Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are appalled that Attorney General Eric Holder used the race card to block congressional inquiries into the Justice Department’s silence and possible mishandling of a race-fueled voting rights case.
“Eric Holder is sending a consistent and unfortunate message that we should expect justice to be applied only on the terms set by him and President Obama. This disregard for the rule of law is made worse by divisive rhetoric that is anathema to his sworn duties to uphold our Constitution as Attorney General,” said Project 21’s Jerome Hudson. “Holder’s apparent willingness to turn a blind eye to equal justice is one more example of how radical and out of touch this presidency is with the American people.”
Holder engaged in racial politics during a subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee on March 1. Representative John Culberson (R-TX) brought up that the U.S. Department of Justice was uncooperative with investigators from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding allegations that political appointees intervened in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party charged with restricting the access of white voters to a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008. Holder harshly criticized scrutiny of the case, calling it “inappropriate” to compare this case to past government defenses of civil rights, adding, “I think it does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.”
“Holder’s comment about ‘my people’ illustrates how the Attorney General sees the world through a color-coded lens,” said Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli.