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Friday, 3 October 2014

Odd Man Out

Odd how attempts to address historical wrongs can result in the opposite occurring .... Eric Holder was the first black Attorney General in US history. He was put in place by the first black President in US history. Hand in hand they were going to right the lingering wrongs of US racial history, and lead the US into Martin Luther King's 'dreamland', where black and white could be brothers, and the colour of the mans skin had no bearing on a mans progress in life.

Obama And Holder Had An Agenda - Some Whites Believed It Was Not Racially Even Handed.
 
Very laudable, but of course full of pitfalls .... not least that reverse racism is as bad as the original sin.

However, their intentions weren't matched by their performances ... the presidency of President Obama has in many respects failed ~ certainly he didn't manage to extricate the US cleanly from the Middle East, and it could be easily argued has actually left the area in the control of savages. Similarly Mr Holder has turned out in many peoples eyes, to be nothing more or less than a bigot himself. Fighting 'the man', from the 1960's civil rights movement, when in fact 'the man' was long gone. Even worse he and the President are in fact now 'the man' themselves. Oddly neither of them noted that the issue of their skin colour had not stopped them both rising to the very top, and that it relied on whites to help them .... that in fact the battles of the 1960's were long over in many respects ~ their own rise showed this.

Mr Holder has now announced that he intends to stand down from office, and despite some liberal cries that he never stood a chance, there are many more voices claiming out that he had done great damage to the constitution and the office he had held.

  • Indicted for contempt of Congress for refusing to produce documents, and the first Attorney General to ever have that happen.
  • Picking certain minority causes such as in the town of Ferguson (where a black man with a criminal record was shot and killed while unarmed by white police), but ignoring similar incidents where it hadn't got the same minority issues i.e. a white man was similarly shot by a black police officer in Salt Lake City but Mr Holder expressed no interest. He also failed to remark on the fact that black gangs rioted and looted in Ferguson, whereas white protests were peaceful in Salt Lake City.
  • A perceived failure to enforce Immigration, Welfare and Healthcare laws.
  • That in 2009, he said the US was "a nation of cowards" on racial issues (Americans hate being called cowards, so that was never going to go down well).
  •  His challenging of voter identification laws as being 'racist' when you need ID in the US to get on planes, buy beers, or even into courtrooms, seemed incongruous at the very least especially when he also failed to prosecute voter fraud and intimidation, in areas such as Ohio and Philadelphia, where the the New Black Panther's had already been found to have a case to answer.    

For the liberals, Mr Holder actions aren't faults, they are his major achievement, as they believe that he has seriously addressed 'institutionalised racism' (yes that same PC garbage, which excuses black failures as 'white racism'), in US society, and within the justice system specifically. 

But in general he is not being much mourned outside a band of Democratic Party loyalists ~ the few that are going to go down with the ship when this Presidency ends .... Whether we will see another black President for a while is a moot point, but in theory another black Attorney General would not have been any issue in the future, but for Eric Holder's ability to wind up so many in Congress, The Senate and so many ordinary citizens alike.

The Black Camelot expected by many under President Obama, has just not materialised ... the hopes invested by many on the left, have not really been realised and there are many (especially outside the US, in those hotspots the US was 'policing' when he took office), who may rue the name of President Obama for decades, while almost as many inside the US will rue the name Eric Holder for the perceived damage to the position he has done.

A man whose whose name its fair to say is not well known outside of the US, but whose impact may trickle down into a fractured society for some years to come.

2 comments:

  1. We would hope that Eric Holder was appointed despite his colour not because of it. In any case, whether it be Obama or Holder, criticism of his performance should no more weigh on his colour than on his sex, or his lack of a beard, or whether he's a hat wearer or not.

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    1. The feeling in the USA is that Pres.Obama specifically picked Mr Holder because he was black, and to allow him to say and do things about racial matters that as President he couldn't ...including attempts to 'right the historical wrongs that Obama and Holder would have experienced in the1960's and 1970's. Little might have been said about all this except that Mr Holder apparently undertook actions which displayed a racial bias and upset many.

      Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” while Mr Holder said after investigations showed that the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia had been practising voter fraud ~ they had dressed in military fatigues and wielding clubs - threatened voters at a Philadelphia polling station. They denounced the voters as “crackers” and vowed those voters would not be allowed to help defeat then-candidate Barack Obama ~ "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, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate .. to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people" ('my people' not being all 'Americans', but just 'Black Americans').

      He has also been accused by the Washington Times columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner of being of being a race baiter following his testimony to the House Appropriations subcommittee about this incident. He pointed out that as the top law enforcement officer in the US. His duty to his office is to 'uphold the law and apply it fairly and equally to everyone - regardless of race'. That he should be 'colorblind', at least in the performance of his duties. But that by his own words, 'my people', he had shown he was unfit for the position. He concluded that Mr Holder is a 'racial tribalist' for whom a persons race trumped the administration of justice, and that in using such loaded terms he sounded more 'like the grand wizard of a black Ku Klux Klan'.

      Heres a few more memorable quotes from Mr Holder, which suggest that his appointment had a race agenda ....

      “If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label.

      "…[To critics that say there's an] activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.”

      In a speech celebrating 'Black History Month' at the Justice Department the nation remains "voluntarily socially segregated."

      "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," ... this accusation of cowardice went down very badly with those Americans who didn't vote for Obama (and by extension Mr Holder).

      Mr Holder seemingly made no bones about the colour of 'my people', the President and himself being a driving factor in how he performed his duties.

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