White House now leaning on Eric Holder to play the role of racial healer?

posted at 9:21 am on August 20, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said that America was a “nation of cowards” when it came to the issue of race. He stood by that claim as recently as January when asked if the events of the intervening years had changed his opinion. This is a perfectly defensible position to hold, but one gets the impression that Holder is not scolding the nation for being afraid to discuss racial issues honestly but for being unwilling to embrace his preconceived conclusions on race.

On multiple occasions this year alone, the Attorney General of the United States has implied or stated outright that those who are politically opposed to both him and President Barack Obama are motivated by racial animus.

In April, delivering a speech to the annual convention of activist/cable news host Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the U.S. Attorney General denounced the “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive” rhetoric directed at Obama by Republicans. He further suggested that racism motivated some GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives who questioned him during a committee hearing with particular vigor.

“Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder remarked. “Had nothing to do with me, what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

In May, Holder echoed the claims of MSNBC’s “dog whistle” detectors, who derive their job security by being able to decode the veiled racism in words like “apartment” and “golf,” when he said that subtle – nearly undetectable – racism is a greater scourge than overt discrimination. In other words, the kinds of civil rights violations which the Attorney General is empowered to prosecute are of less relevance to America’s minorities than are the coded messages which are inexplicably only decipherable for the audience these Windtalker racists supposedly trying to avoid alerting.

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder said on ABC’s This Week in June when asked about Republican opposition to a Democratic administration. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

This recent history is perhaps why the White House’s determination that Holder is best suited to play the role of racial healer is especially vexing.

“After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into issues of race, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Missouri, as President Barack Obama’s top emissary,” CNN’s Evan Perez reported.

Reports have indicated that the White House no longer believes Barack Obama can heal racial divides when tense conflicts like those ongoing in Ferguson erupt. In fact, some administration officials reportedly believe that, at this stage of his presidency, Obama only exacerbates tensions. And perhaps Holder maintains a level of credibility among African-Americans that few others in this administration enjoy. That could certainly be an asset in his efforts to defuse the tensions in Missouri.

In an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, Holder wrote of trust lost, of the federal government’s obligation to this disgruntled community, and of the reforms necessary to forge a new path toward comity. He made no mention of the racial tensions which have characterized these last two weeks of unrest, and that is only likely to further enrage this administration’s supporters.

As Vox’s Ezra Klein noted, Obama’s supporters were not happy with the president’s failure to address the issue of race head-on when he spoke about Ferguson on Monday. “The president’s tone was clinical. His delivery was understated,” Klein wrote. “He seemed to be trying to avoid headlines.”

Based on Obama’s supporters’ dissatisfaction with the president’s approach to the situation in Ferguson, maybe Holder was the perfect figure to send to the area today.


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Great choice.////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Oh, I feel so much more at ease now that Holder is taking care of things!

Privatize It on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Holder is gonna be right in there with Sharpton and that Shabbaz character, stirring the pot.
Look real close at the faces in the crowd during the protests, bet you’ll see Holder’s face

Privatize It on August 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Yeah, send in Attila the Hun to kiss and make up …

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Just saw footage from last night’s riots on Fox showing some moron cop waving his M4 around at people chest height who were just standing around including the journalists recording it.

What the hell are they thinking?

UnstChem on August 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

“I’m hear to heal the racial divide by making sure you whiteys have more respect for my people.”

-Martin Luther Holder

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Was David Duke not available?

myiq2xu on August 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Asking Holder to do things he has not a bit of talent for!

DDoyle0224 on August 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I don’t understand why the federal government is even involved in a state and local law enforcement matter. How will this officer EVER get a fair trial with the DOJ’s racist, meddlesome manipulations?

Armyspouse on August 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

WH: “Anyone want to do this? — the President has other plans”

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Well, Michael Eric Dyson did say Holder was the “Moses” of our time…

/s

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The only reason Eric the withholder is still at the job is that wants to be in on all the pardons at the end of Zero’s term.

rik on August 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Well, Michael Eric Dyson did say Holder was the “Moses” of our time…

/s

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Then he can part the Mississippi and march his people to California.

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

…he said that subtle – nearly undetectable – racism is a greater scourge than overt discrimination.

