Many critics of the Obama administration cite Attorney General Eric Holder as a major object of their ire. As the first black Justice Department head, he also achieved the dubious distinction of being held in contempt of Congress and has earned a reputation of interpreting the law to suit his own partisan views.
While Holder continues to criticize Republican lawmakers for the contempt charge, he recently embraced the reputation he has among many conservatives of being a race-obsessed activist.
“If you want to call me an activist attorney general,” Holder told Juan Williams during a recent interview, “I will proudly accept that label.”
He lamented the “issues we as a society are working our way through,” including problems he said have a “disproportionate impact on communities of color.”
As a result, Holder alleged, it is his job to move the nation’s top law enforcement agency in a new direction.
He concluded that his position is merely a mirror of the acutely racist society he claims still dominates the U.S.
“The justice system is part of the larger society; and to the extent there are racial issues we are still grappling with, it’s not a shock that you are going to see them in the justice system,” he said.
Holder cited “a whole range of ways the justice system, if it is run properly, can make this country the country it wants to be.”
He asserted that, by not abiding by his ideals, the previous administration did not have an adequate Justice Department.
“In the years, I think, before I came to the attorney general’s office the department lost his way,” he contended.
That expression of apparent superciliousness was followed by yet another brazen defense of activism. Holder told Williams that he has a message for those who describe his Justice Department as such.