Holder dodges, fumes, talks about “my people” during subcommittee hearing

Posted by: ST on March 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Politico reports on a heated exchange today between our derelict US Attorney General Eric Holder and Republicans during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing:

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, 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,” said Holder, who is black.

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In a series of questions and comments earlier in the hearing, Culberson insisted that race had infected the decision-making process. “There’s clearly overwhelming evidence that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African-Americans to vote,” the Texas Republican said. “There’s a double standard here.”

“This Department of Justice does not enforce the law on the basis of race,” Holder insisted.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Democrat from Philadelphia, said the Black Panthers “should not have been there.” But he said the GOP was making too much out of a fleeting incident involving a couple of people.

“The most unethical thing a person can do is make allegations based on absolutely nothing,” Fattah said. “The only issue of race is singling out this particular decision…That this rises to national significance is bogus on its face.”

I’m sure Rep. Fattah would say and believe the same thing had it been, say, a couple of white supremacists standing in front of a polling place with batons in their hands. Um hmm. I should point out that Fattah once ran for Philadelphia mayor but came under intense verbal fire over his expressed belief that convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. So, needless to say, his judgment is, er, questionable – to put it nicely.

In fact, we all know that there would not only have been national news media saturation of this case (helped along eagerly by left wing bloggers, pundits, and other associated talking heads) had it involved two white people, but it would have turned into an international affair, with the Euro-media and other babbling elites overseas “still wondering” how “racism” could still persist so strongly in light of the fact that the United States elected its first black President, who was supposed to be a “post-racial” President, two years ago ….

For the real story on the DOJ’s stonewalling on the issue of preferential treatment for Holder’s “people”, click here.

Phineas butts in: ST and I were on the same wavelength with this one.

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  1. ron8072 says:

    “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 (sic), 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,” said Holder, who is black.

    I suppose, according to Holder, we need a Civil Rights Movement 2011, then to counter the actions of the New Black Panther Party in 2008 and going forward. Wouldn’t it have been better for blacks if someone “nipped it in the bud” sometime before the sixties? Maybe there is something else going on here, maybe Holder thinks it only fair for non-Democrats to suffer civil rights abuses for say 80 or 90 years? Notice I didn’t say whites, I wouldn’t want anyone to say I was racist.

  2. bryn says:

    You have to wonder exactly what penalty would have been imposed on these individuals if the DOJ had simply let the default judgment stand. I’m guessing 6 months probation, but that is a complete guess.

  3. Dee says:

    Racist is RACIST no matter your skin color! Holder using what happened to “his people” in the south as an excuse is just as bad as me dressing in Klanwear & standing outside a black community center. His words show that HE is a RACIST; and as such, cannot be our attorney general. BTW, I have no intention of wearing, nor do I own any white sheets of the pointed variety! Just sayin’

  4. PE says:

    Does Lindsey Graham know about this?

  5. Aarradin says:

    Clearly, on matters of Race, Holder has proven himself to be a coward.

    You’re right to highlight the “my people” comment, that speaks volumes about how completely unsuited he is to holding any position of responsibility in government. He’s the Attorney General of the United States and he has the mindset of legal counsel for the NAACP. In his mind, he and ‘his people’ are Africans first and only, due to circumstances beyond his control, reluctant Americans second.

    I couldn’t conceive of an American of caucasian descent making a similar comment or even thinking in similar ways to Holder.

    He clearly doesn’t get it. This is America. You’re supposed to treat everyone the same. Especially when you’re in a position of power. Instead, he’s abusing his position to loot the federal treasury for his preferred victim group, based solely on Race. The Pigford scandal is far worse than the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

  6. thomas mc donnell says:

    sister toldjah anti-white racism has been practice by people in the civil rights division of the (IN)justice dept. at least since jimmy carter was president. the lawyers that work there have always felt it was their job to oppress white people. anyone involved in an affirmative action suit knows the comtempt they have for white people.