Being not racist just proves you are more racist. Now there’s a really constructive point of view. No wonder race relations have improved so much over the last 6 years.

forest on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Seriously, can we just cough up the 40 acres and mule and get all this over with?

ButterflyDragon on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Yeah, Holder is a great choice to heal the racial divide. I mean, aside from him dropping the New Black Panther Case, illegally handing guns over to Mexican drug cartels, refusing to appoint a special prosecutor for the IRS scandal, taking Arizona to court over their illegal immigration laws, and fighting the implementation of voter ID laws. What a model citizen.

Doughboy on August 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This bit with sending Holder to calm the masses is very similar to the Zimmerman case. Recall he was making all types of statements about investigations and such prior to that trial. The feds didn’t little in that case. The reasonable doubt in that case was large enough to drive a truck through. I think we are seeing the same here. I think they will push hard for a county prosecution so that locals can take all the heat when Wilson is acquitted. The have a bigger problem here though. While some law enforcement may have sympathized with Zimmerman he isn’t one of them. Wilson is and was on the job.

Rocks on August 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Racial healing is NOT desired by any involved in this ClusterF.
They all want the head of Wilson on a platter, nothing less.

pambi on August 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said that America was a “nation of cowards” when it came to the issue of race. He stood by that claim as recently as January when asked if the events of the intervening years had changed his opinion. This is a perfectly defensible position to hold…

Would you please elaborate?

Akzed on August 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

The White House has been wrong on almost everything lately.

This time, too.

TimBuk3 on August 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Fair and independent investigation my left foot

cmsinaz on August 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Seriously, can we just cough up the 40 acres and mule and get all this over with?

ButterflyDragon on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Soon the mule would be dead and the 40 acres would look like a slum, and they would be demanding more from us because it was all our fault.

Mark1971 on August 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

…he said that subtle – nearly undetectable – racism is a greater scourge than overt discrimination.

Being not racist just proves you are more racist. Now there’s a really constructive point of view. No wonder race relations have improved so much over the last 6 years. forest on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

The first 99.9 lbs of manure is gotten out of a burlap sack rather easily. To get 100% of it out, you’ll end up destroying the sack: which therefore must be the goal.

Akzed on August 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

As Vox’s Ezra Klein noted…

Vox’s Ezra Klein has moved from Magical Negro Savior to Magical White Lady Savior and has abandoned his Obama for Hillary. In fact, he’d happily see her run against him.

Marcus on August 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Railroad a cop who was attacked by a freakishly enormous thug just moments after he roughed up a much smaller store clerk while robbing him. That’ll bring loads of racial healing.

Rational Thought on August 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Eric Holder said that America was a “nation of cowards…This is a perfectly defensible position to hold”

said the leftist tool

one gets the impression that Holder is…scolding the nation for being unwilling to embrace his preconceived conclusions on race. .

said the clueless leftist tool

Seriously Noah, where did you get this wacky idea?

signed,
Fox in the Henhouse with a big fat grin and a badge

Dolce Far Niente on August 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Holder is to Moses what Paul Rubens is to Charlton Heston.

Immolate on August 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Holder is not scolding the nation for being afraid to discuss racial issues honestly but for being unwilling to embrace his preconceived conclusions on race.

The more these people talk about racism the less I understand it!

2L8 on August 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Seriously, can we just cough up the 40 acres and mule and get all this over with?

ButterflyDragon on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I think we have, about one hundred times over. It’s not that money doesn’t flow into minority communities. It’s where it goes. Does it get spent on books, education, creating new businesses? Not so much.

RBMN on August 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I guess my comment went into moderation for using the “magical —–” term from the LA Times and popularized by Rush, so let me summarize:

As Vox’s Ezra Klein noted…

Vox’s Ezra Klein has abandoned the former, and moved on to the Magical White Lady Savior, Hillary.

Marcus on August 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The more these people talk about racism the less I understand it! 2L8 on August 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

It’s highly nuanced, only the best people understand it all, and they tend to go into govt bureaucracies where all the best people go.

