- Aug. 20, 2014: The Anti Riot Act. One more law unenforced by the Obama administration.
- Jun. 1, 2014: A Most Successful President
- Apr. 29, 2014: DoJ spending millions to manufacture race grievances
Holder reflects an entire administration that is filled with arrogant bullies who are constantly spoiling for a fight. (Matt Towery)
In an August 2013 interview, former Department of Justice Civil Rights lawyer and whistle blower J Christian Adams exposed Holder’s DoJ as a political cesspool maintained by progressives. Here is a small part of what he had to offer:
“One of the things I was brought in there to do was to simply be objective and neutral, but see, that’s high heresy. They don’t want people who are objective and neutral. They want people who are part of the orthodoxy, so during the Bush administration, a very small number of people were brought in and it was like an anti-body in the system. The left went absolutely wild. They had congressional hearings. They could not abide by people who were willing to enforce the law to protect everybody.”
What Adams exposed in this interview was institutionalized racism. This progressive insanity did not begin with Eric Holder to be sure – but he has done nothing to reverse the trend, either – he’s made it worse. (Evidence of Eric Holder’s racism isn’t hard to find – all you really have to do is put your favorite search engine to work.)
Above: J. Christian Adams’ presentation during the panel discussion “ObamaGate: Obama’s Scandals & the Totalitarian Future,” which took place at the Freedom Center’s 2013 Restoration Weekend. The event was held November 14th-17th at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Following Holder’s “Nation of cowards” speech, award-winning novelist Larrey Anderson wrote:
Sorry, Mr. Holder, it isn’t cowardice that keeps Americans from discussing racism — it is the fact that there is nothing to talk about. The racist America that you are talking about started to disappear at least thirty years ago.
There are, of course, certain communities in this country that have been deliberately and continually segregated by people like you. In these communities people eat, drink, and breathe racism.
It is a shame that racism still exists in this country. But the Eric Holders, the Jesse Jacksons, the Al Sharptons, and the Barack Obamas of the world are keeping this issue alive. Mr. Holder, the shame and the cowardice of racism belong to you… (Anderson, Larrey. Racism, Eric Holder, my Son and Me, American Thinker, Feb. 23, 2009)
The Department of Justice recently brought suit against the State of Louisiana’s school choice law – and provided a classic example of the DoJ’s institutionalized racism under Eric Holder. Here’s Breitbart:
To understand the failure of public education in this country, one must first understand that the entire system is designed for the benefit of the adults who work in it. Union dues from people working in the system are funneled into lobbying and campaign contributions to the very legislators setting the rules of the system. As a result, the entire political system is biased against reform of public education.
Sometimes, however, the need for reform is so manifest that even these local obstacles can be overcome. Under the Obama Administration, however, opponents of reform have the ultimate “trump card.” The Feds. Late this week, the Department of Justice filed a federal suit(1) against Louisiana’s school choice law. Eric Holder’s office argues that allowing kids in failing public schools to attend better-performing private schools would work against its “goal” of achieving the proper racial balance in schools.
This is about as clear an example as you’re going to get. A Louisiana child’s educational opportunities must take a back seat to the DoJ’s enforced racism, even if it means that the child is forced to attend an inferior institution.
Victor Davis Hanson suggests a source for this sort of government-inspired racism:
But Obama changed that calculus and equated his own popularity with a referendum on racial harmony. The result is a creeping racial polarization that we have not seen in fifty years. The president weighed in against the police in the Professor Gates psychodrama, and de facto against George Zimmerman, a defendant in the Trayvon Martin shooting. But he remained mute about the growing targeting of Jews in the faddish and mostly African-Americangame of knock-out. Eric Holder called the nation racial “cowards” and referred to blacks as “my people” (whose people does the attorney general of the United States think whites, Asians, and Latinos belong to)? The president has talked of “typical white people” and “punishing our enemies” — so much for race being incidental and not essential to our characters. (“Learning through Pain”)
Conservative blogger Mychal Massie reinforceds the connection between Barack Obama and the racism now inherent within Holder’s Department of Justice in his second letter to the President, in which he wrote:
Over seven months ago, I sent you a request for the appointment of a special prosecutor to quickly and impartially investigate how and why charges were dropped against members of the New Black Panther Party. These men were accused of engaging in voter intimidation on Election Day 2008.