  7. Sefton says:

    I’m more inclined to believe the testimony of J. Christian Adams, former DOJ attorney: [some people in the DOJ] “argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it ‘payback time.’”

    The thing is, Holder has an affinity for terrorists regardless of color (see his history of vetting the pardons during the Clinton administration), but his own words convict him of racism – on issues of race we are essentially a “nation of cowards”; the New Black Panther case was a “made-up controversy”; the Pigford scandal; his admitting that hate crimes legislation should tend towards affecting only those who have a history of oppression (a statement made by Holder to Senator Sessions and confirmed by Adams’ quote above); etc.

    The DOJ Web site states: “If you know of activities that intimidate, coerce, threaten, or oppress voters based on race, color, religion, or national origin, please contact the Criminal Section.”

    I suspect Holder is aware of this. I just think he’s as crooked and dishonest as the man who appointed him.
    And as Aarradin mentioned, a coward.

  8. mike191 says:

    The scale of liberty is not balanced under Mr. Holder.

  9. Moira says:

    Reality check for Eric Holder: As the U.S. Attorney General, “your people” are the American people, white and black. Your job, Mr. Holder is not to decide which race gets justice and which one doesn’t but to apply the law equally and fairly. As Sister pointed out, Holder and Fattah would be the first ones to condemn a couple of neo-Nazi skinheads in paramilitary clothing, brandishing a weapon and intimidating voters and poll watchers. They would prosecute the offenders to the fullest extent and lecture “white America” in general about the evils of racism. But because we’re talking about the Black Panthers, voter intimidation and violation of election laws is merely “inappropriate.”

    It’s a self-serving, intellectually dishonest tactic they used by comparing the situation in Philadelphia with slavery and segregation. It’s like trivializing a mugging or a rape by telling the victim “It’s not big deal…what’s a mugging or rape compared to the Holocaust?”

    The fact of the matter is that Holder and his syncophants in the DoJ aren’t interested in protecting the rights of all citizens. They do make decisions based on race, which is a violation of their responsibilities and could be described as a “racist” policy. In fact, by promoting different rules for different people based on skin color they are remarkably reminiscent of the very ’60s-era segregationists they still complain about.

  10. John Bibb says:

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    Pretty obvious who Holder and his Department of (social) Justice represent. Not all Americans equally regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. And I’m sure he knows that Black People–by definition–can’t be racist. Only White People can.
    ***
    His house of (race) cards will come tumbling down around his ears in Jan. 2013 as he packs up and gets out of Dodge. Racism comes in all skin colors. And the majority of the people won’t stand for it anymore–not from anyone.
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    Rocketman
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  11. Is it time yet? Can we begin recall / impeachment proceedings against Holder yet?

    If not, what will it take? How much more (DOMA, NBPP, Pigford) can we take?

    Why are we paying taxes to support an Attorney General who will not support us?

  12. Dave Dooling says:

    Would Rep. Fattah be as dismissive of a fleeting incident involving a couple of Klansmen in Philadelphia, Mississippi? No, and neither should anyone else. Neither she nor Holder should be dismissive of what the NBP did in Philadelphia, PA, or by anyone in any state to intimidate voters. Holder’s allusion to blacks in the 1960s is veiled approval of tit-for-tat and lowers him and his department to the level of those who denied voting rights to blacks in the 1960s. It pushes the U.S. judicial system towards Third World thuggery.

  13. Carlos says:

    Everyone here is assuming that by “my people” Holder was referring to blacks/African Americans. How quaint.

    “His people” is referring to the criminal, thuggish street gangs that are his ‘hood background. Race doesn’t matter a whit to him, just ask him. It’s whether a brother thug is being targeted, that’s the real question here.

    If it weren’t so serious, this entire surreal comic/clown administration would make it into the Cosmic Hall of Laughable Fame.

  14. your mama says:

    Now just imagine if some one on the right said something like that about”his people in a meeting.
    The double standard is mind boggling.