"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Short Platonic Dialogue With Eric Holder

Eric Holder, speaking today:  "Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised.’’

The Regular Guy, dubious:  You want us to speak honestly about race?   Really?  

Holder, adamant:   "We must not -- as we have too often in the past -- let this opportunity pass.”

TRG, still dubious:  Well, OK.   If you think that's a good idea.    Hmmmm... how about this?  As attorney general you are essentially the boss of the FBI, correct?

Holder:  Yes.

TRG: In 2011 there were 448 black-on-white homicides in the U.S., according to FBI statistics.

Holder:  Yes.  So? 

TRG:   The same year, there were 193 white-on-black homicides.

Holder:   Not sure where you're going with this...

TRG:   Well, doing the math, that means that there were 2.3 times as many black-on-white as white-on-black homicides, correct?

Holder:  That's arithmetically correct, but...

TRG:   But there are also 195 million white Americans, but only 35 million or so black Americans. So there are roughly 5.7 times as many white as blacks, right?

Holder:   I'm not sure what arithmetic has to do with the "complicated and emotionally charged issues" raised by the Trayvon Martin case.

TRG:   Well, I'm just "speaking honestly"... doing the math, doesn't that mean that, in proportion to their population sizes, blacks are.... let's see, 2.3 times 5.7... 13 times more likely to kill whites than whites are to kill blacks?

Holder:   Now, wait a minute...

TRG:   Just "speaking honestly," Mister Attorney General... what has your department done to alleviate what appears to be a "disparate impact" in murder rates on white Americans?

Holder, stuttering:   That question... is.... racist!


No one really wants an "honest discussion" about race in America.   Period.   Because a truly honest discussion would ask all sorts of uncomfortable questions.  

But here's a question for the next press conference with Mr. Holder that someone in the MSM might want to ask, if they have any credibility left.

Mr. Holder, in 2011 according to FBI statistics there were 448 black-on-white homicides.   How many investigations did the DOJ initiate into whether any of those were "hate crimes" under the federal civil rights statute, 18 U.S.C. section 249?   If the answer is "none," why is that so?

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