressman’s audience at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn.

Jeffries ripped the administration for rolling back former President Obama’s efforts to combat racial equality, and rejected President Trump’s claim that he “inherited a mess” when he entered the White House in January. The congressman also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for defending police officers accused of violence against minorities.

“We have basically gone from a situation where we had a progressive attorney general in Eric Holder to a progressive attorney general in Loretta Lynch to a disaster and a good-ole boy in Jeff Sessions,” Jeffries said. “Obviously, we’ve turned back the clock.” The lawmaker called for criminal charges against Sessions for allegedly lying to a Senate committee about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States last year, while the then-senator was serving as a Trump adviser and campaign surrogate.

The Hill noted that Jeffries also lamented the Jim Crow era in his response to the 2012 killing of African-American teen Trayvon Martin by white Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida. “While Jim Crow may be dead, he’s still got some nieces and nephews who are alive and well,” the congressman remarked at the time. Politico reported that at a “town hall” event in January, Jeffries proclaimed that “every racist in America voted for Trump.”

The Hill defined Jim Crow as “a blanket term for laws, mostly in the South, that disenfranchised blacks and maintained white control over most of civic life from after the Civil War until the success of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s.”

Source: The Hill
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