Eric Holder: Focus on Black Panther Case Demeans “My People”: (Politico)- Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder’s frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
“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, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate….to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people,” said Holder, who is black. (full article)
Ha, fortuitous timing. They (race baiters) must have all gotten the same memo simultaneously: Charlie Rangel Says Abolishing Unions Collective Bargaining “Close to Slavery”…(Briefing Room)- State governments taking steps to “abolish” collective bargaining rights for workers is similar to slavery, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) contends.
Speaking Monday at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) event about GOP-proposed budget cuts, Rangel brought up Republican governors’ plans to target public sector workers, as in the case of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget fix plan in Wisconsin.
“It doesn’t really make any sense at all for the president of the United States to talk about creating jobs in order to improve the economy and find out that mayors and governors are talking about laying off people,” Rangel said. “Collective bargaining is something that is so close to slavery in terms of abolishing it, that it is not an American concept to tell people that they cannot discuss their economic position.”
Blah, Blah, Blah….. Two recent progressive examples.
FIRST: Do unions have influence over presidents … particularly Democrat presidents … like the incredible Barack Obama? You betcha. Remember that just last week, AFL-CIO union boss Richard Trumka declared that he speaks to someone in the Obama White House every day. And he brags about visiting the White House two, three times every week.
Early on in Obama’s presidency, White House logs revealed the most frequent visitor to the White House was none other than Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The fact is that these unions got these Democrats elected, and they keep them in power, and you can bet that these unions aren’t going to let them forget it. That’s called influence, and it would seem that the unions are carrying plenty in Washington; perhaps even enough to call some of the more errant shots we’ve seen from the White House. But to point out this fact is … wait for it … racist! That, according to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Here’s a transcript of a recent interview of his:
The Republican party is saying that the president of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this president around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss.
Give me a big league break here, you idiot. (But then again, he is on MSNBC). Now we have the ObamaMedia trying to play the race card! They are trying to paint the GOP opposition to these unions as having an underlying racial connotation. Well, I guess it’s been a while since the Left got to use the race card. It was only a matter of time before it came out again. But this use was particularly pathetic. Do you see why the claim of ‘racism’ has lost all meaning in this country?……
SECOND: (The Hill) — Black lawmakers on Monday said GOP-proposed budget cuts would move the country in the opposite direction of the civil rights movement.
The lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, used the last day of Black History Month to argue the GOP-backed cuts would fall hardest on black Americans.
“It’s really especially poignant that this year during Black History Month, the Republican leadership has proposed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that will fall most heavily, mind you, on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society: African Americans, Latinos, and poor, those who have been shut of the American dream,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who described the cuts as ill-timed and destructive.
“At a time when we should be remembering and uplifting the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, to the history, culture, civil rights and economy of America, we are literally during this month debating steps that will severely undercut and undermine that legacy,” she said.
Lee also criticized Republicans for saying “so be it” when asked their reaction to the idea that cuts to government spending might hurt U.S. job growth. “So be it,” she repeated. “That’s not what the Civil Rights movement was about.”
Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) also connected the spending cuts to civil rights, and said improving the GOP spending bill is imperative. “I do believe that if we focus on these continuing resolutions that we’ve been debating, we can have a much better future than the history has been for African Americans in this country,” Clyburn said. (More)