Obliging Eric Holder: Toward An Honest Discussion of Race

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It isn’t just orgies of violence and destruction that the acquittal of George Zimmerman has provoked. This verdict also renewed Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for an “honest” discussion of race, a discussion that, he maintains, Americans continue to defer.

I am second to none in my contempt for Holder, but, in this case, he couldn’t be more correct: Americans have not discussed race honestly.  Nor will they do so as long as, ironically, the Eric Holders of the world continue to have their way.

For all his cries for a truthful dialogue on race, Holder, like the man to whom he answers and their fellow ideologues in the Racism-Industrial-Complex, is deeply invested in fortifying the pack of bald-faced lies that are American racial politics.  So, with an eye toward dismantling these lies and heeding Holder’s request for straight talk, I submit the following questions to get the conversation going.

Traditionally, Americans have endorsed what has been called “the one drop” rule.  According to this rule, if a person has any (black) African ancestry whatsoever, he or she is black.  Well, since George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was black, doesn’t this mean that he is black? After all, had Zimmerman lived in the antebellum South, the knowledge that he had “black blood” in his veins alone would have sufficed to make him as eligible a candidate for slavery as Trayvon Martin would have been.

In turn, doesn’t this mean that the Zimmerman/Martin case is but another black-on-black shooting?

If so, why, of the astronomical number of instances of black-on-black violence that occur in America on a regular basis and that Holder and his ilk ignore, are they determined to make, quite literally, a federal case out of this one instance of such violence?  If not, if — unlike Barack Obama and Holder himself — Zimmerman somehow defies the one-drop rule, how or why does this justify treating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin far differently than the shooting deaths of the thousands of blacks who are shot dead annually by other blacks?

It is a twisted subculture of the black underclass that underwrites the epidemic of black violence.  Far from being condemned, it has been romanticized and/or excused (by people like Holder and Obama).  However, countless numbers of young black males like Martin imbibe a warped sense of masculinity from this ghetto ethos of which gangsta’ rap and hip hop are the most popular vehicles.  May not this have had at least some role to play in Martin’s fate—as well as that of the legions of young blacks that kill and are killed on a daily basis in this country?

In an honest discussion of race, isn’t it imperative that we finally express at least a fraction of the outrage over the shocking rates of black-on-white violence that was expressed by Holder and the like over the killing of Trayvon Martin?  It goes without saying that if whites were targeting blacks to the extent to which blacks target whites, no one—least of all Holder—would stand for it.  So why do such “anti-racists” as Holder and Obama endorse this grotesque double standard, standards that sanction the debasement of white life while confirming the suspicions of an ever growing number of whites that “anti-racism” is really just code for anti-white?

Why is black criminality and violence invariably explained away by “anti-racists” in terms of “root causes,” but when racial animus is directed, or is even, as in the case of George Zimmerman, alleged to have been directed against blacks, there is no search for any “root causes”? In the case of Zimmerman, say, his property and that of those in his lower-middle class community had been besieged by people who fit a certain profile—a profile that Trayvon Martin matched.  Is it not fair to think that had Zimmerman and his neighbors not suffered these injustices, that maybe he wouldn’t have been quite as suspicious of Martin that fateful night?

We use the words “racial unrest” and “race riots” in characterizing exhibitions of mayhem of the kind that are unfolding in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.  Why?  Such terms suggest a clash between the races. In reality, from at least the beginning of the second half of the last century to the present, so-called “race” riots have actually been black riots. When Klansmen used to spread terror throughout black communities, no one referred to these episodes as “race riots.”  Neither do we do so today when recalling those times.  So, again, why do we use this term to describe mobs of blacks who target whites?

There are plenty more topics that would be addressed in a genuinely honest discussion of race. These are just some questions that come immediately to mind in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict.

I won’t hold my breath waiting for those who claim to want an honest discussion of race to respond honestly to them—or respond to them at all.

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  • gatekeeper96740

    Why is it that every nationality can come here and make a life for themselves and your community can’t Mr Holder?
    And the Irish were brought to America or the colonies so don’t give me the BS of slavery over 150 years ago.You and Obama are now using another dead kid to promote your agenda….same as he used dead kids in sandy hook to promote gun control.This will be the theme for the dems 2014 elections….

    Holder andObama are the lowest point in the history of the country….


  • LeungChiSi

    It is not properly an epidemic of black violence. An “epidemic” qua epidemic is episodic and is seen to occur only sporadically.

    The proper characterization – and term – is endemic – the tenor of black violence is historic and continuous, it is part and parcel of black culture.

  • rbla

    Root Cause – the Bell Curve.

  • Crystal Offermann

    CJOffermann said…
    Just saw this. Let’s all band together: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/civil-rights-prosecution-angela-corey-united-states-department-justice-she-deliberately-withheld/pGTglGG2

    Civil Rights Prosecution of Angela Corey by United States Department of Justice for She Deliberately Withheld Evidence
    Civil Rights Prosecution of Angela Corey by United States Department of Justice for the unlawful Prosecution of George Zimmerman for depriving him of his Constitutional Rights of Life and Liberty by the United States Department of Justice, Eric Holder, United States Attorney General in United States District Court as swiftly and expeditiously as is possible.
    Angela Corey is alleged to have omitted material exculpatory facts, such as photographs of the wounds on George Zimmerman’s head, which go to his defense of “self defense.”
    She was aware when she submitted an affidavit that it did not contain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She deliberately withheld evidence that supported Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

    Created: Jul 14, 2013
    Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Government Reform Learn about Petition Thresholds It’s up to you to build support for petitions you care about and gather more signatures. A petition must get 150 signatures in order to be publicly searchable on WhiteHouse.gov.
    Over time, we may need to adjust the petition signature thresholds, but we’ll always let you know what the thresholds are.
    Signatures needed by August 13, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000

  • ratonis

    I would not say that black violence is attributable to “black culture” per se. But, there is definitely a sub-culture among blacks that exalts violence and irrationality. It is properly seen as a primitive, savage culture. Rap music breathes savagery.