During the time that I have not been dignified with a reply, the problem has continued and festered to a point where perceptions of racial bias within your Justice Department cannot be ignored.
We are now at a crossroads where further inaction on your part can only be interpreted as silent support – something that will undoubtedly taint the legacy of your presidency.
Massie also holds that “Obama wants racial violence and race-based animosity,” a belief we share. I recommend his blog, The Daily Rant.
Inciting a riot is against the law. Crossing state lines to incite riots exacerbates the violation of the law breaking. Yet the President and the Attorney General don’t mention this law-breaking. We begin to see where exactly the allegiances of Obama and Holder really reside.
To call for calm is not to say “We will arrest and prosecute if you break the law.” Instead we get the “let no crisis go to waste” lateral move that we must examine our criminal justice system. [...]
The proof is for all to see. The New Black Panthers once again are not prosecuted at the choice of federal authorities. (Recall Philadelphia polling incident.) Need we mention who those authorities are?
Add in the “Revolution Club” of Chicago…yes Chicago, that makes the trip down to Ferguson. In their full regalia these inciters ply their trade unafraid of legal consequences. (Keep reading…)
Update: Jun. 1, 2014: A Most Successful President
Obama has been particularly astute at dividing this country. The tension among races is palpable. The phony war on women is a constant drone that stops any rational conversation based on logic, reason, and sheer evidence. How do I know? Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports sharia, the most misogynistic law on the face of the planet. His gay supporters need to see the hanging of their gay brothers in the middle of the town square in Islamic-supported countries. His black supporters need to be reminded of the slavery that is thriving in these same countries. Instead, we find Obama and Eric Holder coddling Muslim jihadists while also exhibiting outright racism against white Americans.
This article demonstrates that the black grievance industry is alive and well in Holder’s DoJ – was there ever any doubt?
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is offering almost 5 million dollars to private groups who will be competing for grants to discover “racial disparities” in police stops, searches, and arrests across the United States. Based on the theory that every group behaves exactly the same when it comes to obeying laws, so differences must be due to bias, this colossal waste of money will only serve to stir up animosity, aggravating the very putative problem it is supposedly designed to ameliorate. Julia Edwards of Reuters reports:
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.
Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.
The political aim of this becomes clear when Holder’s words are examined:
Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to President Barack Obama’s call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
This is nonsense! Martin was NOT stopped by the police. The only rewlationship Martin has with the issue is that his death was also used to stir up black resentment. Of a “white Hispanic,” who, if his name were not Germanic, would have escaped any notoriety at all beyond Orlando. (Keep reading)
Update: Mar. 19, 2014: PA Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where Is Holder?
…a Pennsylvania Democrat won’t do anything about other corrupt Pennsylvania Democrats. But what about Eric Holder? After all, Holder has shown a tough-as-nails willingness to go after elected officials who accept gifts in exchange for official actions.
Just ask Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, who now faces multiple criminal charges for doing just that.
Justice Department prosecutors in the previous administration were perfectly willing to go after white Philadelphia politicians. Can the same be said of Eric Holder when black Democrats are caught on tape?
Update: Feb. 20, 2014: Civil rights commissioners condemn Holder’s decision to discipline students based on race (Finally; Two Bureaucrats with balls!)
…two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights are denouncing the policy favored by President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. [...]
According to Heriot and Kirsanow, the Obama administration’s legal position is wrong. So long as rules are written to be even-handed, they do not violate federal law, even if they result in students of some races being disciplined more frequently than others.
“[Federal law] prohibits only actual discrimination, not neutral policies that have a disparate impact,” they wrote.
Heriot and Kirsanow also advised that the federal government’s instructions to schools would result in chaos, regardless of whether they were legal or not.
I’m pretty sure that Eric Holder begins each and every day with a meeting where he and his team sit around brainstorming new ways to call Americans racist. If you support the 2nd Amendment, you’re a racist. If you want to enforce the nation’s borders, you’re a racist. If you favor voter ID laws, you’re a racist. If you think it’s criminal to run guns to Mexico, you’re a racist. [...]
The Fast and Furious mastermind claims that laws which “disenfranchise felons” are a remnant of the racist 1800’s when Southern states were doing everything they could to keep blacks away from the ballot box. According to Holder, nothing much has changed. Obviously, voting rights are really only revoked as a way for the white majority to keep minorities from speaking their minds.
