Holder: I'm Attorney General, 'But I Am Also a Black Man'

In Ferguson, he says we need 'concrete action' on race, not just talk
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
Holder: I'm Attorney General, 'But I Am Also a Black Man'
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol speaks after meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

In his visit to Ferguson, Mo., yesterday, Eric Holder told residents that he understands their frustration about police. "I am the attorney general of the United States," he said. "But I am also a black man,” Holder recounted being stopped by police on a Washington street while he and his cousin ran to catch a movie, reports Politico. "I was a federal prosecutor," he said. "I wasn't a kid." He also recalled being pulled over twice in New Jersey and accused of speeding as cops searched his car, reports Fox News.

"I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was," he told the crowd, and later in the day said, "We can make it better." While he praised the "good dialogue" going on about race relations, he added that "dialogue is not enough. We need concrete action to change things in this country." Holder also met with Michael Brown's parents for about 20 minutes and promised a "fair and independent" investigation. Meanwhile, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said last night was "a very good night" in Ferguson, with just six arrests, reports the AP. (More Eric Holder stories.)

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