Akzed on August 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

DOJ May Expand Ferguson Inquiry

Mr. Holder and top Justice Department officials were weighing whether to open a broader civil rights investigation to look at Ferguson’s police practices at large, according to law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks. The issue came up after news reports revealed a 2009 case in which a man said that four police officers beat him, then charged him with damaging government property — by getting blood on their uniforms.

Under Mr. Holder, the Justice Department has opened nearly two dozen such investigations into police departments, more than twice as many as were opened in the previous five years, according to department data.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/us/shooting-accounts-differ-as-holder-schedules-visit.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region%C2%AEion=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package&_r=1

Sgt. Daniel O’Neil spent over 30 years in law enforcement, twenty of them with the County of St. Louis. Clearly a decent man, he felt it necessary to report the racist orders that Lieutenant Hayes gave to officers in his precinct during 2012.

Hayes, O’Neil alleges in the suit, “ordered and directed police officers at the South County Precinct to stop, detain, and/or arrest African-Americans who were at the South County Mall or who were seen exiting off Highway 55 near the mall.”

In addition, “Hayes made numerous statements that directed officers to specifically target African-Americans for arrest, and without probable cause to do so.”

Sgt. O’Neil wrote anonymous letters to officers higher up in the chain of command, and an investigation into Lt Hayes was initiated. According to Rachel Maddow, nine officers confirmed the racist comments that were made by Hayes. Some of the alleged statements included, “Let’s have a black day,” and “Let’s make the jail cells more colorful.”

Lt Hayes was fired on May 13, 2013, as a result of the department’s internal investigation.

The story doesn’t end there, however. During the investigation into Hayes’ behavior, O’Neil’s name was leaked and he began to face harassment from his fellow officers, including retaliatory drug testing, being written up for a typographic error on a report, re-assigned to a district three times as far as the one he worked at before, and the removal of his squad car from his home. He was also warned by his superior that there was a “target on his back.”

In November, 2013, Sgt. O’Neil filed suit against the County of St. Louis for damages due to the department’s Retaliation in Violation of Missouri Human Rights Act.

No wonder the African American citizens in St. Louis County have no faith or trust in the law enforcement community. Nothing would be better than to have the Department of Justice spread a little sunshine into the murky pit of the institutionalized racism of the St. Louis County Police.

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The White House has been wrong on almost everything lately.This time, too.TimBuk3 on August 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Lately?

nico on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

White House now leaning on Eric Holder to play the role of racial healer?

Wait … is this one of those “What could go wrong?” posts?

M240H on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

If you destroy your enemies, you have healed the dispute. Right?

Beware the Second Amendment.

platypus on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mr. President, if you want to heal the race problem, do not send Mr. Holder. He is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

unclesmrgol on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said that America was a “nation of cowards” when it came to the issue of race. He stood by that claim as recently as January when asked if the events of the intervening years had changed his opinion. This is a perfectly defensible position to hold,

Seriously? I have not been one to criticize Noah, but this statement is over the top. A confirmed racial pot stirrer is justified in his opinion that we are a nation of cowards when it comes to race? That is way over the top even or Hot Air.

Johnnyreb on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Holder has no credibility whatsoever.

CatoRenasci on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

All of that garbage you posted has exactly ZERO to do with Ferguson.

M240H on August 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Which means that Michael Brown did not crush a cop’s face.

Akzed on August 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The more these people talk about racism the less I understand it!

2L8 on August 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Racism is where a person who looks like you commits a crime and then you rally around him like he is a hero, all the while hating people who don’t look like you but do things identically to your putative hero — or even hating people who have done nothing at all to you but who don’t look like you.

We’ve seen racism in comments here, and we are seeing it in the supposedly allowable behavior of arson, vandalism looting, and shooting, in Ferguson.

unclesmrgol on August 20, 2014 at 9:54 AM

+infinity Cato@9:50

cmsinaz on August 20, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?

locomotivebreath1901 on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Seriously? I have not been one to criticize Noah, but this statement is over the top. A confirmed racial pot stirrer is justified in his opinion that we are a nation of cowards when it comes to race? That is way over the top even or Hot Air.

Johnnyreb on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Another HA poster drinks the bitter dregs of a Noah Rothman post.

Immolate on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Wipe your chin off and go back to watching Red Green.

