A quick personal note: I still have house guests, back in full on Sunday.
Ok, this is what a nation of Men, Not Laws, looks like:
There is one thing to be said about Attorney General Eric Holder. He has a way with words that makes conservatives furious — especially when he starts talking about race and the law.
There are many examples. Early in the Obama administration, Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” when it comes to issues of race.
The conservative chattering class erupted.
Now Holder is at it again. He has fired up the right with his comments about the Trayvon Martin case, blaming “mistaken beliefs and stereotypes ” for the shooting of the Florida teenager.
Civil rights organizations have called on Holder and the Justice Department to pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman after he was found not guilty in the Martin shooting.
At the annual conference of the National Urban League in Philadelphia on Thursday, Holder renewed his attack on a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Despite the court’s decision, I believe we must regard this setback not as a defeat but as a historic opportunity: for Congress to restore, and even to strengthen, modern voting protections,” said Holder.
He then announced the Justice Department will “ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state of Texas … to obtain ‘pre-approval’ from either the department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes,” similar to a provision in the Voting Rights Act.
His remarks are the Justice Department’s first significant response to last month’s court ruling and seeks to address Texas’ controversial redistricting law that Holder filed suit against in 2012.
Holder said the state had a “history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized.”
The attorney general previously has been accused by the conservative press of “abuse of power” and of “exploiting tragedies” by the National Rifle Association. Former U.S. Rep. Allen West attacked Holder for what he called “race-baiting” and “exploiting the law.”
Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, who mentions Holder several times in his book about racial profiling, “The Presumption of Guilt,” said the attorney general “has no fear or reticence to talk about race wherever he thinks it needs to be discussed and that leads to a host of reactions, usually negative, from people.”
“I think he is being very straightforward, and some people take it as being provocative. He is very honest about his views about race and justice,” Ogletree said.
Ogletree is correct. He is very straightforward. He is a straightforward bigot, and not deeply concerned about the law of the land. We elected this crew and we must live with it, but it is a darn shame.