As US Attorney General Eric Holder gets ready to retire, many different people and groups are reflecting on his career and particularly his record as the Attorney General. Immediately following the announcement of his resignation, Fox News and other conservative talking heads went on vitriolic attacks, and while some of the criticism was accurate, a lot of it amounted to nothing short of racist ramblings.
On the flip-side, people on the so-called left, like Al Sharpton piled on the praise calling Attorney General Eric Holder the best US Attorney General in history which is not saying much considering the bar is really low. Eric Holder counted as personal inspiration, Robert Kennedy, who served as the US Attorney General of his brother President John F. Kennedy. Both the Kennedys are held in high esteem by some members of the Black community despite the fact both were engaged in spying on civil rights leaders of their time, used some of the civil rights leaders to hijack the 1963 March on Washington from grassroots organizations and signed off on the FBI’s violent and illegal war on those engaged in the Black Liberation Movement, some of its victims still being tortured in prisons to this day.
Considering the media work of the Black Talk Media Project through the Black Talk Radio Network, which was inspired by an interview Malcolm X gave on the power of media, it would be appropriate to look back on an interview given by Eric Holder on the same subject.
After being appointed by President Ronald Reagan and working as a federal judge in the District of Columbia, Holder would later resign and was appointed as the US Attorney of the District of Columbia. During this time period, harsh and racist crack cocaine legislation was advanced by Congress to target Black people living in poverty in inner cities across the United States. Drug War violence escalated during this same period.
As a US Attorney in a predominantly Black district, Holder gave a speech in which he endorsed the use of media to change the mindset of “young people” so that they would not think it was “cool” to carry guns. He correctly intimated that the entertainment industry was promoting violence and other negative behaviors to youth, something that continues to this day by companies like Clear Channel that not only pay people like Rush Limbaugh to spew racist, vitriolic and partisan social political rhetoric, but owns quite a few of the radio stations that are targeting the Black community with corporate rap music that contains a destructive message.
While many in the black grassroots community do not and have not ever supported anti-second amendment movements of the left, Holder’s acknowledgement of the power of media to control the minds of the masses is worth noting and while the mission of the Black Talk Media Project is not to control minds but to inform them about social political issues, his comments reinforce our commitment to creating truly independent Black media sources.
Eric Holder will remain in his position as the US Attorney General until his successor is nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate.
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