Del Dolemonte on August 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Eric Holder’s the last person that ought to be going there to preach unity and the lack of trust in gov’t institutions. All his trip will do is provide yet another stamp of approval to the rioting and looting they’ve engaged in, as if it’s justified. That’s the worst thing about all this…from the pos MO governor on down, they’ve simply sought to appease the mob, forgetting in the process that the cop is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

To hell with Holder, Nixon, and Ferguson in general. They can burn the place down for all I care at this point…it’s what they want to do, anyway.

changer1701 on August 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Having Holder to heal racial divisions would be like having ISIS healing the Hamas Israel problems

txdoc on August 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin? locomotivebreath1901 on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Ralph Abernathy saw the plagiarist, whom Jackie Kennedy hated, beat up a woman the day he was shot.

Is that what you’re getting at?

Akzed on August 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Because no one epitomizes “racial healing” like Eric Holder.

/s

Joe Mama on August 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said that America was a “nation of cowards” when it came to the issue of race. He stood by that claim as recently as January when asked if the events of the intervening years had changed his opinion. This is a perfectly defensible position to hold

True, but not for the reasons you or Holder think. It’s a defensible position to hold because most of the issues of race — unwed pregnancy, drug abuse, crime stats way beyond their percentage in the population, black-on-black crime, welfare dependency, not valuing education, rap music that glorifies all of these things — are off limits in any and all discussions of race. So, yes. Cowards.

One small step alone, bringing the shame back to teenage, unwed pregnancy, would go a long way toward ameliorating all of those conditions. Stop calling 15-year-olds having their second or third child “single moms,” and start calling it what it is: a tragedy. That would be a good start to the honesty.

Rational Thought on August 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Seriously? I have not been one to criticize Noah, but this statement is over the top. A confirmed racial pot stirrer is justified in his opinion that we are a nation of cowards when it comes to race? That is way over the top even or Hot Air.

Johnnyreb on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I disagree. To call the US a nation of cowards when it comes to race is perfectly defensible. But not necessarily the way the black racists see that issue. We should be able to openly talk about race without it returning to picking cotton in the antebellum South or facing police dogs on the Edmund Pettis bridge. We should not be afraid to hold black political leaders to the same standards as we would hold whites. We should not be afraid to discuss merit-based college admissions for all.

We are a nation of cowards in 2014 by not having discussions of race that isn’t just a way of advocating disparate treatment under the law for blacks. Put another way, blacks (and other minorities) have all the tools necessary to break the culture of welfare, the identification with gangs, and the lack of strong male role models. It is time that they are treated just like any white citizen of the nation. No freebies. No special treatment through affirmative action. No free ride based on pigmentation.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

“Holder is gonna be right in there with Sharpton and that Shabbaz character, stirring the pot. Look real close at the faces in the crowd during the protests, bet you’ll see Holder’s face”

That Shabbaz character is the leader of the New Black Panthers. Capt. Johnson put him in charge of “security”. Even Fox News had him on television yesterday and identified him as “Black Lawyers for Justice”. Really? Et.tu.?

Techster64 on August 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Shame on me. I used to think Axlerod was the most offensive of Obama’s minions. Now it appears that Holder is the most offensive because he manipulates the ethics and sense of the nation.

katiejane on August 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

No just no….Holder is stuck in pre civil rights era so we don’t need him there.

sorrowen on August 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

You have to wonder what it will take for the minority community to think things are better? What will satisfy them?

katiejane on August 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

This should go about as well as Obama/Kerry being fair arbiters between Israel and Hamas…

abnormal_1 on August 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Based on Obama’s supporters’ dissatisfaction with the president’s approach to the situation in Ferguson, maybe Holder was the perfect figure to send to the area today.

That’s like sending Goebbels instead of Hitler.

Walter L. Newton on August 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder remarked. “Had nothing to do with me, what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

This happens because Barry and Eric have grown up lounging on a satin pillow in the cool breeze of Affirmative Action. Once they step outside that comfortable cocoon and enter the real world where they can be criticized just as a white president or AG can be, they can only conclude that this must be racism.

