I read Attorney General Eric Holder’s quote about using a possible Civil Rights charge against George Zimmerman, if it was warranted, and my head about exploded. Here is the full quote:
“As most of you know, three weeks ago, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into this incident, which remains open at this time, and prevents me from talking in detail about this matter,” he said.
“Although I cannot share where current efforts will lead us from here, I can assure you that, in this investigation – and in all cases – we will examine the facts and the law,” said Holder. “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action. And, at every step, the facts and the law will guide us forward” (Elizabeth Harrington of CNS News Quotes).
This comment is absurd on the face of it, but in reality it speaks to the real perception of the Attorney General, and I believe of the President. I am not going to pretend to know what it is like to be black, but I can speak to experience of being discriminated against. As a soldier in Germany in the early 1990’s, it was not uncommon to walk into a restaurant or bar in certain parts of the country and be denied service because of my American Citizenship. The first time it happened, it made my blood boil, but I realized soon after that was not a personal issue I had but was in fact a problem with those who denied me service. What a teachable moment for a 21 year old. It also wasn’t the last time it happened, and more often than that the German people were just like me. They were interested in living their lives and being left alone. Some of the older generation were still very grateful for the actions of the United States during WWII and didn’t hesitate to say so.
Three years ago, the United States people elected a man of color as President-Barack Obama. It was and still is an historic achievement for our great nation, but the single act of the election itself proved that the majority of people in the United States had moved past the race issue. The sad part about the election was that over the past three years, it seems that many times the only two people to not have moved past the race issue are the President and his Attorney General. Multiple times they have had the opportunity to step in and end the debate, after all, wasn’t that what the election was about? Hope andChange? It wasn’t just economic hope and change, it was supposed to be about racial hope and change. The President ran on being the President of the United States, not of Red and Blue States, but what has come about is that the President himself has done nothing to end the race issue. Everytime there has been an issue, the President has come down on the side of color and not of fact. The Beer Summit, remember that waste of time? The President criticized the Police for their handling of the situation and he has not changed as he interjected himself into the Trayvon Martin shooting. It has been a bad situation from the start, but neither the President nor the Attorney General has stepped into calm the issue. They have both interjected themselves in a biased and racial manner and have fanned the flames of the issue instead of publicly excoriating those who push the race issue.
Now Reverend Wright has re-emerged with his anti-United States Rhetoric. Louis Farrakhan called Jesus today a Black Muslim, and if the President is a true Christian and above the race issue, shouldn’t he step in immediately and chastise the Muslim Leader because we are a nation of Judeo-Christian values. Right?
But there has been no comment and there will not be one.
The definition of Civil Rights as found online at Merriam-Webster:
Definition of CIVIL RIGHTS
The 14th Amendment Section 1 reads: AMENDMENT XIV
Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
This was ratified in 1868 and since then has been interpreted to the point where now Trayvon Martin was the victim of a potential Civil Rights Crime? I have a hard time understanding where this is even rational, but let’s assume it is, then who is speaking up for the 24 year old mother and her 1 year old baby who were shot in Chicago last night when someone shot randomly at their house. The mother and baby were sleeping and the mother was shot in the leg and the baby was shot in the head! Is this not a Civil Rights Violation the same as the Martin case?
Has not the State of Illinois failed to protect the rights of this 1 year old child? Has she not been denied a right to life or liberty without Due Process? Chicago Shooting Where is the President on this act of violence in his hometown?
He is silent. This Civil Rights Discussion has gone too far. It has become a political bludgeon for the Left and their take on fairness, but where is fairness for this family? The 24 year old who was shot had to suffer through her sister getting gunned down four years earlier. Is this the great battle?
No, this is criminal activity going unchecked and on this one and the other 120 Homicides in Chicago alone this year (more than one day), the President is silent.
Because it is politically inexpedient and because if he truly focused on it, he would have to be the President of the United States, not just the President of the Electoral Swing States.
I am not absolving any other previous administration, but none of them ran on Hope and Change and at least the previous four Presidents had the courage to lead. This one can’t lead and won’t lead the people who need him most.