‘Back of the bus’? Dem Rep. makes ‘shameful’ race-based accusation at Sessions’ hearing

If the Obama administration has done anything, it’s made people hyper-sensitive to racial issues — and by so doing, has further separated the gap between the races.

The most recent example came from Rep. Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus, who was disgusted that witnesses appearing against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general were scheduled to appear at the end of the hearings.

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The Louisiana Democrat likened it to the treatment of blacks in the 1950s South.

Richmond said that scheduling these witnesses at the end was “equivalent of being made to go to the back of the bus.”

The Judiciary Committee hearings on Sessions’ confirmation consist of three panels. Panel I is dedicated to the nominee himself — to afford him the chance to answer questions posed to him by committee members.

Richmond’s beef is that he, Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J. and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., are scheduled to testify in Panel III rather than II.

Richmond took his gripe to Twitter.

Folks on social media thought he was taking things a bit too far on that one.

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Although Richmond’s education includes a degree from Tulane Law School, there’s no indication that he had ever practiced law.

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If he had he may have held his tongue on this one. It’s often advantageous to call your most important witnesses at the end, so that their testimony remains the freshest in the jurors minds.

But then again, that would mean denying him the ability to make an outrageous statement.


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