DOJ Eric Holder: All This Talk About New Black Panthers Demeans ‘My People’

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The Department of Justice, under the leadership of Eric Holder, dropped a case against the New Black Panthers who were intimidating voters in Philadelphia on election day 2008. Any criticism of said decision, according to Eric Holder, is now demeaning to “his people.” What about the people who were intimidated by the New Black Panthers? Aren’t they his people, too? Isn’t justice supposed to be blind?

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During a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, accused Holder’s DOJ of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the decision to dismiss the case. Holder seemed to take personal offense when Culberson read comments from former Democratic activist Bartle Bull condemning the decision as the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed during his career.

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“Think about that,” Holder fired back. “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, an African American.

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“To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, to say some Black Panther incident is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history,” the attorney general said.

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Rush Limbaugh slammed Holder for his comments, and said maybe Holder should be offended that Rep. Charlie Rangel compared abolishing collective bargaining to reinstating slavery.

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Maggie has much more.

Update: Memeorandum has a thread and linked.

Troglopundit linked -thanks!