IF YOU CAN HEAR A DOG WHISTLE, YOU ARE A DOG – NBC anchor wonders:
Wondering what AG Jeff Sessions meant when he told National Sheriff's Association sheriffs are critical part of Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement?https://t.co/YCvWssloVV
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 12, 2018
What Jeff Sessions meant was that that the United States first inherited and subsequently built on the English common law system, in which the position of a sheriff is a very old institution (sheriff comes from the Old English for shire reeve, or a chief magistrate official for a shire). That’s pretty much it.
One would think that to state a historical fact would be quite innocuous, but since history is racist, talking about it in any but the negative and penitential terms must be racist too. Hence:
Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., responded to Sessions’ remark by tweeting out an excerpt of the letter her mother, Coretta Scott King, wrote in the 1980s vehemently opposing Sessions’s appointment to a federal judgeship, citing a lack of leadership on civil rights.
Do you know anyone who says “Anglo-American heritage” in a sentence? What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other? For the chief law enforcement officer to use a dog whistle like that is appalling. Best NO vote I ever cast.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 12, 2018
Brian Schatz is a Democrat Senator from Hawaii. If you are going to fight history wars, know something about history first.