Holder: Forget 'Hateful Rants,' Real Racism Lurks Quietly
Cites disparities in sentencing, voting, education as far more damaging
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2014 7:29 AM CDT
This April 17, 2014 file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder speaking in Overland Park, Kansas.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

(Newser) – Eric Holder dismissed the likes of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy and their very public brouhahas, and focused on "policies that disenfranchise specific groups" as "more pernicious than hateful rants." His commencement speech yesterday at Baltimore's Morgan State University marked his most pointed commentary on race since early in his tenure when he controversially derided the US as a "nation of cowards," reports the LA Times. "A criminal justice system that treats groups of people differently—and punishes them unequally—has a much more negative impact than misguided words that we can reject out of hand."

Holder hammered the point over and over again, contending that "the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines." He also swiped at the Supreme Court's recent decision on affirmative action, citing Sonia Sotomayor's dissent that we must not "wish away, rather than confront" racism. His comments came on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The Washington Post has a complete transcript.

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harold snyder
May 19, 2014 9:09 AM CDT
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Chris Farley
May 19, 2014 7:44 AM CDT
Racism is alive and well in most countries on this earth and across most races. Bigotry seems to be the flavor of the month lately. From Bundy, Stearling, to JayZ and the 5% BS.
Corsica
May 19, 2014 7:39 AM CDT
"policies that disenfranchise specific groups" - Holder. These "specific groups" disenfranchise themselves by acting like savages. They're outraged at being arrested for commiting crimes. "Disparities" in education exist because they're too stupid and lazy to do the work and have no aptitude for knowledge. It's strange that these light-skinned, mixed race blacks like Holder scream and chant the loudest about situations that don't exist.