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Who are we kidding? Attorney General Jeff “King Keebler” Sessions’ federal investigation into the torch-wielding white supremacist march on Charlottesville, Va., is going to be an inconclusive waste of resources and efforts.


In fact, when I first learned that Sessions was going to open an investigation, I joked that he was probably going to research why the nonviolent protesters who were rallying against hate weren’t at home, or work or someplace else. He’s probably going to investigate whether marching in the streets could lead to federal charges and how he can enact a “body barricade law” against those who were struck by the rogue Dodge driven by a terrorist.

The idea that a world-renowned racist whose legacy is so mired in racism that even Coretta Scott King hated him (quick—name one other person that Coretta Scott King hated. I’ll wait) is going to investigate white supremacists is almost laughable. At the time of this writing, no one inside the administration has called this violence by name. No one has denounced the connection between white supremacy and the White House. In fact, Republican Congress members have urged the president to come out against this domestic terrorism, and he refuses because this is his base.


So when Sessions announced Sunday that “the violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” I called bullshit.

King Keebler, TrumpPutin and Steve “Big Papa” Bannon are the wheels in the tricycle of hate. They allow, push, perpetuate, encourage and support this kind of racist hatred. In fact, the president couldn’t even take a moment to distinguish between those rallying against hate and those who were there to support it. It isn’t difficult to find the words. Everyone outside this administration has found a way to stand on the right side of this, even if it’s just for appearance’s sake.

“When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated,” Sessions added, Politico reports. “I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene and law-enforcement officials for the state of Virginia. The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice. Justice will prevail.”


No, it won’t, and in all honesty, nothing from this administration besides hatred of others seems to ring true. I don’t believe Sessions. I don’t believe TrumPutin. I will never believe Big Papa Bannon—unless, of course, they are centering whiteness and hating others. Then I believe them wholeheartedly. This is who the members of this administration have shown themselves to be. They are not only aligned with white supremacy; they are white supremacy.

So when Sessions claims that such actions “betray our core values and cannot be tolerated”; that he’s talked with law enforcement, from the FBI to local officials; and that a U.S. attorney has the full support of the Department of Justice, I call bullshit.


Time will move this tragedy into the back of the American consciousness, and the investigation will turn up more of nothing. In the end, the white men who stormed Virginia wielding tiki torches, some of whom were dressed like their grand wizard on vacation, will not be held accountable. The rest of us will continue to try to make sense out of how open racial hatred became the norm under the racist-in-chief’s command.

Read more at Politico.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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I did just hear on one of the news programs (no, I don’t remember, I’m sorry - I’m bleary - but if I find a clip I’ll post it) that the investigation will be

a) into whether or not the crimes in question are hate crimes (we all know they are, but they are notoriously challenging to prove, Sessions or no Sessions),

b) that the investigation will be carried out by experienced career DOJ employees in the Civil Rights Division (I’m assuming the analyst meant out of those who are left), and

c) that the investigation was announced after Eric Holder called for it, which may be the most cannily strategic thing I think I’ve ever seen Sessions do (as opposed to just poking here and poking there and figuring out where he can make a dent with his racist bigotry that doesn’t even have colorable evidentiary support as good policy and often attempts to be enacted in direct opposition to it).

*fights with self not to say catty snarky things*