“Although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African-Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable,” he said.
Clearly, the “racism” argument is hogwash. Whether you lean left or right, you’re probably smart enough to see how empty it is. If you’re a staunch lefty, you may not be willing to admit it but, deep down, you know the truth. The drive to allow felons at the polls is all about getting votes and swinging elections.
Update: Jan. 29, 2014: In Did D’Souza Hit a Nerve?, Richard Butrick examines Dinesh D’Souza’s theory that Barack Obama was motivated by anti-colonialism after D’Souza was charged with felony campaign finance violations. He really caught my interest when he turned his attention to Eric Holder:
What D’Souza does not explicitly bring out is the racist mentality that is the driving force and justification for colonialism: the “take up the white man’s burden” mentality. His thesis becomes even stronger when the racist dimension behind colonialism is front and center. For that is what the anti-colonialist mind or post-anticolonialist mind sees as still being the driving force behind most of the world’s ills — at least those at are policy correctable.
Now add in the actions of his enforcer-in-chief, Holder.
(1) Low rate of Black home ownership? Racist banks.
(2) High rate of Black unemployment? Racist hiring practices.
(3) High rate of Black high school dropouts? Racist high school disciplinary practices.
(4) Income inequality of Black and Hispanics? Racist, exclusionary corporate culture.
(5) Turmoil in the Middle East? Hatred of the US? Orientalism, imperialism, colonialism, jingoism – aka racism.
(6) and now the Obama administration, led by Holder, has decided that Islam is a race. Therefore to examine or even to adduce a Muslim’s Islamic beliefs about jihad, beheading, violence against kuffar (“infidels”), or re-establishing a caliphate is tantamount to racism
The blame-racism mindset also explains how the President listens politely to learned disquisitions from counselors and experts about the economy, foreign policy and domestic policy, but is hardly more than mildly bemused. He tolerates lesser minds and their take on problems besetting the US and the nations of the world. He will listen politely to theories of business cycles and money supply and the complexities of Mideast politics and Black unemployment but he knows what the real problem is: racism. Racism in all its transformations, reincarnations and disguises.
Update: Jan. 14, 2014: Classroom Punishment Should Be Based on Race
Will discipline be regulated by numbers of minority students being disciplined instead of behavior and will minority students escape discipline? Having served as a school administrator for three decades, I can tell you it will or school administrators will face endless lawsuits, threats of firing and even arrests in some cases.
Eric Holder, law enforcement, head of the DOJ, while addressing zero tolerance, is usurping the power of school administrators by strongly advising schools how to handle discipline.
Update: Jan. 14, 2014: Thomas Sowell: Politics Versus Education
Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department’s latest interventions in education…
The truly despicable intervention by Attorney General Holder is his warning to schools against discipline policies that result in a higher proportion of minority students than white students being punished…
There is a lot of make-believe when it comes to racial issues, whether out of squeamishness, political correctness or expediency. There is also a lot of deliberate racial polarization, and attempts to promote a sense of grievance and fear among black voters, in order to keep their votes in the Democrats’ column.
What makes this playing politics with school discipline so unconscionable is that a lack of discipline is one of the crushing handicaps in many ghetto schools. If 10 percent of the students in a classroom are disruptive, disrespectful and violent, the chances of teaching the other 90 percent effectively are very low.
Yet, in the words of the New York Times, “The Obama administration speaks out against zero tolerance discipline.” It quotes Attorney General Holder and says that he was “on the mark” when he said that a “routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct.”
In other words, Eric Holder, sitting in Washington, knows better than the thousands of people who run public schools across the country what kinds of sanctions are necessary to preserve some semblance of order in the classrooms, so that hoodlums do not make the education of their classmates impossible.
Update: Jan. 10, 2014: The Holder Effect – Author Russ Vaughn explores the impact of the Department of Justice’s institutionalized racism, and how it has impacted the “Polar Bear Hunting / Knockout Game” phenomenon:
For instance, when they are forced to cover this offense, they still will not use the actual name of Polar Bear Hunting because of its all too obvious racial implications. Unable to ignore it any longer, they play it down — especially the racial aspects of it, because that may put our black president, his black attorney general, and all those black and liberal white lawyers in Holder’s civil rights division in a bad light because they aren’t investigating what appears to be serial hate crime.