    • Everhope

      I’ve got to drop in here more often.

    • ebonystone

      How low “black culture” has sunk. Hard to believe that blacks were one capable of glorious music — jazz. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker. Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and scores of others must be turning in their graves.

      • Dorton

        And real Soul. Ivory Joe Hunter, Solomon Burke, Sam Cook, Dixie Hummingbirds et al.

  • Everhope

    Where on earth was the “honesty” in this diatribe of confusion, straw-men and barely concealed bigotry? Is this what passes for “honesty” here?

    • ProgDestroyer

      Sorry but ad hominem attacks like yours don’t work on this site. Dazzle us with your wit and logic and get specific. Otherwise you are just another drone popping off the latest talking points from the statist side of the house.

      • Everhope

        I think you might want to look up ad hominem, you know, just for grins.

        • ProgDestroyer

          Are you kidding? Those glasses may make you look smart, but your posts prove different dips$#2. How is what you said not trying to appeal to emotion? It sure as hell wasn’t an appeal to logic or facts. Just because you don’t like the fact the facts don’t support your pathetic statist worldview doesn’t mean they aren’t the facts and therefore, justify your questioning whether the author is “honest”. Allow me to redirect you to my initial question despite your sorry a$$ed attempt to deflect; get specific with what is wrong with the article.

        • ProgDestroyer

          Are you kidding? Your comment had nothing to do with logic or fact thus only leaving emotion to hang your hat on, which is the essence of “ad hominem”. Questioning the “honesty” of the article fits the bill. Now make your point with some specifics instead of deflecting the conversation to something else.

    • OfficialPro

      you keep using those words.

      I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

  • gregorian10

    Black peoples’ problems are of their own doing. They have better-than-equal rights, yet can NEVER get up to speed. There is a reason why the entire continent of Africa is a hellhole. DNA is a powerful thing. The only amazing thing to me about all this is that there still white liberals out there who will forever fail to see that this administration and media are against you! They despise you for simply existing, and, as such, seek to pin all the blame of everyone elses’ problems on your race. Keep on voting for your enemies you fools.

  • 8ball

    Good questions and comments but you fail to mention that Zimmerman did not know Martin was black when he called 911. He only found that out later when Martin circled his vehicle.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Holder has been around in positions of relative power since well before Obama landed in the White House and his present overt racism wasn’t evident then. Either he serves the Puppeteer in the White House as a good puppet or he suppressed his racism in the past and once Obama prodded him, he became a born again racist.

    Obama’s impromptu speech on the Zimmerman case shows clearly that he is deeply bothered by this case and his intellect wrestles with his emotions which reveal his “victim mentality.” He cannot grasp what enlightened blacks understand – that being black in a country where blacks, a small minority, are responsible for the majority of crime, makes one vulnerable to frequent suspicion; it is the cross that civilized, honest blacks must bear. Obama is a
    deeply confused and flawed man who is presently experiencing a series of
    defeats. His grand plan for the Muslim Brotherhood has fallen apart in
    Egypt, his criminal behavior re the IRS and the AP phone spying and Benghazi
    are catching up to him. The whistleblower Snowden is a huge setback for him.
    Even with the GOP asleep, we can expect Obama to break in one way or another in the near future – and with him will go Holder and all the other puppets.

  • tagalog

    My first comment in this dialogue is: the people who think the verdict in George Zimmerman’s case is an instance of murderous white racism, an example of jury nullification along the lines of the O.J. case or the trial of the KKK killers of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, learn some damn law, you morons.

  • Christopher Riddle

    Now”Mr. Perjury”wants an”Honest Discussion”?I’ll bet he can’t spell the word”HONEST”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CrazyA$$Cracka

    An honest discussion of race: blacks, as a group (there are very successful, intelligent, well-integrated black people), are incapable of creating and sustaining civilization, whether in Africa or America. They are collectively a drain on any homogenous society in which they reside. They possess, on average, significantly lower IQs than other racial groups and higher levels of testosterone, predisposing them to rash and violent behavior. I challenge anyone to provide evidence to the contrary. http://www.colorofcrime.com/

  • theoprinse

    Race or races is a subset for the leftish false conception of classes.
    Racism based on individual skin color, blood type or genotype is a false presumption by the left-wing political elite about that persons intellect or intelligence.
    Racism on the basis of collective ethnic group or culture is instrument by the left-wing political elite as a link to lure the public in political debate in their false concept of ​​a class defined society

  • floridavet

    Mr. Holder wouldn’t recognize an “honest discussion” if it was wearing a red suit and walking down Main St.

    Despicable, lying, racist.

  • John Edward Coleman

    Everhope , How would you , in all your wisdom ? explain away the following ;
    Brunswick, Ga. 03/21/2013 Murder of; 13 month old ” Antonio Santiago ”
    while in his Stroller ! By, De’Marquise Elkins & Dominique Lang ???

    I look forward to your wisdom and Honesty !!!

    John C.