Good article Noah.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

In the situation in Ferguson MO, the presence of Eric Holder and Obama, are the same as the other outside agitators. Not beneficial. Eric Holder is Al Sharpton with a title.

Dasher on August 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

“Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder remarked. “Had nothing to do with me, what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

A little foggy on your history there, Holder. Think back to AG John Mitchell and Richard Millhouse Nixon.

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Eric Holder is Al Sharpton with a titleBull Connor with a higher pay grade, more power and a better tan.

Dasher on August 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I think that’s closer to reality.

Oldnuke on August 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

You have to wonder what it will take for the minority community to think things are better? What will satisfy them?

katiejane on August 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Nothing the rest of us can do. The black community has to heal itself because their biggest problem is the putrid inner-city black culture itself. Rap music that glorifies criminal activity, addiction to welfare, calling academic achievement ‘acting white’, glorifying the fathering of multiple children with multiple mothers, etc.

The rest of us can’t fix it because we are told, “that’s our thing, and it’s none of your business.”

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

What could go wrong?

talkingpoints on August 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

It took Barry 2 days in DC to decide this?

Stay on Maatha’s, Barry, you do your best work there.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The AOL-HuffPo homepage (I know, I know!) features a photo of some “protestors” in Ferguson wearing professionally produced headband and other paraphernalia with loads of mindless slogans.

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Think through it again, Noah. General Holder is going to rally the troops for the election battle.

War on Women
War on Blacks
War on Hispanics
War on Immigrants
War on Gays
War on Clean Air Clean Water

At this point, a race riot looks positive to Obama, his administration, and his media supporters. Holder is going to confirm that the evil White plantation owners are keeping black people down and killing them at every opportunity.

Holder goes in search of Democratic votes and government power, not the truth, not the facts, and certainly not racial healing.

pilsener on August 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

OK. I won’t bother to check your sources, but the race baiters have been trying to make the claim that

1. The Ferguson police are racist.

2. The Ferguson police are systematically killing black men.

Neither one of these claims is supported by any evidence, including the stories you cite-as they are not regarding the Ferguson police.

Why not report on the Chicago police or the Detroit police or the New York police or the DC police?

Why not look at the actual numbers of deaths of young black men and their causes?

How many times as many young black men are killed by other young black men as opposed to the police? ten times, one hundred times? one thousand times?

When are you or the media or Holder or Obama going to address the major cause of shooting deaths of young black men? The leading cause of young black male shooting deaths has NOTHING to to with the police ANYWHERE, let alone in Ferguson. Your stupidity and racism are aggravating the problem, given the armed black male in St. Louis who charged the cops asking them to shoot him and is now understandably dead. Are you going to take any responsibility for your and the press and the race baiters role in encouraging this type of behaviour?

talkingpoints on August 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

“Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder remarked. “Had nothing to do with me, what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, Mr. Thin Skin.

talkingpoints on August 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I saw the group marching with Shabbaz last night, supposedly pushing to keep the peace. They were all wearing gas masks. If you are not trying to riot and loot, why do you need a gas mask?

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

The only solution is to eliminate the source of funding that allows this behavior to continue. Then we can say – your right, its your thing, we don’t understand it. So we are not going to fund it. Fix it yourself or starve.

Zomcon JEM on August 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

And the Governor of MO is promising a vigourous “prosecution” of the case–and please don’t tell me he doesn’t know the legal niceities between the words “prosecution” and “investigation”. He was MO’s AG for 16 years.

The cop is a dead man walking. If I were a white cop in Ferguson or any city near there, including St. Louis, I’d resign. Today. No career is worth suicide…you may as well take the bullets out of your weapon and be really good at leaving any confrontation. You will be wrong. The state and feds will come after you if you’re white and the suspect is black.

If I were a business anywhere near a black neighborhood, I’d be backing up a semi to empty my store of all durable goods. Perhaps they can sell the stuff to a wholesaler and avoid bankruptcy.

If I lived in Ferguson and were the wrong color, I’d have a “for sale” sign up in the yard today.

Oh, and if I were Darren Wilson? I’d be making plans to leave the country. He hasn’t got a chance. Maybe Snowdon needs a roommate in Russia.

