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In a recent interview with ABC, Attorney General Eric Holder told the truth about the role played by white racial resentment and racism in the White Right's opposition to Barack Obama where he said how:

“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
The readers' comments in response to Holder's statement are boilerplate "colorblind" conservative racism: they follow the tired, but still very revealing script, where white racists use racist logic and speech to deny that they are in fact racists.

Movement conservatism is a white supremacist ideology. Its adherents and advocates are unable to reason outside of that framework; white supremacy is their normal and foundational assumption about the nature of empirical reality. Moreover, white conservatives become extremely agitated and rageful when the role of white supremacy as a unifying ideology for their political belief system is exposed.

Religious fundamentalists act the same way when the concept of God is challenged as a childish myth and fantasy. Contemporary conservatism is a cult where white supremacy is one of the godheads. Both rage at their heretics and those others who are non-believers.

This is not the first time that Holder has stated some plain and obvious facts about how the election of a black man to the office of the President of the United States of America has caused a racist fever state among Republicans and Tea Party zealots.

Eric Holder is a "race man" who is more willing to tell the direct and raw truth relative to Obama's more restrained, "politically correct" and (too my eyes) pragmatic and tolerant (in the worst way) political personality. Holder was not elected; Obama has had to navigate the pressures of reelection. Those dynamics have guided how and to what degree both are willing to talk about white supremacy and white racism as the raison d'etre of conservatism in the post civil rights era.

On this point, Politico's very revealing and sharp examination of Holder's tenure as Attorney General suggested that:

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.”

Holder himself recently told another African-American friend that he feels part of his job is “to talk about things the president can’t talk about as easily.” Asked to describe Holder’s role, one of his former top aides described him as “Obama’s heat shield.”

There is a paradox at the heart of white racial resentment and rage towards Barack Obama and Eric Holder.

Obama has done remarkably little to directly improve the life chances of Black Americans. Eric Holder presides over a prison industrial complex which disproportionately and unfairly incarcerates black and brown people. The White Right should be clapping at the relative lack of racial progress during the last few decades, and Obama's essentially conservative, center right approach to the politics of race in the United States. They instead to choose to hate the United States' first black president. The symbolic politics of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America are too much for those who are psychically invested in whiteness to accept.

Why is Eric Holder finally telling the truth about deep union between white conservatism and white supremacy in the Age of Obama?

Is he the mouthpiece for Obama's private frustrations where both men are now thinking about their historical legacies as "race men", either real or perceived?

Or is Eric Holder trying to goad and provoke the bigots in the Tea Party GOP into an overreaction, one that will further reveal their white supremacist allegiances?

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  •  I'm finding it difficult to care. (9+ / 0-)

    It's not as if he were going to do anything about it.

    Perhaps if African Americans were Wall Street banks, or at least Chiquita Banana.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23:43 PM PDT

  •  This truth only enrages conservatives and is (9+ / 0-)

    irrelevant to a significant portion of white Democrats and Independents.  Holder's speaking out now because it can't harm the President's electoral chances.  Obama doesn't speak out because it's undignified for the President of the United States to complain about racism directed towards "him", it comes off as "whining".  Everyone who wanted to understand this truth got it years ago.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:50:11 PM PDT

  •  I'll Just Be Cynical as Hell (10+ / 0-)

    instead of cynical as Purgatory, which I usually am.

    They don't want to lose the Senate, and between the usual midterm voting patterns and voter disenfranchisement in the states, they need to tweak up the African-American turnout a little bit.

    What else could it be?

    There's no chance of winning the House which means there's no chance of Democrats being able to pass any progressive legislation for the rest of Mr. Obama's tenure.

    There's no bills in the works that would pass if we had a rally of African American voters.

    Mr. Obama's not running again so there isn't any personal value to him in having his support numbers tick up a little.

    I just think the House/Senate polling is a little too close for comfort.

    Plus it's mid summer; if the response is poor they can cut it off quick with minimal damage.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:54:32 PM PDT

  •  Historically, AG's have been taking heat for... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...their bosses in the White House for a couple of decades...at the very least.

    It would also be a natural for Holder to be running interference and politically "going there," especially now, since Biden's more behind-the-scenes than normal; and he never was the go-to person on race issues, anyhow. (V.P.'s tend to do this, historically--i.e.: run interference--as well, of course; but, perhaps, right now it might have something to do with the fact that the Party status quo has basically blown him off in favor of Hillary over the past six months? Just speculatin'...)

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:26:59 PM PDT

    •  This is all failure and bullshit (0+ / 0-)

      The AG isn't supposed to be on the President's team: he's supposed to impartially uphold the law even when the President or his people break it.

