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Holder: NBPP Case Demeans “My People”

By Wyatt Earp | March 3, 2011

I hate to call Holder a racist, but sadly, I think the term applies.

Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up 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.

Holder has no right to be frustrated. Everyone in America saw the footage from that day, and it was clearly a textbook case of voter intimidation. The Black Panthers were armed with a nightstick, for crying out loud! Holder dropped the charges, and it’s fairly obvious why he did so.

Of course, when someone calls him on it, Holder feigns shock.

The Attorney General seemed to take 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, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.

“My people?” Wow. Imagine if Pat Buchanan said that.

Mr Holder, when speaking as the attorney general, “your people” are the citizens of the United States of America. Everyone – white, black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. – is supposed to be given equal protection under the law. Your dismissal of the New Black Panther case proves you hold that idea in contempt.

I think the question we have to ask is this: Is Eric Holder more concerned with matters of race than he is with upholding the law? After reading the above comments, I would have to answer yes. In my opinion, Holder can no longer be an effective attorney general, and he should step down immediately.

Topics: Philly, WTF? | 19 Comments »

19 Responses to “Holder: NBPP Case Demeans “My People””

  1. Mike47 Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Holder must go. His immediate resignation is absolutely necessary to restore public faith in the office he currently holds. His behavior constitutes the very definition of racist. As a Democrat, I would be embarrassed; as a Republican I would be disgusted; as an American I am outraged. This man has no place in government.

  2. JCM Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Holder took, intentionally IMHO, Bartle Ball out of context. Ball was speaking of cases he had seen while in politics, not in history.

  3. Old NFO Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    He needs to go, but he won’t… PU can’t afford to lose anybody who will dance to his tune…

  4. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I expect nothing less from a member of this administration. Even though he was born in the Bronx he is a follower of the Chicago Machine. He is just another foul mouthpiece of the PINO (president in name only) and fully speaks with WH authority. Brothers & sisters we are living in terrible times. Watch out for each other and stay safe. Thanks Wyatt, for letting me rant a bit.

    God Bless the PPD & CPD………….

  5. Randal Graves Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:44 pm

  6. ed Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Another thing that bugs me about Holder’s comment. Somebody said the Black Panther case was the worst voting rights intimidation case he had seen in his entire career. Or words to that effect.

    Then Holder gets all pissy and talks about cases in the 60′s.

    That was almost fifty years ago. Meaning that it is outside the time limit of almost everyones careers.

    If the current average career in the DOJ is twenty years, it wouldn’t encompass the sixtys.

    And Holder’s outrage conveniently sidesteps the fact that this very well could have been the most blatent violation of this guy’s career.

  7. bob (either orr) Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I’ll be named attorney general before Eric Holder voluntarily steps down.
    Translation: Fuhgeddaboudit!

  8. Picky Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I’m sure he just meant, “the American people” in which case he is correct, the black panther voter intimidation demeans all of us.

  9. Picky Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    oops. Forgot the /snark.

  10. Wes S. Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    This administration doesn’t even bother to hide its contempt for the law and the citizens anymore, does it?

    This isn’t the Department of Justice anymore; it’s the Department of Payback.

    According to Mark Levin last night, despite Holder’s belated acknowledgement that race relations in America are vastly improved over what they were in the sixties, Holder still wants vastly increased funding and manpower for DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. For what, pray tell, since the DOJ clearly isn’t interested in actual civil rights anymore?

  11. Wes S. Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    …And in other news: I managed to use “anymore” three times in one post.

    Obviously I’m too drunk to proofread. Or post. Sorry.

    So with that I’m off to bed. Before I go facedown on the keyboard….


  12. Rick Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Holder and Obama need to go now!

  13. panola Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:52 am

    “The voter intimidation in the 60′s was more racist than the NBBP voter intimidation in 2008, therefore the New Black Panther hate group did nothing wrong.”

    Well, now we understand the thought process of a real hard-core racist.

  14. Robert B. Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    January 2013 can not come quickly enough.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Mike47 – He’s yet another radical in an administration that is chock full of them.

    JCM – Exactly. Bull was referring to his own career.

    Old NFO – He was hand-picked by Obama. He’ll stay for the duration of Obama’s term(s).

    LDIV – It’s not the first time Holder has ignored the law to further his agenda.

    Randal – Brilliant!

    Ed – Of course he does, because Holder knows he has no leg to stand upon here. An attorney general who doesn’t enforce the laws. What a concept.

    Bob – I nominate Snooki! She can’t be any worse.

    Picky – Holder’s decisions demean all of us.

    Wes S. – They certainly don’t respect the American people. But, I still think Obama will be re-elected in a landslide.

    Rick – I’ll settle for 2012, but I think voter guilt will propel him to another term.

    Panola – Even if he feels that way – and he obviously does – he cannot let that affect his policies and the pursuit of justice. That’s why he has to go.

    Robert B. – I still think we’re looking at January, 2017, but that’s just me.

  16. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yup balancing injustice (the NBPP incident) with more injustice (how you handle it) is the way of a racist. For some reason I have a giant smirk on my face for being able to honestly call them racist:) LOL

  17. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Jon – It’s a clear-cut case of intimidation, and he ignored it. The friggin’ incident was caught on video and he still ignored it!

  18. joetote Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I for one have had it up to here with this racist administration and the chickenhearted buzzards who refuse to call them out on this despicable stance! From holder to his association over the years with radical hating racists, the President always manages in the end to show his true colors. Slam his Leftist policies, you’re a racist! Disagree with his complete incompetency in foreign policy, you’re a racist. Point out the open faced lies about cutting the deficit in his budget, you’re a racist! In other words, try to have a civil discourse with any radical leftist in this country today using facts and figures, you are a racist!

    Debate and civil discourse. It’s where ideas come from! It’s a forum to, if not fix a problem, at least address it and come up with some consensus to at least try! As such, debate or discussion can hurt one’s feelings and/or illicit some rather harsh reactions. My point is until we as a people can discuss stuff without hate, until we can cast aside our own ideologies, our biases, etc. and approach a subject with open minds, there cannot be fixes. As a society we must work together. Listening is a fine art. Learning and changing one’s mind due to constructive criticism, and I want to emphasize that, constructive criticism is a sign of maturity and leadership. Can you even remotely understand this view Mr. President, or is your head stuck so far up your elitist ass that you as most politicians are too far above us mortals to bother worrying about it? From my little part of the world, it sure appears that way! One thing for sure in my view. You and your administration have done more to set back racial relations in this country than any other administration in my lifetime!

    Debate is imperative for this country to survive. Criticism is good, provided it is true! As I said, debate must be accompanied by open minds. This must be conducted by using the Truth and Facts! This must be done by educating yourselves! Keep an open mind, but dig up everything you can from both sides. Then make an informed decision. As we go forward, we will be called fear mongers and worse! WEAR IT AS A BADGE OF HONOR. Radicals of any persuasion FEAR the truth and facts, so shout it out as loudly as possible. This is our country. Love for country and the ideals it was founded on IS NOT HATE as the hard left keeps saying. Opposing bad policy IS NOT RACISM as we are charged with! Fight the BIG LIE with the TRUTH! Our country depends on this!

  19. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    JoeTote – And Hillary Clinton said dissent and criticism was patriotic when Bush was in office. Now? Not so much.