Countenance linked to a story about attorney general Eric Holder defending himself against a accusations that his refusal to prosecute black panther members for voter intimidation stems from his racism. Quoting Holder, the story reads:
“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.
Though some of the comments express doubt that the “my people” Holder refers to are “black people”, there can be no other logical interpretation of his words. He clearly is not referring to his colleagues in the government or Americans in general. He is referring to black Americans.
While I think it’s fine and dandy that a black American thinks of other black Americans as “his people”, there is a problem when such an individual is charged with serving all Americans equally with justice. A white attorney general should consider other American whites as “his people” too. And, though whites tend to be far more fair-minded than other races, I would not expect blacks to be content living under white rule either. Racial politics being the way they are, whites should have their own leaders and blacks should have their own leaders. Only then could impartiality be reasonably expected.
But Holder is being rather disingenuous when he refers to black Americans as “his people”. As Steve Sailer has already pointed out…
Further, anybody familiar with the racial structure of the West Indies — if you’re not, Malcolm Gladwell’s chapter in Outliers on his mother’s family in Jamaica is a good introduction — would recognize that Holder is from Barbado’s mulatto middle class, rather than from its black agricultural masses. As Gladwell points out, West Indians who look like Holder (or Gladwell’s mom) didn’t get that way by accident. Generations of careful breeding requiring a fair degree of social segregation have typically have gone into keeping the mulatto elites of the West Indies from slipping into the black masses.
Like Obama, Holder owes his job to the black half of his ancestry. Like Obama, Holder conveniently ignores the white half – because he knows that being white counts for nothing in this country, and far less than nothing in the Obama administration. If I had the opportunity to speak to Eric Holder, I would look him right in the eye and say, “Mr. Holder, you are white.” Of course, shortly thereafter, I would be audited by the I.R.S. and who knows what else. But I would still do it, just to see him fume and turn red.