Heard the name Jeff Sessions recently? The U.S. Senator from Alabama is up for Attorney General, hand-picked by President-Elect Donald Trump. The Republican has served for 20 years in Congress. However in the mid-1980's he was close to becoming a federal Judge, that was until a group of Senators denied him the opportunity saying they were a bit skeptical about his time as an attorney.
Those close to Sessions during this time said he often used the N-word, even joking that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was "okay" that was at least until he learned they smoked marijuana. Talks of Sessions being racist in the past came up again as the Senate (20 years later) is now considering his appointment for the U.S. Attorney General position.
One of the people who was not on the Sessions' bandwagon back the 1986; Coretta Scott King. She wrote an 8-page letter to lawmakers condemning Sessions saying if he would become a federal Judge he would "irreparably damage the work" of Martin Luther King Jr.
She would go on to say,
"the irony of Mr. Sessions' nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriff accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods."
Pretty serious words. The letter was unreleased until recently. King was also concerned about Sessions' respect for the Voting Rights Act, a movement MLK spent a great time to pass.
She accused Sessions of questionable behavior when he attempted to prosecute 3 African-American civil rights activists (known as the Marion Three) with voter fraud. The activists were volunteers whose jobs was to deliver absentee ballots to the post office to be counted. Sessions lost the case and the activists were released because they ultimately committed no crime.
Amidst the racism and raised eyebrows surrounding Sessions, he was denied the judge position, which is a lifetime appointment. This letter from King was allegedly hidden by the Republic Party and was never entered into the record during the 1986 hearing.