Holder's Tantrum

John Ransom
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 11:55 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a strange view of American history.

Speaking of the tensions happening in Ferguson, MO where a black man suspected of a crime was shot dead by a black police officer, Holder, the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, said: “This is something that has history to it and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.”

He’s right of course, but as usual, he’s right for the wrong reasons.

He thinks he’s entitled to speak on this subject because he’s a black man with a black man’s experience in America. He believes in legitimatizing black mistrust of America instead of removing mistrust between the races.

“I understand that mistrust,” said Holder, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

I’m wondering who needs the remind on the AG gig. Him? Or us? Because too often Holder acts like the chief community organizer with the justice department as an outreach program.

Holder would be better—and the country would too-- to leave race to history.

I am a writer. But I’m also an Irish Catholic male, a kind of European equivalent of the black male, whose ancestors were denigrated, denied work, suffered the indignities of all the maladies that come with disenfranchisement including crime, alcoholism, high unemployment, absentee fatherism.

That still doesn’t entitle me to speak for the Irish.

The fact is that we all know prejudice in some form or another. But prejudice isn’t the worst of all crimes or the first of all crimes. Because what removes prejudice is accomplishment. And what prevents accomplishment is lack of opportunity.

The black community has a lot of needs, but what they need most is opportunity, not history lessons. If our leaders spent more time on solutions to actual problems in the black community rather than on phony civil rights issues like the War on Women, gay rights, the right to a minimum wage, or a union card; if instead of giving Wall Street a trillion dollar golden parachute, our leaders had come up with a sensible plan to lift up the concept of black fatherhood, for example, opportunities would come of natural course.

This is not the America of the 1900’s.

A black man is in the White House. Black men routinely occupy the highest positions in commerce and government. They do so because somewhere along the line they had opportunity and generally made the most of it.

Allen West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Colin Powell all are signs of the progress America has made in race. And the progress would be better, were in not for the progressive progress pushed by Holder and Obama who tap into hatred instead of hope.

The single biggest thing holding down the black community is all the “help” they get from people who just want to deny them real opportunity. It’s the same thing that increases the number of illegal immigrants wholly dependent on the largess of the government.

Obama and Holder as a representatives of black America had the opportunity to lift the community up. But all he does is keep them down.

Obama and Holder can attempt to fix things that have been historically wrong with immigration, race and much else. That they choose not to despite brave talk about phones and pens means they’ll be stuck on reliving history, rather than making history.

And that’s the general problem with progressives anyway: They relive history as if it were their childhood.

And childhood rarely works out well the second time around. They often involve tantrums.

As we are all too unfortunately aware.