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Eric Holder's Ploy to Divert Attention from Obama's Expanded Prisons Budget

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Attorney General Eric Holder claims to have just discovered racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing in the United States. That’s like Robert E. Lee claiming to be surprised at the existence of slavery. Holder is making noises like a prison reformer to divert attention from the fact that Obama’s budget calls for increased funding for prisons, in the midst of austerity. It’s a con game.

 

Eric Holder's Ploy to Divert Attention from Obama's Expanded Prisons Budget

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Holder claims to have experienced a revelation about the impact of race on crime and punishment in this country.”

Eric Holder Holder has been the top law enforcement officer of the United States for more than four years, overseeing a federal prison system of almost 220,000 inmates and with responsibility to protect the rights of two million more prisoners under state and local jurisdiction. All of these populations are disproportionately Black – and have been so for longer than Eric Holder has been alive. Yet, the attorney general pretends to have only just discovered that prosecutors are tougher on Black defendants, and that judges give Blacks longer sentences than whites for the same crimes. Is it really even remotely plausible, that racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing are news to our attorney general? Or did Holder think that the mostly Black audience at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, where he made the remarks, was full of idiots?

(Well, then again, they do follow Al Sharpton, and might believe anything.)

Still, Eric Holder has some nerve, acting as if he’s a newcomer to the criminal justice system when, in fact, the buck stops with him and President Obama when it comes to law and order in the United States. Now in his and Obama’s second term, Holder claims to have experienced a revelation about the impact of race on crime and punishment in this country. With a straight face, he declared: “It is time to ask ourselves some fundamental questions about our criminal justice system.”

He is requesting more money for the federal prison system.”

Actually, Holder is a couple of centuries late in asking those questions, which have been answered over and over again in studies and reports too numerous to mention, virtually all of which have concluded that Blacks are surveilled and stopped more than whites, charged with harsher offenses than whites for the same behavior, prosecuted more vigorously, sentenced to more time for the same crimes, and forced to serve their sentences in worse conditions. These are facts that have been established through generations of research. Holder’s pretense of ignorance is beyond contempt. The next thing you know, Obama’s Secretary of Labor will claim to have just discovered that Black unemployment has been roughly twice that of whites for most of the last half century.

Holder is simply following his boss’s lead. The Obama style is to make little noises or gestures that appear vaguely liberal – like acknowledging the existence of unfairness – and then turn around and do something that makes the situation worse. For instance, Obama gave lots of eloquent speeches on the vital role that Social Security and other entitlements play in society –and then wound up trying to gut these same programs. Even as Obama cuts deep into the bone and marrow of vital government services, he is requesting more money for the federal prison system, including funding for a brand new state-of-the-art supermax prison in illinois that will house 400 inmates in solitary confinement – that is, in a perpetual state of torture. The Bureau of Prisons, which Eric Holder oversees, would get a 4 percent increase in funding. Holder is pretending to be some kind of babe in the woods, or even a closet prison reformer, to divert attention from the fact that this is a pro-prison administration.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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"What would Sharpton do?"

 

Quote:  "Or did Holder think that the mostly Black audience at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, where he made the remarks, was full of idiots?"

Of course he did, and why shouldn't he?  There's a sucker for Obama born every minute.  And why did Holder make these comments in front of Sharpton's inept, ineffective, grand-standing NAN whom no one (not even Detroiters) put much stock in?  We all know why, they know Rev. Al ain't no different from the "revolutionaries" on the Detroit City Council.  Dangle a dollar in front of a N*gga and watch him coon and dance the jig all night long.  

These dumbasses--Rev. Al and his ilk and the majority of Black Americans--are content that Holder gave them 2 meaningless seconds of his time, to LIE to them.  It shows the rest of us itty bitty Negroes how much "clout" and a legend in their own minds Rev. Al and his worthless minions are.  

The issue isn't Holder or Obama being bald-faced liars, any critical thinker knows they've perfected that (as you describe) to an art form.  The bigger issue is what does Rev. Al and the NAN and Black folks like us tend to do about it, beside complain-- like Holder's crocodile tears-- about "fairness?"

p.s.  These N*g**s content to walk around the hotel/conference lobby talking about the "Black" A.G. who was appointed by the "Black" President giving their dumb Black asses the time of day.  Whoopde damn doo.

 The man is so forked tounged

 The man is so forked tounged its not even funny... Here we have an administration who has consistently decided to further subsidize a failed "Drug War Policy"  On our dime of course....

Refusing to even make a statement on two states who have decided to regulate a product that the cartels depend on for 60% of their profit. I.E (Cannabis)

While private prisons entice state goverments to hand over their failing prisons ...For a guaranteed 90% occupancy rate of couse...

and he has the audacity to mumur his disapproval of the statistics, as if his department didnt just allow HSBC to walk for money laundering billions of drug cartel profits.....

Im sure they probably just zombie clapped ..and smiled.......

 

 

Goodness Gracious.

Is it asking TOO MUCH to simply have Obama or Holder address recidivism/andor/ Prisoner-Reentry policies, or CONDITIONS OF INCARCERATION  let alone the "fairness" in sentencing issue?  The Federal Courts acknowledged racial disparities in drug sentencing long ago.  Is the Federal Courts ahead of Obama and Holder?

Why does the American Public tolerate the rape, abuse, degradation, psychological harm, et. al that is part and parcel of the prison complex?  Let alone impoverished families being sapped with exhoribitant incarceration costs:  phone calls, commissary,  and so on.  Why are we releasing more damaged goods than folks who are rehabilitated and equipped to integrate into society?  

How about we tackle this EVEN BF we tackle the phony Drug War and or sentencing fairness?

How about we address CONDITIONS OF INCARCERATION AND REHABILITATION?  I'm talking about men of color and White Men also, walking out of prison as something other than pro-AIDS-infected, misogynistic, inhumane, MONSTERs?

Black Women are the #1 demographic suffering from AIDS.   Anybody ever ask why?  The CDC's research might be a starting point.  

How about folk coming out of prison as something less than MONSTERS who destroy Black Women (or White, Brown, Red and Yellow Women) who are the foundation and bulwark of  their respective or our collective communities?  Why can't Barack and Holder connect the MoFo dots?

INTERNAL prison reform let alone EXTERNAL reform?  Is a N** asking too much????

 

would it be ok

if the imprisonment was proportional and the numbers were the same?  Is racism the deeper problem, or is the police state the deeper problem?

Great Question

If you look at INCREASED incarceration rates among White men and women, you might vote for the Police State.

The Police State is an equal opportunity ass-kicker.

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