Which of course is true; our president is silent on what is a matter of growing public concern primarily among white Americans, who constitute, to date, all but one of the victims of this criminal game. That he remains silent when it is a particularly supportive and primarily Democrat demographic, white Jewish Americans, who appear to be the most at-risk group, offers even greater testament that the Obama administration and the Holder justice department are deliberately disinclined to prosecute hate crimes where blacks are the perpetrators and whites are the victims. Jewish Democrats should take heed of this policy where race trumps ideological loyalty.
Update: Jan. 8, 2014: In his “3 Reasons Why the Radical Anti-Discipline Policies at DOJ Will Outlast the Obama Era,” author J. Christian Adams argues that Holder’s discriminatory policies will continue after Holder is gone.
Today the Drudge Report covers the Justice Department’s racialist attack on school discipline policies. The DOJ policy is based on the idea that school discipline policies are racially discriminatory because black students comprise a greater percentage of students disciplined than their percentage in the general population. Call it exceeding the bad-behavior quota.
That this four-year-old federal policy exists wasn’t news. I covered it in my 2011 book Injustice. What is newsworthy is how these radical racialist education policies will outlast the Obama administration, and Republicans are ill-equipped to reverse it even if they win the White House. [...]
Republicans in Congress have shown minimal skill in stopping these radical racialist programs. Instead of defunding the components of the DOJ that perpetrate these lawless policies, they continue to vote for spending resolutions and budgets that fuel them.
And even if the GOP takes control of the Justice Department in 2017, it will take an attorney general willing to roll up his or her sleeves and clean out the mess inside the Civil Rights Division that is fueling these nutty and lawless policies. Only a few GOP figures understand the scope of the problem and have the courage to correct it. Among them are people like Representatives Louie Gohmert and Trey Gowdy and Senators Jeff Sessions and John Cornyn.
Update: Jan. 7, 2014: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Lawyer to Obama’s Justice Department
President Obama’s nominee to be the nation’s top civil rights enforcer is a race-obsessed lawyer who tried to permanently free unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
This radical so-called civil rights lawyer, Debo Adegbile, was until fairly recently head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Like Attorney General Eric Holder, Adegbile is a staunch affirmative action supporter and doesn’t appear to believe that white Americans are entitled to civil rights protection. …
It’s yet another nomination to high federal office in which Obama isn’t even trying to conceal his anti-American radicalism. “Obama’s nominee process involves finding the worst person on earth for that job or any job,” as Daniel Greenfield observes. “It’s a process that never fails.”
Update: Dec. 31, 2013: Eric Holder’s knockout game
Justice is anything but blind at the agency run by Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. For weeks, the Justice Department refused to acknowledge the existence of the “knockout game” everyone was talking about. The object of the knockout game is to randomly assault a stranger on the street and render him unconscious with a single punch. The knockouts appear to carry extra “street cred” if captured on a cellphone and the video is posted online.
The Justice Department finally discovered the game Thursday with the announcement that it had brought federal hate-crime charges against a man who played the game in Fulshear, Texas, west of Houston. Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, a white man from Katy, Texas, is charged with striking a 79-year-old black man, breaking his jaw and dislodging three teeth. The assailant recorded the attack and, being not very bright as well as being particularly mean and vicious, showed his video to a white couple he met in a restaurant. They called the cops.
Mr. Holder’s crack agents, having finally found an assailant who, unlike nearly all the other knockout artists, is white, vowed to do something. “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” says Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney in Houston. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted … to the fullest extent of the law.” In other incidents of the knockout game, the suspects were black, the victims white. Mr. Holder’s campaign to stamp out this vicious street crime would be more persuasive if his prosecutions were evenhanded and consistent, not selective
Update: Dec. 30, 2013: A Hate Crime in Texas
Why did Attorney General Holder choose to file hate crime charges against a white man in Texas for allegedly playing the Knockout Game against a black man?
And the biggest question of all: When will public officials and the media stop ignoring — and denying — the black mob violence and black on white crime that exists exponentially out of proportion?
