Loretta Lynch, aka Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, has finally been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General. The Washington Post is reporting that Loretta Lynch’s confirmation marks the first time that a female black American has been voted as Attorney General for the United States, making her confirmation a tremendous victory — and an impressive historical moment for all Americans — especially, black Americans.
The former nominee has been filling in since Eric Holder’s departure in November with the Senate officially nominating her in February. Lynch grabbed the vote despite the number of setbacks and “hold outs” to discourage her from being officially voted in as U.S. Attorney General.
A Greensboro, North Carolina, native, and an African-American Delta Sigma Theta member, Loretta Lynch has been a Washington heavyweight for years. For a long time, the general public was not aware of her presence because she worked quietly behind the scenes. But make no mistake, those in a position to know say that this woman knows “exactly what she is doing.” That is why Obama chose her. About Loretta Lynch, who is referred to as “soul of grace under pressure,” President Barack Obama made the following observation and statement.
“She has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor, aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cyber-crime, all while vigorously defending civil rights,” he said back in November. “Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming people person.”
The Harvard graduate has fought against police brutality and African-American rights since the beginning of her career in law. And even though many in the African-American community are excited about her being confirmed as a Attorney General, for some her confirmation is bittersweet since Loretta Lynch has made it clear that she is against the legalization of marijuana. The supporters for the legalization and the decriminalization of marijuana feel that not legalizing it puts blacks at a disadvantage for having a criminal record, since African Americans are most likely to face arrest and conviction for possession of marijuana. But, even with fifty percent of the population striving for its legalization, Lynch has made her position clear on the subject, and she has no plans to back down.
“I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as Attorney General.”
Some are reacting to the political news on Facebook with the following comments.
“A sad day for us cannibis users.”
“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!!!!”
“Next: Hillary Clinton as president.”
“Congratulations, it was long overdue!”