Jeff Sessions Tells Law Enforcement to Never Forget the ‘Anglo-American Heritage’ of the Sheriff’s Office

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If Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not a white supremacist, he sure plays one well. In fact, he can’t even do anything without invoking his white heritage all up in the videos and all on the record, dancing (Suge Knight voice).


All Sessions had to do was give a speech to sheriffs on Monday in Washington, D.C., maybe say that they’re doing a fine job (they aren’t), and then thank them for the work they aren’t doing a fine job of and bounce off the stage.

But what does Jeff “King Keebler” Sessions do? You guessed it. He goes off script and shouts out the historical whiteness of the sheriff’s position and notes how we can’t forget that most amazing point.

“I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process,” Sessions said in remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association winter meeting, adding, “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” CNN reports.

“We must never erode this historic office,” Sessions continued.

A written version of Sessions’ speech notes that he was supposed to say, “The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage,” but once Sessions hit the stage and was feeling himself, he decided to ad-lib the part about “Anglo-American heritage” because .... well, racism.

A previous report by the Washington Post, which refers to the history of the sheriff’s office and the etymological origins of the term, might suggest to some that Sessions was alluding to the fact that “sheriff” combines the Anglo-Saxon words for “shire”—meaning “county”—and “reeve,” meaning “guardian.”

To this I say, nah, nigga. Sessions is a well-documented white supremacist who was so hot for incendiary racist behavior that Coretta Scott King once argued successfully for him not to become a federal judge.


In short, Sessions meant that shit exactly the way it sounded.

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



The Washington Post notes that maybe Sessions was alluding to the historical origin of the office of sheriff which combines the Anglo-Saxon England words “shire,” meaning “county,” and “reeve,” meaning “guardian,” to create “sheriff”.

Hey Washington Post...