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Eric Holder on Civil Rights

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Federally recognize same-sex marriage

In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. The Justice Department runs a number of benefits programs, and Holder says same-sex couples will qualify for them.

Just as in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the stakes in the current generation over same-sex marriage rights "could not be higher," said Holder. "The Justice Department's role in confronting discrimination must be as aggressive today as it was in Robert Kennedy's time," Holder said of the attorney general who played a leadership role in advancing civil rights.

Source: CBS News, "Expand Recognition of Same-sex Marriages" , Feb 8, 2014

Only a nation of cowards won't come to grips with racism

The charge of racism is leveled at patriotic Americans so often because the people making the charge actually believe it. They think America--at least America as it currently exists--is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country. Barack Obama seems to believe this, too. Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections. In retrospect, I guess this shouldn't surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to rants against America and white people. It also makes sense, then, that the man President Obama made his attorney general, Eric Holder, would call us a "nation of cowards" for failing to come to grips with what he described as the persistence of racism.
Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 26 , Nov 23, 2010

First black US Attorney for District of Columbia

In 1993 Eric H. Holder, Jr. joined the ranks of top-level federal prosecutors when he was named U.S. attorney for Washington, DC. Holder, who was appointed by President Clinton, is the first black ever to serve as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, a region that is more than 70 percent black. Holder’s confirmation by Congress was seen as a positive step toward greater self-determination for the crime-ridden area.
Source: Biography on answers.com , Nov 18, 2008

Member of “Concerned Black Men” to help minority youngsters

Holder enrolled at Columbia University. There he majored in American history, earning top grades, and he spent his spare time absorbing black culture at Harlem landmarks. Feeling a responsibility toward fellow black Americans who were less fortunate than himself, Holder began spending his Saturday mornings at a Harlem youth center and taking selected young people on trips around the city. He joined the Concerned Black Men, a national organization dedicated to helping minority youngsters.
Source: Biography on answers.com , Nov 18, 2008

Racism is alive and well in this country

In a Washington Post profile, Holder said, “Being black and middle class means you’ve got your feet in both worlds.... Racism is alive and well in this country, but that doesn’t excuse or justify the acts of the people who come before you. Every person who comes before you as an adult and talks about the deprived life he’s had, there are 10, 15, 20 people from that same neighborhood who are just trying to make it, and those are the people who are the victims.”
Source: Biography on answers.com , Nov 18, 2008

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