Eric Holder Shamelessly Tells Black Graduates America Is Unfair
In a commencement speech at Morgan State University last weekend, Eric Holder, referencing Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy, said: “These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done, because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.”
As Holder viewed it, the greatest threat to equality comes from laws and policies that “have the appearance of being race neutral” but in practice affect minorities disproportionately.
Zero-tolerance school discipline policies, are well-intentioned but have the effect of punishing black males three times more often than their white counterparts.
“The criminal sentencing system also is an area where racially unfair outcomes persist,” he argued by citing a U.S. Sentencing Commission that found black men received sentences nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white men convicted of similar crimes.
He was not forgetful to include his oft made argument–that state laws aimed at preventing voter fraud “disproportionately disenfranchise African-Americans, Hispanics, other communities of color, and vulnerable populations such as the elderly.”[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]He even argued that Republicans who have passed state voter identification laws and other measures argue they are needed to prevent in-person voter fraud. Saying that, Democrats counter such fraud is exceedingly rare, and the real effect of such laws is to discourage voting by people, including low-income and minority groups, that tend to vote for Democrats. “Policies that disenfranchise specific groups are more pernicious than hateful rants,” he claimed.
Instead of encouraging the graduates to be successful or inspiring them to apply the education most of them were graduating entombed in debt to receive, Holder paraded out the old “white devil, boogieman, gonna get you” bugaboo.
Thinking people in that graduating class, specifically blacks, should have been thinking about the mountain of empirical evidence that shows black males are punished in school more than whites because in the school systems where said is the case, blacks are disciplined three times more than whites because they are five times more of a discipline problem.
But Holder and his ilk are changing the narrative. I remember vividly a very short time ago that the dialogue evolved around the threat black males were to teachers and other students in the classroom. Does anyone think that problem doesn’t exist today exponentially?
Holder did not address the pandemic of existential and empirical evidences — that are deniable only to the Eric Holders of the world — clearly showing black repeat offenders are far higher in number than other groups and they are the more violent offenders. But, according to the highest law enforcement officer in America, blacks are unfairly held to the same standards as everyone else, i.e., break the law you get punished; and the more frequently you break it the more severe the punishment.
Holder targeted everyone but dogs, cats, and chickens in naming those he defined as disenfranchised by attempts to reduce voter fraud.
It is incongruous to accept that one needs identification, and in most instances a photo identification, to even have your automobile inspected or to rent a storage locker at a “U Store It” site, but not to participate in the most important civic event a legal citizen can participate in.
Holder’s speech was as noteworthy for what he omitted as it was for what he included. He omitted the voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party, and he omitted that he was on record as saying he would not prosecute civil rights cases unless they were brought against whites.
We should demand Holder clean up his own racist house before he fixates on casting whites and our system of laws as racist or somehow unfair to blacks.[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here