Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
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.
I'd love to post the whole thing. Let me explain something to Eric, YOU ARE THE HEAD OF THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. Is that clear?
You are not the head of Black US Justice Department.
Congress wants to ask you questions -- about an incident you should have prosecuted, by the way, but even if you shouldn't have prosecuted it -- you shut your whining and answer the damn questions.
You set us all back with your answer. I don't need your help and my kids don't need your help.
Your help is actually hurt.
My son wants to be head of the Justice Department one day? If he does, he'll have to deal with, "Oh, remember that Holder guy? Always carrying on about how this or that was an insult to his people. We don't want another Black person after that.'
Eric Holder, you are Motown. As a first (first Black head of Justice Department), you are Motown. And just as Berry Gordy made it clear to his acts that they had to work hard and leave a better impression than any White entertainer would, so do you. You have to work and you have to leave office having dealt with Congress and others in such a way that you earned praise. They may not agree with you but they say, "Holder? He's a stand up guy."
That's your job as a first.
If it's too much for you, step down.
I'm not joking. We can't afford your nonsense. We're trying to take huge steps forward as a race.
You want to join us, welcome on board. But you're not helping anyone by, when you're asked about a crime by Congress, you want to say, "As a Black man, I'm offended."
As a Black woman, Eric, I'm offended by you.
As the mother of three Black children, I'm offended by you.
If you haven't figure it out yet, no one in the future is going to look back at the stands you took and applaud. The only way you can be a proud legacy in history is if you are someone who always cooperates even with people you disagree with.
A lot of that can be blamed on the mixed fellow trying to play Black. But I'm not talking to him, Eric Holder, I'm talking to you.
That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Priorities" and Eric Holder is on the right. As you can tell, he's a good looking man. But, Eric, cute isn't good enough. You've got to be smart and act smart too.
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