Update: Dec. 27, 2013: The DOJ’s Curious Foray into the ‘Knockout Game’ Fray
Although there have been several incidents in which it would seem apparent that racial hate was a motivating factor—especially when one considers that other nicknames used to the describe the knockout game are “polar bearing” or “Get the Jew”—an extensive Internet search by this writer failed to turn up a single other incident where the U.S. Department of Justice pursued hate crime charges against anyone allegedly involved in the knockout game.
Not that it would have been impossible to do so. As New York City Police have noted, there have been eight knockout game attacks in Brooklyn, some of which are being investigated as hate crimes by city authorities. All of the suspects are black teens. Twenty-eight-year-old Amrit Marajh was actually charged with harassment as a hate crime by New York authorities for punching a 24-year-old Orthodox Jew. [...]
“The ‘knockout game’—and the media underreporting of it—combines the breakdown of the family with the media’s condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks,” contends black American columnist Larry Elder. Elder points out that both National Public Radio and the New York Times have labeled such incidents as overblown. He further notes that, following an incident where 30-40 black youths and adults attacked three white girls in Long Beach, CA—with eyewitnesses reporting the mob yelling, “We hate white people, f*** whites!” as it occurred—NPR didn’t report the incident for a month. When they did, it was used to question “whether blacks, given America’s history of racism, can even commit a ‘hate crime,” Elder explained.
Americans would be disturbed to learn how those in charge of the DOJ would answer the above question.
For instance, upon taking office, former head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, declared that the department’s mission would be to focus on legal activism on behalf of minority groups, including illegal immigrants, “people of color” and Muslims, among others. As Byron York wrote of Perez’s appointment at the time:
“He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use “disparate impact theory” to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change. He is even considering a crackdown on Web sites on the theory that the Internet is a ‘public accommodation’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Update: Nov. 14, 2013: House Republicans to try to impeach U.S. Attorney General Holder
Reuters: Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.
“This was not a decision that I made lightly. Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued,” Texas Representative Pete Olson, who drafted the articles, said in a statement provided to Reuters on Wednesday.
“The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”
Kudos to Representative Olson – it’s about damned time that Congress took steps to expose Holder for the corrupt thug he is.
Update: Nov. 11, 2013: Eric Holder, Hate Crimes and Double Standards
There are plenty of recent cases of race-based violence that Holder can choose from. A sampling:In Brooklyn a few weeks ago, ten black people surrounded a car, then beat the two white occupants, a husband and wife. They even called them racial names, as in “Get those crackers” and “get that white whore.” All in front of witnesses in the middle of the day.[...]
In New Haven, a few days before that, 500 black people attending a party called “An All Black Affair,” destroyed property and rioted in a downtown restaurant. Then outside. Then in two more restaurants. Not only are there no hate crime charges, New Haven police did not arrest anyone for anything during these rampages.
Update: Oct. 8, 2013: Eric Holder’s 2014 Racial Politics
It’s telling that Mr. Holder prefers to file lawsuits rather than take up the Supreme Court’s invitation to modernize the Voting Rights Act for current racial conditions. The Congressional Black Caucus has said it is working on a new formula for preclearance, but such legislative labor doesn’t get the headlines that lawsuits against GOP-run states do.
All the evidence suggests that Mr. Holder’s real motive here is political. Portraying voter ID laws as racist helped to drive Democratic voter turnout among minorities in 2012, and the White House wants a repeat in 2014. Never mind if the suits eventually fail in court. The goal is to elect more Democrats in the meantime, even if it means needlessly increasing racial polarization.
A Democratic congressman railed against a “right-wing conspiracy” of outside campaign spending and said that voter ID laws could have prevented Barack Obama’s presidency during a 2012 event in which the IRS coached black ministers in how to engage in campaign activity.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina and member of the CBC, used openly partisan rhetoric in his remarks before the convened black ministers, discussing a “right-wing conspiracy” and condemning voter ID laws that he claimed could have jeopardized Obama’s election to the White House.
“It is a fundamental precept that cabinet members should not engage in political activities. The most important of those cabinet members would be the attorney general of the United States. To have the attorney general actively advising political allies of the president showed remarkably poor judgment on his part,” Turley told TheDC.
“I believe this session undermined the integrity of the justice department, signaled to other Justice Department officials that the attorney general wants to support these black ministries as much as possible,” Turley said.
