On March 1st, US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Appropriations Committee. During the session, Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) confronted Holder about the infamous New Black Panther Case from 2008.
To refresh your memory, that was the case where a couple of members of the New Black Panther Party stood outside a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day in paramilitary garb, brandishing night sticks, and using racial slurs in a blatant attempt to intimidate white voters.
Bartle Bull was a direct witness to these intimidation efforts. Bull has a long history of activism on behalf of liberal Democratic candidates, and he fought for black voting rights in the South back in the 1960s as a young lawyer. He says one of the New Black Panthers told him "Now you will see what it means to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
Other people besides Bull witnessed this blatant racial intimidation, and a Philadelphia TV news crew caught it on film. The Department of Justice under President Bush immediately filed voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panthers, but, unbelievably, Eric Holder dismissed all charges after the Obama administration took over the case. The only "punishment" meted out was that one of the men agreed not to possess a deadly weapon near a polling place until after 2012.
Apparently Eric Holder's Justice Department thought it would be too harsh to prohibit him from brandishing a night stick at voting sites after 2012.
When Holder's DOJ dismissed the charges, millions of Americans were shocked, and there was a huge uproar at this blatant and outrageous double standard. It isn't hard to imagine what would happen to a pair of white thugs brandishing night sticks outside of a polling place on Election Day while hurling racial slurs at black people. Needless to say, charges would not have been dismissed in a case like that.
Americans only grew angrier after a couple of whistleblowers from the Justice Department said that under Eric Holder, it is now official policy to refuse to prosecute cases of discrimination or civil rights violations when the victims are white.
In fact, the US Civil Rights Commission was so disturbed by these allegations that it launched an investigation, but the Justice Department refused to cooperate. This is why Rep. Culberson confronted Eric Holder during the recent hearing, to find out why Justice Department officials were stonewalling the Civil Rights Commission.
Eric Holder denied these charges, but his denial simply weren't believable.
After all, this is the same man who testified before the Senate back in 2009 that white people are not protected by "hate crimes" legislation. He said that "hate crimes" laws were created to protect only "historically oppressed" minority groups, such as non-whites, Jews and homosexuals. According to Holder, if a white person is attacked on account of his race by a Hispanic or black person, that is not a hate crime. Holder also declared that it wouldn't be a hate crime to assault a Christian pastor because of his religious beliefs.
These are without a doubt the most shocking words ever uttered by an Attorney General of the United States. To the average American, it's inconceivable that laws should be written specifically to benefit select groups of people, while treating the majority of Americans as second class citizens unworthy of the law's protection. Yet this is what America's top law enforcement official openly declared to the Senate.
Eric Holder went even further in his indignant response to Rep. Culberson:
"Think about that, 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."
[Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans 'my people', Politico.com, March 1, 2011]
This response was even more telling, as Eric Holder made it clear he doesn't feel the slightest need to cover up his favoritism toward black people, and his contempt for the rights of white Americans. He referred to black Americans as "my people," and thinks that armed black militants using racial slurs against whites at a polling place is merely "inappropriate." He can't even bring himself to say that what the New Black Panthers did was illegal.
As Attorney General, Eric Holder's job is to enforce the laws fairly, without favoritism, to protect all Americans. One would think that America's top law enforcement official would only use the phrase "my people" when referring to all Americans. To see Holder use this phrase in a racially exclusive way was truly jarring, and should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans.
(What makes it even more outrageous is that Holder's roots aren't even African-American—his father immigrated from Barbados, and so did his maternal grandparents.)
America is rapidly becoming much more racially diverse than it has been historically. According to the Census bureau, in 2042 the American population will become majority non-white, and it's expected that this year or next more non-white babies will be born in America than white ones. In an increasingly multiracial America it will be redundant and pointless to refer to some races as "minorities", since every group, including white people, will be a minority of the population.
It's nice to think an America where everyone is a minority will be a country where no one is favored or penalized because of the color of his skin, and everyone is treated equally. If the Eric Holders of America have their way though, our multiracial future will be nothing like that. Instead it will be a nightmare of racial hostility, pandering and favoritism, where some Americans, in George Orwell's famous phrase, will be "more equal" than others due to the color of their skin.
We should thank Rep. Culberson for exposing Eric Holder's vicious double standard when it comes to race, and showing us what the future has in store for us if left wing radicals have their way.
Peter Morrison (email him) is a businessman living in Lumberton, Texas with his wife and four children. He currently serves on the Lumberton ISD School Board and as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party. He says "I believe deeply in the principles of limited constitutional government, the sanctity of life and that our state and nation should be run under Thomas Jefferson's principle of 'Equal Rights for All, Special Privileges for None.'" This article is from his free newsletter, which features commentary about current events of interest to Texans—sign up here.