      It is inappropriate for the AG to defend the President on any matter at all. They are not a team, they don't "work together". If Holder wanted that he should have been press secretary.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 08:49:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  He's a member of the Cabinet... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...and just as much part of the administration as any Secretary.  His words and actions reflect upon the President.  If we wanted him to be truly independent we would have to elect him directly like some states do.

  •  Isn't Holder leaving soon? (0+ / 0-)

    I suspect he's become more honest about racial matters recently because he's about out of there. On the other hand, Holder has always seemed to be more honest than the president when it comes to race.

    Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    by moviemeister76 on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:08:29 PM PDT

  •  Being a plain speaking yankee I suggest that (2+ / 0-)
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    the main stream media and all other voices in the public discourse about President Obama GET Fuc**ng REAL about the deep unabated hatred a lot of white folks have for this man - especially those who are now calling for his IMPEACHMENT!

     The ONLY thing President Obama is guilty of thus far in the discharge of his elected office duties is BPWB, i.e., BEING PRESIDENT WHILE BLACK!

    All the rest is hot air flowing over pure bull shit!!

  •  In the first term, he said people (0+ / 0-)

    are cowards on the issue of race right? Cowards for not confronting it or something?

    So I dont know that he is finally speaking his mind about the issue.

  •  One morning, a few weeks ago, (2+ / 0-)
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    a diary was posted here to draw attention to an article that appeared in  Newsweek, the zombie publication that now publishes rightwing poison pen propaganda. The story said a White House staffer, and former lobbyist for the financial industry, had intervened on behalf of the President to obtain a lenient settlement in a federal case against Credit Suisse. Newsweek's allegation followed the Too Big To Fail narrative formula which the diarist recapped.

    The problem is that the Credit Suisse case wasn't an example of Too Big to Fail and the settlement wasn't lenient. 8 or 9 bankers were prosecuted for conspiring with their American clients to hide assets in Switzerland to avoid paying US taxes. Sentencing is scheduled in early August. Switzerland will no longer maintain the secrecy that made it a tax haven for the rich. There are more details. Effective July 1, tax havens around the world, including the Cayman Islands, began reporting income paid in their jurisdictions to Americans. The real story is nothing like what Newsweek reported.

    The accused White House staffer is a black man who was hired by Obama to launch an initiative known as "My Brother's Keeper," a program that fulfills a promise made after Trayvon Martin was murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" works with schools, communities, and businesses, to correct the social problems that black and latino boys and young men encounter as obstacles in everyday life. It focuses on common sense objectives like reducing the high school drop out rate. It takes a village, as someone once said. A real life social network. Eric Holder is a visible promoter of the program.

    Racism didn't end and it needs to be understood for what it is and confronted. Bigotry isn't just another political position or ideology. It doesn't come from thought or the intellect.

    It's a process practiced by people consumed by hatred to deny others their inherent human equality.  

  •  Holder+tenure (3+ / 0-)

       He has stated that he wants to resign in the near term.  If I was to guess, he will direct as many of his lawyers as possible to review cases that President Obama can pardon this year - and then resign.

        For all the discontent about Sec. Holder here at KOS, the one thing that has been visible (at least to me) is the amount of Medicare / Medicaid Fraud that has been ajudicated in the past 5+ years.  

         Folks here and elsewhere have complained about DOJ, but he has sent people to jail and recovered billions in this singular endeavor.     Some could easily have followed the GWB game-plan - make one or two high profile cases and then shut down all other investigations.  

          In a bureaucracy - one can only do so much with the staff - they can't just fire all the burrowed employees, sigh.

          When I look back and evaluate what was done, it is always with at least some knowledge / background of the condition of the agency when any of these SEC took over their department.

          And that is my pragmatic statement for the day!

  •  I don't like being... (0+ / 0-)

    ...spied on by black people any more than I like to be spied on by white people. If Obama and Holder continue to build this surveillance state they will continue to encounter opposition by freedom-loving Americans.

    It's entirely possible that some of the opposition to Obama is race-based, but then again, there was even more seething hatred of (white) Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 08:44:44 PM PDT

  •  Bill Maher has said.. (2+ / 0-)
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    ..."The President is half white and half black.  His first term was the white term; I'm looking forward to the black term."

  •  That would be why the president takes so much heat (0+ / 0-)
    Asked to describe Holder’s role, one of his former top aides described him as “Obama’s heat shield.”
    Holder has been invisible.  He's not shielding anyone from anything.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 10:34:44 PM PDT

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