Update: Sept. 7, 2013: In 2012, IRS & DOJ Aided Pro-Obama Nonprofits
The IRS outrages just continue.
During the 2012 election season — when conservative groups were being targeted and GOP donors were being audited and just being a GOP donor meant heightened scrutiny from the IRS — Obama-friendly nonprofits, including black churches and black nonprofits, were regaled with special advice from the agency on how far they could participate in politics campaigning for the President and other Democrats, according to Paul Sperry writing in IBD.
What’s more, it wasn’t just top officials at the IRS who were meeting, for example, with black churches — it was also top officials at Eric Holder’s Justice Department. (Feel more confident about the DOJ’s claims it has the capacity to investigate IRS abuses fairly?)
Update: Sept. 3, 2013: The Feds’ Assault on School Choice
The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division appears to be the epicenter for aggressive federal action. The office’s education section is led by Anurima Bhargava, formerly a top lawyer at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Bhargava, a Harvard College graduate, is a polished advocate, couching her views in innocent-sounding language. “We are facing a severe educational crisis, and it’s not the time to be taking tools off the table,” she told NPR, defending a program in Lousiville, Ky., that sent white students to a failing school an hour away to maintain the percentages of black students in a given school.
Update: Sep. 1, 2013: Justice Department bids to trap poor, black children in ineffective schools
NINE OF 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools are black. All are poor and, if not for the state assistance, would be consigned to low-performing or failing schools with little chance of learning the skills they will need to succeed as adults. So it’s bewildering, if not downright perverse, for the Obama administration to use the banner of civil rights to bring a misguided suit that would block these disadvantaged students from getting the better educational opportunities they are due. (Washington Post)
It pleases me to note that in early April, 2014, a US District Court judge issued an order slapping down Holder’s request for veto power over school-choice scholarships awarded to students by the state of Louisiana. Mr. Holder cannot, happily, create and enforce his own racist lawlessness.
Update: Aug. 30, 2013: The Department of Injustice
In what is especially ironic for its timing 50 years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Department of Justice (DOJ) last week sued to block poor black children in Louisiana from using school vouchers to attend a good school. The reason: their leaving failing schools upset the racial balance of those schools, depriving all students “of their right to a desegregated educational experience.”
First, almost all of the 8,000 students using vouchers are black, so it’s absurd to argue that they discriminate against minorities. As Louisiana state superintendent of schools John White said of the suit, “it would be laughable if not being so tragic for the families.”
Update: Aug. 28, 2013: EDITORIAL: Crushing school choice
The White House has taken Louisiana’s poorest schoolchildren and crushed their hopes for a better future. Citing rules meant to end racism, the Justice Department last week asked a federal judge in New Orleans to slam shut the door on minority kids, ensuring they remain trapped in failing schools.
In 2008, Louisiana set up a scholarship program giving any student from a low-income family a chance to attend a private school that promises a better education. It’s a color-blind system, but the beneficiaries are overwhelmingly minority. The Justice Department insists that families in 34 of Louisiana’s worst school systems must never have a chance to take advantage of the program. Those school systems remain under desegregation orders left over from the 1970s, and the racial bean-counters in the Obama administration argue that school choice impedes the “desegregation process.”
Update: Aug. 28, 2013: Obama’s War on Black Education
And now through his Justice Department, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are again seeking to restrict poorer, inner-city black families to under-performing inner-city schools. In 2008 Louisiana lawmakers approved a voucher program for low-income New Orleans students who were in failing schools. The “Louisiana Scholarship Program” (later expanded statewide) allows children in school districts graded C, D or F to receive public money to attend private schools. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public school students.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) called the action “shameful” and said President Obama and A.G. Holder “are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools against the wishes of their parents.” In a news release he added,
“The Obama administration thinks parents should have to seek their approval [to] send their child to a school of [the parent's] choice. After generations of being denied a choice, parents finally can choose a school for their child, but now the federal government is stepping in to prevent parents from exercising this right. Shame on them.”
State Education Superintendent John White told the Times-Picayune that almost all the students using vouchers are black and also said it’s ironic that rules established to combat racism were being called on to keep black students in failing schools.
Author Erik Rush takes on the racial politics of both President Obama and Eric Holder in his new book on racial politics, “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America’s Racial Obsession.”
