If exposing hypocrisy is the eternal goal, one has to love the incongruent juxtaposition of Attorney General Eric Holder and Rev. Jesse Jackson talking about (what else?) race in America.
Holder, in a sit down with CBS Face The Nation’s graying left-winger Bob Schieffer, says Americans remain afraid to talk about race, and sort of suggests that he can’t for the life of him understand it.
Jackson, in an interview about LeBron James (because, after all, what could be more important?), not only is defiantly unafraid but applies it to a blatantly absurd premise, that the owner of James’ former team, a white guy, was angry when his star signed a whopping contract with Miami because he harbored a sense of ownership of James. Jackson somehow transformed James from a money crazed pro athlete into a “runaway slave”.
First, Holder. Attending something called the Aspen Ideas Conference (where the liberal ideas on tap are as old as Schieffer but have aged less gracefully), Holder was asked by Schieffer most predictably, “Do you see any sign that we are doing better on (racial dialog)?”
This would have been an opportunity for the Attorney General of Hope and Change to launch into a discussion about how his recent handling of the Black Panthers voter intimidation episode shows that racially motivated oppression of democracy is not tolerated, regardless of one’s race or party. In other words, to demonstrate his post-racial courage.
Oh, but wait. Holder’s Justice Department dropped its investigation and case against the actions of baton-wielding, beret sporting Panthers on Election Day 2008. Instead, Holder replied with a cliche ridden ramble about “getting to a better place”, noting that “people feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues out of fear” and lamenting a “need for a dialog about things racial”.
Schieffer, in a 30-minute interview, failed to ask as much as one question about the Black Panthers case. Not one. That was not the only miss. He did not ask Holder to explain why people are “uncomfortable” talking race. Could it be that every opponent of Obama’s radical agenda is automatically a “racist”? Didn’t the First Lady go there in her NAACP speech the other day when she decried the “stubborn inequality” in America even as the NCAAP was poised to formally discredit the Tea Party movement?
Or maybe another reason is people like the Rev. Jackson. Somehow, the delusional Rev. turned a clash of egos among NBA millionaires/billionaires into plantation-style racism story. FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock, a black sportswriter who routinely distinguishes himself by making a distinction between racism in sports and race-card baiting, moved swiftly to discredit Jackson’s rant.
Whitlock: “From all reports, James knew months ago he was going to (sign a contract with) Miami. His interviews (with other potential teams) were a farce. He invited white billionaires to grovel at his feet. And Jesse Jackson wants to call (Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan) Gilbert a slave owner?”
Imagine what Jackson et al will say in 2012 when the nation’s voters, many motivated by Tea Party awakenings, sign on with a new team?