This was the term Jeff Sessions used to address one of his judicial assistants who was well over eighteen and happened to be African-American. Prior to his time in the Senate, Sessions was working his way up the judicial branch of government. His rise came to a quick halt when he was denied a post during the Reagan administration for a variety of racist remarks he had voiced over the years as well as some actions he had taken that appeared to have been racially motivated. During his confirmation hearings, Thomas Figures, a former assistant to Sessions, alleged that Sessions referred to him as "boy" when they worked together. Session backed up his vitriolic statements with action. As African-American organizers were working tirelessly to raise black voter turn out in in Alabama, Sessions allegedly went about bringing bogus charges against organizers in hopes of hindering their efforts.