Lady Justice may be blindfolded, but the Department of Justice is operating with eyes wide open in its repeated refusals to prosecute crimes where the defendant is black and the victim is white, as a former Justice Department whistleblower recently testified.
“As reflected by the actions of the Obama-Holder Justice Department in the New Black Panther Party case, it is now clear that this is a racist president and a racist administration,” says Rush. “We are bearing witness to an instance of racism and racial double standard on the part of this president and his administration that surpasses the surreal.” [...]
“To progressives and the establishment press, the contention that our president and this administration are racists is practically incomprehensible – but this is precisely the case,” says Rush. “This atrocity is abject racism. President Obama’s overt antiwhite, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments have been painfully evident to some observers, and suspected by others for some time.”(2)
In a bizarre twist so common among liberals, Holder himself accused his critics of racist motivations during a New York Times interview in December of 2012. When asked by The Daily Caller to provide evidence in support of Holder’s accusation, the Department of Justice could not. Holder’s use of the “more extreme segment” Straw Man was convenient, and shielded him from any need to support his own charge with something as trivial as, er, facts:
Holder said some unspecified faction — what he refers to as the “more extreme segment” — is driven to criticize both him and President Barack Obama due to the color of their skin. Holder did not appear to elaborate on who he considered to make up the “more extreme segment.” (5)
Holder’s racism led the Washington Times to call for his resignation early in 2011, calling him “a disgrace to his office and to his country.” (6)
Blogger “Marooned in Marin” reminds us that when presidential candidate Ross Perot referred to “you people” during a 1992 speech, Willie Clark, president of the N.A.A.C.P. branch in San Bernadino, California, said:
“When he said ‘you people’ or ‘your people,’ it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull,” he said. “It’s something white folks have used when they don’t want to call you nigger, but they don’t want to treat you like an equal.”
For some strange reason, the N.A.A.C.P. has not commented on Mr. Holder’s use of the same phrase. Apparently, Holder’s racism is okay, but Mr. Perot’s was not.
“Marooned in Marin” concluded: “Excuse me, Mister Holder, but you’re supposed to represent ALL of the American people, not just “my people.” Did you ever hear of something called the 14th Amendment? It says something in there about “equal protection under the law.” (3) Indeed – but under Holder’s DoJ, “some animals are more equal than others.”
Former Republican Congressman Allen West said that Attorney General Eric Holder’s use of the race card as a way to attack his critics was reprehensible.
“I think this is absolutely the last card in the deck, and that shows how weak their ground is,” West said in a phone interview. “But, what that means is they want to make white individuals afraid of continuing to put the pressure on Eric Holder because they don’t want to be seen as racist, and that is something that we have got to move beyond.”(4)
David Leeper, writing in the Western Free Press(7), disputed the claim that Holder is a racist, defining him as a “racialist:”
Attorney General Eric Holder is a racialist. In fact, he is a professional racialist.
Note that I am not calling Holder a racist. That’s different. A racist is a person who believes there are significant differences in abilities or character among people of different races, attributes those differences directly to race, and almost always believes that his own race is somehow superior to other races. That’s not Holder.
A racialist, on the other hand, as the term is used here, believes that racism is itself the primary driving force of events, behaviors, and outcomes in all societies. Anywhere there is a perceived injustice or inequality of outcomes, a racialist looks first to racism as the underlying cause. To an avid racialist, any other contributing factor is either subordinate or is itself tied to racism in some other form at some other time or place.*
Eric Holder is well known for his claim that we’re a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race, for his documented race-biased pursuit of justice in the DOJ, and for his recent sniveling whimper that Congressional calls for his resignation over Fast and Furious are race-based. Through these behaviors, and because of his position as US Attorney General, Holder is a quintessentialprofessional racialist.
[...] professional racialists variously use race as the basis for earning a living, making speeches, writing articles, winning elections, and determining policy. Their worldview is grounded in the notion that racism, specifically white racism, explains virtually all of society’s political and economic ills. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are perhaps the most visible, but other prominent professional racialists are Cornel West, Alan Johnson, Michael Eric Dyson, and Tim Wise.
Racialists, professional or not, use “racism” as their ever-ready trump card, instantly putting their target on the defensive. It works. The epithet racist is nasty and cutting, with an ugly sound that calls to mind Ku Kluxers, black-and-white images of 1950′s police with barking dogs, water cannons, and state governors (all Democrats, by the way) blocking the entrance of African Americans to public schools.
