10:05 AM, Feb 27, 2015 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Not long ago, Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree told Politico that Eric Holder "is a race man":
Obama clearly respects Holder’s four decades of experience as an attorney and judge and supports Holder's positions on LGBT rights and racial profiling, often telling his staff he recognizes it’s not all Holder’s fault: The job of attorney general is a “shit magnet” for the most intractable controversies.
But there's another explanation, and according to the two dozen current and former Obama administration officials and confidants of both men I’ve spoken with in recent weeks, it may well be the main reason the first black president of the United States has stood so firmly behind the first black attorney general of the United States: Holder has been willing to say the things Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t say about race.
“He’s a race man,” says Charles Ogletree, a longtime friend of Holder’s who taught and mentored Obama and his wife, Michelle, as Harvard Law School students in the 1980s. “He’s gone farther and deeper into some issues of race than the White House would like, but I know he has the president’s well-wishes. It’s clear [Obama and Holder] believe in the same things.”
Well, Holder's "exit interview" with Politico certainly confirms Ogletree's theory of Holder's worldview:
[W]hen he was asked what book he would recommend to a young person coming to Washington, like his 32-year-old aide Kevin Lewis, who started at the White House at age 26, Holder made a revealing choice: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”
“I say this not to every African-American of his age, but for every American, that you read ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ to see the transition that that man went through, from petty criminal to a person who was severely and negatively afflicted by race, to somebody who ultimately saw the humanity in all of us,” Holder said. “And that would be a book I would recommend to everybody.”
My own #1 book recommendation for young folks coming to Washington probably would have been The Federalist, which would seem slightly more relevant to the work of Washington in general and the Justice Department specifically, but I'm not the attorney general of the United States so what do I know?
Holder goes on to say in this new interview that the most important priority for the Justice Department needs to be to lower the burden of proof necessary for the federal government to prosecute state and local government officials on accusations of civil rights violations.
It depends on which Hollywood you’re talking aboutMar 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
The question that haunted the American motion-picture industry in the two months leading up to the Academy Awards broadcast was this: Is Hollywood racist?
9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is up for reelection, and President Obama stopped by his campaign headquarters to praise his mayor.
6:15 PM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The green-lipstick wearing interviewer of President Barack Obama expressed her concern that the "po-po" (meaning: police officer) might shoot and kill her husband. The interviewer, GloZell Green, made the remarks to the president in an "interview" held today at the White House:
4:25 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
When to mention race and when not? My fellow journalists who covered the funeral of the woman who died in the D.C. Metro last week chose not to mention it. Perhaps they deemed it a distraction, too fraught a subject to bring up at a solemn, family time. My own opinion, for what it’s worth, is that in this instance they missed a significant story.
'Confidence in Race Relations Tumble'
12:04 PM, Jan 16, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news on race relations in the U.S. is disturbing. From Rasmussen's latest poll:
Americans still believe most of their fellow countrymen aren’t racist but think race relations in this country have taken a decided turn for the worse.
'Nobody's Interested More in Good Policing than African-American Community'7:26 AM, Dec 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
America is "less racially divided" now than it was six years ago, President Obama told NPR in an interview. The president was responding to this question, from NPR host Steve Inskeep, "Is the United States more racially divided than it was when you took office six years ago, Mr. President?"
8:40 AM, Dec 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described.
Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States.
12:06 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked by journalist Jorge Ramos why he doesn't more to combat "white privilege" since becoming president of the United States:
Critics complain about racial makeup of 'Exodus'9:18 AM, Dec 9, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
In an article turgidly tallying up the racial backgrounds of the actors appearing in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming movie Exodus, contributor to The Week Jonathan Merritt says that viewers will “notice one ingredient painfully missing: melanin.”
2:37 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama alluded to the recent unrest in Ferguson and New York City in remarks today at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The president talked of "restoring a sense of common purpose."
7:36 AM, Nov 3, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
In the eleventh hour, unaffiliated conservative candidate Joe Visconti gifted the Tom Foley campaign with a much appreciated present.
Chris Christie to Maryland as governor's race shows signs of tightening.1:01 PM, Oct 15, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Every election year, it seems, there’s a race that catches the political set in Washington by surprise. It’s possible that we’ve already seen the 2014 version of this with the defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor, a result few anticipated and fewer still predicted.