Wednesday, April 25, 2012
When news came out that a third "Fast & Furious" gun had been used in the brutal killing of US Patrol Border Agent Brian Terry, and the gun had subsequently been hidden by the Justice Department to disguise their involvement, people wanted to know "where is Eric Holder" to give answers?
When the New Black Panthers recently put a price on the head of George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin, law-abiding folks again asked "where is Eric Holder? Why isn't he arresting those people?"
And only days ago, when a white man was beaten nearly to death by a mob of blacks using chairs, pipes, and paint cans in the name of "justice for Trayvon," people again found themselves asking "where is Eric Holder?!" And now we know.
He was busy filing a far more important legal action: in this case, suing the city of Jacksonville, Florida for requiring black firefighters to take the same written exams as every other firefighter in order to qualify for promotions.
The Justice Department argues that the tests have "disparate impact" on black firefighters because those firefighters get significantly lower scores than white firefighters...and therefore, the results can only be explained by racism, and such testing needs to be stopped immediately. Based on this logic, we assume that Mr. Holder will also be filing suit against the SAT testing service, since Asians tend to score better than other ethnic groups...and therefore that test must be racist.
Unless, of course, it isn't - and instead reflects things like how hard someone has studied, the quality of their education, and - just possibly - their innate mental ability. And all three of those qualities should be legitimate concerns when weighing leadership positions within life-and-death professions like firefighting.
Frankly, Hope n' Change finds it unacceptable that Mr. Holder would assert that in the 21st century, with one black man as president and another as Attorney General, African-Americans are simply incapable of competing scholastically with other ethnicities.
On the other hand, if he's right it might explain why Holder previously pronounced Arizona's immigration law unconstitutional without ever having read it.
Maybe he thought he couldn't.