I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color. The sense that in a country where one of our basic principles, perhaps the most important principle, is equality under the law, that too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly.
Are we dealing with facts or feelings here? Nothing factual about the incident between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson supports anything like this sort of talk. What facts prove that Brown was not treated fairly under the law? And if there is “simmering distrust”, aren’t both sides at fault? Why focus solely on the police? Did the police riot and loot?
“This presents this nation with, I think, a unique opportunity,” Holder said. “And I think it’s incumbent on all of us to seize this opportunity to deal with issues that for too long have been ignored.”
Never let a crisis go to waste. Even if you’ve been in office for nearly six years, pretend like you just got to town. And for heaven’s sake, don’t define the crisis, or “issues”. The vaguer you are, the more you can get away with.
Holder further bloviated:
Like millions of Americans, I know many of you have spent the past few days with family members, friends, and loved ones, giving thanks for the blessings of the past year – but also mindful of recent news, the anguished emotions, and the images of destruction that have once again focused this country’s attention on Ferguson, Missouri.
Is this where he comes down hard on the rioters and looters, the professional agitators, the Panthers?
Like you, I understand that the need for this trust was made clear in the wake of the intense public reaction to last week’s grand jury announcement. But the problems we must confront are not only found in Ferguson. The issues raised in Missouri are not unique to that state or that small city. We are dealing with concerns that are truly national in scope and that threaten the entire nation. Broadly speaking, without mutual understanding between citizens – whose rights must be respected – and law enforcement officers – who make tremendous and often-unheralded personal sacrifices every day to preserve public safety – there can be no meaningful progress. Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve.
Responding to a convenience store robbery—in a black neighborhood—is occupation?
Move along, nothing to see.
But the issue is larger than just the police and the community. Our overall system of justice must be strengthened and made more fair.
That’s right, make a spurious point and then move on. To an even more spurious point.
[I]n the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards – and robust safeguards – to help end racial profiling, once and for all. This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.
Again, he’s been Attorney General for nearly six years! If racial profiling is so bad, what’s he been doing all this time? Obama should sack him for indifference or incompetence.
But of course he won’t:
Eric Holder is going to be working in parallel with the task force to convene a series of these meetings all across the country, because this is not a problem simply of Ferguson, Missouri, this is a problem that is national. It is a solvable problem, but it is one that, unfortunately, spikes after one event and then fades into the background until something else happens. What we need is a sustained conversation…
We keep trying, but no one answers us.
Holder has already announced his resignation; I thought he couldn’t wait to get out of there. Now he’s point man on a nationwide initiative? What are these creeps up to?
But enough with the questions. You come here for answers.
This is all about politics. Obama is not playing to America. He’s playing to a subset of Americans with a gripe. We can argue about the validity of that gripe, but this is not how you “bring people together”. The vast majority of Americans think justice was done in Ferguson—until the rioting and looting started, that is. They look at the mayhem in Ferguson, they listen to Obama and Holder, and the two do not match. Neither do the vast majority of Americans support amnesty for illegal aliens. But with the same self-righteous pontificating, Obama assured us he was acting unilaterally (and illegally) out of fairness.
It took some doing, but Obama has lost the middle-class white vote for Democrats. But that’s okay because he’s leaving them with a new coalition. Latinos legalized by an invalid diktat, and African Americans united by a fiction (“hands up, don’t shoot”), plus the usual collection of kooks, cranks, and Kool-Aid drinkers that remain loyal to the Party—these ain’t your daddy’s Democrats. But they’re Liz Warren’s. The Class Warfare will commence shortly.