|“My people” comment excludes white people from legal protection|
At the end of 2005’s The Island those who have been cloned emerge from an artificial world that is falling apart and into the sunlight for the first time. It becomes obvious to them that the lies they were told about winning a “lottery” and escaping to a mythical island were told to delude them and merely fill their heads with false hope.
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder’s frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
“Think about that,” Holder said. “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, who is black.
Holder noted that his late sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, helped integrate the University of Alabama.
“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,” Holder said with evident exasperation.
Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) only nod their heads in approval at the logic Holder uses to justify current discrimination, knowing that the white privilege they have been blessed with has enabled them to secure jobs in cities far removed from Black people (Black people of means feel the same way).
The Justice Department stonewalled efforts by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate the dismissal of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party, leaving open the question of whether the department is willing to pursue civil rights cases “in which whites were the perceived victims and minorities the alleged wrongdoers.”
In a 144-page report completed in November and released over the weekend, the commission said its lengthy investigation had uncovered “numerous specific examples of open hostility and opposition” within the department’s Civil Rights Division to pursuing cases in which whites were the victims.
Recall the words of Comedy Central’s Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore. Don’t remember? In a bit on 2050 – when whites become the minority in America – he interviewed a bunch of white kids (watch the 2:15 mark carefully) and was told by these same kids that they aren’t upset that whites will be the minority.
He uttered – very matter of fact – “You will be.”
Eric Holder has made it clear that we don’t need to wait until 2050 as “You will be” sorry in 2011.
Michael Bay directed The Island. At the end of that film, people who have been lied to about salvation and hope awake. A world they were told was dead comes alive, immediately erasing all the lies of the past.
It is comments like Holder’s that help bolster the ranks of those who can see and punctuates are own dispossession now, instead of 39 years into the future.For us at SBPDL, Holder’s comment represents an Island moment. We won’t have to be sorry in 2050 for the things our ancestors did; we have to be sorry now and accept the inequality being erected all around us.
Ending to The Island is here.