Eric Holder's People

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Trader666, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Eric Holder's People
    The attorney general confirms suspicions of racial bias at the Justice Department.

    "This Department of Justice does not enforce the law in a race-conscious way," declared Attorney General Eric Holder in a House oversight hearing yesterday. But Politico reports on an exchange during the hearing that suggests otherwise. Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican, was questioning Holder about the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case, which the department dismissed after Holder took over:

    The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
    "Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia--which was inappropriate, certainly that . . . to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.

    It's sometimes a useful exercise to imagine situations like this one in reverse. Suppose that in the course of defending himself against accusations of bias in favor of whites, a white attorney general referred to whites as "my people." What would we make of that?

    We have to admit that, for historically contingent reasons, such a scenario would be worse. Although civil rights laws protect everyone, they were enacted to remedy brutal and systematic discrimination against blacks. Thus it is of particular importance that black Americans be able to have confidence in the impartial administration of justice.

    Yet to say it is of particular importance is to draw a distinction of degree, not of kind. It is of great importance that all Americans have confidence in the impartial administration of justice. Holder understands that, at least in theory, or he would not have denied that his department enforces the law "in a race-conscious manner." But when the attorney general spoke of "my people" and meant only a subset of Americans, it confirmed the suspicion of bias that he was trying to counter.

    "Holder noted that his late sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, helped integrate the University of Alabama," Politico reports. That's a legitimate point of personal pride, but in his official capacity Holder owes his allegiance to the nation as a whole. If he approaches the job with the attitude that any group smaller than all Americans is "my people," he is the wrong man for the position.
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  3. Eris Holder is the best friend to the bankers. His refusal to prosecute a single person during this economic disaster is tantamount to treason.
  4. Do you blame "the bankers" for your misfortunes?
  5. No, I blame myself for not seeing this coming. I take personal responsibility for my fuck ups, unlike those that brought this economic havoc upon the nation. I've made enough money over the years to survive this. I have enough experience, talent, and business connections to turn up some work, albeit it less lucrative than it used to be. I also have not forgotten my past, what it's like to actually work and sweat for a living, and what it's like to be treated as nothing more than a tool in a toolbox. Best compliment I ever received was being told I'm a working man's kind of boss. Having come up through the ranks, that's who I am, and that ain't gonna' change.
  6. Really? You sound awfully bitter and resentful, to the point of being irrational.

    Who exactly do you think brought this on and why didn't you take advantage of it instead of bitching about it?
  7. The old, you disagree with me so you must be irrational argument. Weak! Very weak!
  8. If it makes you feel better to believe that, go ahead and add it to your list of delusional coping mechanisms.