Here in MD, everyone knows you do not go into Baltimore unless you’re in a large white crowd. You’ve got a target on you back. Young white males know this and avoid Baltimore. If you’re old and white, plan in being the victim of the knockout game. Before this game started being reported by Greta VanSusterine, it was a major trending game in Baltimore. Face it folks. These battles are lost. Give it up.

Portia46 on August 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I did some vey rough calculations- multiplying by hand, using slightly different years for total population, so these are approximations
2012 about 180 blacks shot by police. No data on how many were justified.
2012 about 6500 black firearm homicides.

So about 36 times as many blacks are shot by non-cops as are shot by cops, with the cop shootings including justified shootings.

I have no info on the number of unjustified police shootings of blacks, but would welcome this information. It seems unlikely that it would be more than a small percentage. If it is 10%, it would mean that a black (did not find specific black male population info in quick search) was 360 times more likely to be shot by a non-cop than to be wrongly shot by a cop. If it is 1%, it would be 3600 times more likely.

Are Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson or Ned doing anything about that? You know, anything that would impact on the thousands of deaths anually rather than the possible dozens of deaths annually?

talkingpoints on August 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Attorney General Eric Abortion Holder the Coward will heal the racial divide.

Yeah, good luck with that.

22044 on August 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Eric Holder can kiss my white azzz…

Pest on August 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Obama’s healing powers have vanished.

BuckeyeSam on August 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I thought it was strange the Holder told Dear Leader he was going to Ferguson…later in Dear Leader’s presser he stated he was sending Holder to Ferguson…Is Valerie no longer in charge?

d1carter on August 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Eric Holder a racial healer? That’s like saying a rattle snake makes a nice, docile pet.

sadatoni on August 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

It’s not just racial healing he’s there to do.

Unconfirmed reports suggest it’s hands-on medical work. Clinical intervention into the forensic investigation.

Is there anything Eric Holder won’t do?

Report: Eric Holder Heading to Ferguson to ‘Personally Perform Autopsy’ Dismissing Objections from Medical Community

PunditFaP on August 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Eric Holder has had an agenda since he first became involved in federal politics. He fails to understand that assuring that civil rights are protected is not determined by race. Justice is supposed to be blind.

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Bwahahahahahahaha …Holder… ahahahahahahahaha racial healer… ahahahahaha (gasp) yer killin me… ahahahaha

The Rogue Tomato on August 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Holder is there to stoke the fire. How openly he does it depends on how much the news of that cop’s blow-out eye socket fracture damages the lefty narrative.

petefrt on August 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s Butt Boy, Holder, is the worst race pimp in the whole administration. Obama wants this racist twit “because he’s a race man” and that’s a direct quote I will never forget. The nonsense in Ferguson, the knockout game, it is all street theatre. The last thing the race pimps want is equal treatment, but their own version of discrimination where the application of law and justice is race based. I am thoroughly sick of this crap.

mcgilvra on August 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Racist pig is racist pig, heals nothing. But, that’s the goal, right?

Diluculo on August 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Sending in Eric “My People” Witholder. What could go wrong?

ConstantineXI on August 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Obama just doesn’t want to get involved. As for Holder; that RACIST SOB is going to be a “healer”?

Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

GarandFan on August 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

The Thug of the Land has no intentions of healing anything.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Is he shipping in the protesters?

albill on August 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

This administration cannot end fast enough.

nico on August 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Eric Holder’s response to the WH, “Yeah that’s not gonna happen. Oh sure I’ll go there with my army of FBI agents, but I need to keep this racial divide going. I mean you know.”

jake49 on August 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

To understand the dynamic revisit Shelby Steele early essay on Obama. Obama is a bargainer. He can’t break the bargain especially not now. Obama is in the stretch run of his presidency he needs to build bridges within Washington so he can give $500,000 speeches. Doing what Eric Dyson wants him to do would sink his lucrative speechifying career. Ferguson is radioactive. Obama can’t touch it.

Theworldisnotenough on August 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

White House now leaning on Eric Holder to play the role of racial healer?

The guy who refuses to protect the voting rights of White people is going to be the racial healer???

This must be a reprint of a story from The Onion!!

…or it was a misprint, and Holder is going to be the racial DEALER!

landlines on August 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM