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America’s first Black Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving his post after six controversial years hopefully to be replaced by America’s second Black Attorney General Loretta Lynch. As head of the Justice Department, Holder was America’s chief law enforcement officer during that time, making sure in the wake of situations like Ferguson that the law of the land was upheld on the federal level.

For his work to make the justice system more equitable, Holder was honored with an NAACP Image Award this past week. He says it was an honor he won’t soon forget.

“That was a real honor for me to be recognized by the NAACP. They’ve done a lot for the country over the course of century and I was really heartened that Chairman Brock decided to recognize me in the way that she did. It was a lot of fun and it was a great honor.”

Despite his ascension to the top job in law enforcement, Holder says becoming the nation’s first Black Attorney General was not something he consciously planned.

“I went to law school undecided about what I wanted to do and then I kind of fell in love with criminal law, but I never envisioned being the Attorney General,” says Holder. “I had an interest in criminal law and I became a prosecutor and then joined the Justice Department but if somebody told me back in 1976 when I first got here that I would lead the Department, I would have been a little incredulous.”

Holder says that he was ready by the time he was asked by then President-elect Obama to take on the role. Although he’s been heavily criticized by Republicans for advancing an agenda much more progressive than they wanted, he’s also been criticized by progressives who thought he should have done more to make The Justice Department more fair, particularly as it relates to African-American men.

“I’m real proud of the men and women of the department. In terms of our criminal justice reform efforts, I think that combating hate crimes, what we’ve done with LGBT citizens and equality for them, defending the right to vote, working with national security issues in a way that’s consistent with our values, not torturing people and restoring the morale of this department. People tend to orget the state of the Justice department when I got here. I think I’m leaving this department in the way I want to with morale high and real good sense of mission.”

In six years, Holder achieved much of the agenda he set out to, but one glaring disappointment remains a part of his record.

“I think our inability to enact meaningful gun safety measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, especially because the American people wanted it to happen,” Holder says. “But Congress couldn’t get beyond the pressure of the gun lobby. I really regret that we didn’t make something better out of that tragedy.”

Holder can’t leave his post, of course, until nominee Lynch is confirmed, something that is ongoing.  Lynch is a longtime family friend, as she and Holder’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, were among the first women to pledge Delta Sigma Theta at Harvard University.

Was Holder surprised to hear his name so much during the Lynch’s confirmation hearings?

“I was wondering if this was Loretta’s confirmation hearing or a vote on Eric’s stewardship of The Justice Department,” Holder says. “Especially day two, when Senator Leahy asked if there is anyone here who doesn’t think Lynch should be confirmed, raise your hand and nobody raised their hand and I thought ‘Why are they here then?'”

Holder, now 64 says he’s not exactly ‘retiring.” Married to Malone since 1990, the father of three says his wife refers to his next moves as ‘transitioning.’

“I have kids in college and one going to college so I want to stay involved in the work that I’m doing. I’m going to take some time off to recharge but I want to come up with a way to stay involved in civil rights in particular reconciling law enforcement with the communities that we serve and with a continued emphasis on voting rights. These are all the things I want to continue to do.”

 

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13 thoughts on “Eric Holder Honored By NAACP Award, Looking Forward To ‘Transition’ and Lynch Confirmation

  1. HOLDER IS THE MOST CORRUPT ANTI AMERICAN MSLMBRTHHD MEMBERS IN THE USA. THIS SLIMMY ANTI WHITE BIGGOT SHOULD BE TRIED FOR TREASON AND GIVEN THE ALTIMATE PUNISHMENT FOR THE PUBLIC TO WATCH. NO LOVE LOST FOR THIS RACIST PIECE OF SHT!!

  2. HOLDET TO A T::A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” By: Marcus Tullius Cicero

  3. Timekeeeper on said:

    Wow, the Klan must be on holiday today, because they are all here with there no account hateful, racially charged, no facts needed Faux news, bigoted mentality And that’s just for openers.

    • writingkat on said:

      I suppose it means I’m a racist if I say Holder is a lying sack (Fast/furious, anyone?), and you’re so blind and deluded, you must be on drugs. I’m sure the “rumors” that Sharpton is a tax cheat and a coward are just more “conspiracies” by the tea party.
      Oh well.

  4. Ebola Jenkins on said:

    Nikcaz Always Angry at Caucasian People is honoring this Uncle Tom??? SMFH… Both he and Obama sold out black-America for the Latino vote, Gay hype-up, and Brown-Muslim sheltering… Why come a Nikca can’t get a job?… Go ask the illegal-immigrants…

  5. I saw the headlines and focused on the part that said “Lynch confirmation” and was hoping, but sometimes good things are just not meant to be….

  6. Don’t honor Holder, he should be prosecuted for crimes against the Constitution. Absolut worst attorney general this country has ever seen. Also, Americans don’t want gun control. This has been proven time and again, yet the liberal morons want it so they think americans want it. Bull !!!
    Eric Holder should be in jail for crimes against America.

  7. Mr. Holder has served the Obama Administration and this country proudly as Attorney General.
    He has taken bold steps to tackle issues that previous AG’s refused to deal with.
    In addition, he stood up to the Congress/Senate when they called him to testify on some bogus s–t!!!!!

    Kudo’s to Mr. Holder for making a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Timekeeeper on said:

      Linda. your words ring true. Holder is a good, honest and decent man. Unfortunately over the past year racists, tea party activist and right wing people have learned about the BAW website and form time to time will attempt to hijack it with their immoral points of view. In fact, the Koch Brothers and similar groups even pay these trolls to come on this site to forward their hatred agenda. they get an alert anytime an ethnic conversation comes up in order to throw their madness into the conversation for the sole purpose of distortion of bigotry so don’t be alarmed. They are having their day.

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