W hat do you do when you pick someone to be on your team and it would make him famous because he is the first one of his kind to be on your team, the best team in the nation and he says, “I don’t want to be on your team anymore!” Ouch that hurts! Well that is exactly what Eric Holder did recently to President Obama who gave him the title of Attorney General to the United States and he don’t want to do that anymore. Poor Obama who has relatively few people on his team anymore since he got elected.
Eric Holder will still go down in history as being the first black Attorney General in the nation. Ok, so what about his color but people still want to know that stuff. Maybe he wants to stay away from race issues since he abruptly resigned after he was asked to open a federal investigation into police shootings of unarmed black men. Civil rights leaders, liberal activists and black lawmakers are now left wondering what effect Mr. Holder’s departure will have on this issue. Does all brother’s have to stand side by side with all brother’s on black issues? Sigh
Ironically, Mr. Holder has been applauded by civil rights and equal rights activists in the past as being the most effective Attorney General ever for their causes. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and who is a former NAACP National Chairwoman loves Mr. Holder and his work in the past for black issues. So why is he leaving and why is he leaving with a bunch of issues he is in charge of in reference to black’s Civil Rights unanswered? Why leave now in the middle of projects?
Left undone is the possible federal charges in the deaths of black men including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. He was to be monitoring in the November elections Congressmen and the state wide elections that will occur after the Supreme Court threw out a major protection in The Voting Rights Act. He is even walking away from issues to be decided upon that he himself promoted needed settling. Who does that?
The projects he personally promoted were issues like the reduction of racial profiling in federal investigations, changes in how federal prosecutors negotiate sentencing, changes in the death penalty system and efforts to reduce tensions between local police departments and minority communities. All very high tension topics these days. Is he afraid of something and running out of town?
A lot of people are angry that he is leaving the ship. Leslie Proll, the director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the Washington Office said, “ At this critical time for America, we can’t afford to lose momentum on civil rights” Well maybe he don’t want to be known as the black guy in town that changed everything for black guys? Is it also racist to expect the only black guy in the highest law making office other than Obama to not be cornered into deciding only race issues for America? It is just odd since he promoted black issues in the past.
Only Eric Holder knows why Eric Holder is leaving.