Old-fashioned virulent racism is all but gone now, and good riddance. But the Left is fairly teeming with racialists and racialism. Some professionals, like Jackson and Sharpton, owe their livelihood — indeed their whole raison d’être — to sniffing out and spottingperceived racism as if they were some sort of cultural pointer dogs. In fact, with old-time virulent racism so rare, these professional racialists have had to purposefully extend the definition of racism to include race-blindness.
Referring to Holder’s treatment of George Zimmerman, Ben Stein wrote:
It terrifies me that a man with the power of Eric Holder can use an explicitly racist, anti-white approach to a complex case that is itself a sideshow.(8)
Rep. Gosar Highlights Holder’s Disregard For The Law Rule Of Law
Writing in the Canada Free Press, conservative author Arnold Ahlert made the case for Holder’s racism far more succinctly than I have:
And then there is Eric Holder. Holder, who runs the most racially polarized Justice Department in modern history, wasted no time burnishing his racialist credentials, telling Americans soon after he was confirmed in 2009 that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” In 2010, after being stonewalled by his own department, Christopher Coates, former voting chief for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, testified that Holder’s decision to drop an already-won voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party was due to “pressure” from the NAACP. Furthermore, he corroborated earlier testimony by J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ attorney, revealing that the DOJ cultivates a “hostile atmosphere” against “race-neutral enforcement” of the Voting Rights Act.
Holder also turned a blind eye when the Panthers offered a $10,000 bounty to capture George Zimmerman “dead or alive.” As for race-neutral enforcement of the the Voting Rights Act, as recently as yesterday Holder vowed to continue insisting that states “pre-clear” with the DOJ any changes to their voting laws. This represents nothing less than a determination to defy a recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively nullified his ability to do so. Texas is his current focus, but in a speech in Philadelphia, he promised that the decision to target the Lone Star State “will not be our last.” The motivation of this effort is clear: to portray red states and whites in general as abusive toward minority voters—as seeking to reinstitute “Jim Crow” through commonsense voter ID laws, as the Democratic Party propaganda goes.
This follows Holder’s decision to continue pursuing the possibility of civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, without a shred of evidence for doing so, making good on a promise he first made during an appearance at racial arsonist Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on April 11, 2012. After praising Sharpton “for your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill,” Holder made his intentions clear. “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action,” he warned. To that end, Holder has set up “tip lines” trolling for information he can use to prosecute Zimmerman. The “investigation” has now been ongoing for over a year.(9)
In Tangipahoa Parish, for instance, Independence Elementary School lost five white students to voucher schools, the petition states. The consequent change in the percent of enrolled white students “reinforc(ed) the racial identity of the school as a black school.”
<2> OBAMA, HOLDER BLISTERED FOR ‘RACISM’? (WND, July 7, 2010)
<3> Eric Holder: Racist (Marooned in Marin, March 02, 2011)
<4> Eric Holder blames Fast and Furious on racism, Rep. Allen West responds (Examiner, Dec. 19, 2011)
<5> Justice Dept. silent as Holder charges critics with racism (Daily Caller, Dec. 19, 2012)
<6> Eric Holder’s liberal racism (Washington Times, March 3, 2011)
Mr. Holder is a race baiter. On Tuesday, he testified during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the voting rights case involving members of the New Black Panther Party. In the 2008 election, Black Panthers – dressed in military fatigues and wielding a club – 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. Their goal was to bully and intimidate. This was a clear case of violation of voting rights. Such behavior may occur with impunity in banana republics – not in the world’s leading democracy.
Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, confronted the attorney general, demanding to know why the Justice Department refused to prosecute the Black Panthers – especially considering they were caught making the menacing gestures on tape. Mr. Holder shamelessly played the race card. He claimed to take offense at comments by civil rights activist Bartle Bull, who called it the most serious example of voter intimidation he had ever seen at the polls.
“When you compare whatpeople 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 … to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people,”Mr. Holder said.
Excuse me – his “people”? This is one of the most outrageous – and divisive – statements by a senior government official in recent memory. His people are and should be the American people – all of us.
<8> Feeling the Heat (Ben Stein, American Spectator, July 22, 2013)