Now we have Attorney General Eric Holder making an extremely bizarre and telling statement at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing about how he views the entire episode. It is clearly a controversy he wish would go away because of all the scandals involving this administration, this one seems to have multiple smoking guns.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal 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.This would seem to indicate that Adams and Coates were telling the truth. The problem here is that the testimony of those attorneys necessarily pointed to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice directing employees not to bring voting rights cases against minority defendants. That is exactly what happened with the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and Holder's argument seems to be that what the NBPP did was wrong, it just wasn't wrong enough.
"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.
Holder noted that his late sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, helped integrate the University of Alabama.
"To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident wrong thought it might be somehow is greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts.," Holder said with evident exasperation.
That's simply ridiculous and indicates bias that should force Holder to resign.
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