Holder and Obama are ‘Playing’ Black America Regarding Criminal Justice

Holder And Obama Playing Black America
Holder and Obama are the two most powerful Black men in America

ARICANGLOBE – After 55 months as U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder made what could have been a groundbreaking speech – if only he’d made it 50-some months ago and followed it up with four and half years of the persistent, wide-ranging action needed to begin undoing and unraveling the prison state.

Let’s stand Holder’s and this administration’s expressions of concern over mass incarceration alongside its actual record of exercising power. When we do, Holder looks a lot like a lying hypocrite, and the administration looks like it’s playing Black America for a nation of chumps.

Not Serious

Holder merely says that he’ll instruct federal prosecutors not to file drug charges that, under federal law, invoke the mandatory minimum sentences in small-scale cases where the feds see no violence or gang affiliation.

Federal prosecutors don’t have to follow these instructions – which can be quietly revoked at any time by Holder or any future attorney general. None of it affects drug prosecutions under state law.

Changing a few rules and calling for a Department of Justice study would be a good start when you have and intend to use your next seven-plus years in office to follow it up and make it stick. But more than half the Obama administration’s time is up – including 24 months when they held majorities in both the House and Senate.

Holder’s and Obama’s Pattern

Once or twice a year – generally but not always in front of Black audiences – they pretend to have newly discovered that police forces and prosecutors around the country routinely profile and stalk Black males. They publicly admit that Black and Brown people are arrested more often, charged more aggressively, sentenced more harshly and serve longer sentences than Whites. Holder uncovered the fact that the U.S. locks up too many people for too long, and that mass incarceration ravages and punishes entire communities.

What Holder and the Obama administration will NOT discover is a way to reduce the budget of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which grew 4 percent in this year of budgetary austerity. They won’t find a way to NOT open that new federal Supermax prison in Illinois, or a way to close an existing torture facility like the one in Florence, Colo.

They aren’t looking for ways to use federal law enforcement and corrections funding to encourage states to provide educational opportunities and decent medical care to the 2 million-plus in state and local prisons and jails.

After the 2010 passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, and court decisions which say its provisions ought to be retroactive back to the 1980s, President Obama could have simply commuted the sentences of those who have already served excess prison time under the old and outlawed 100-to-1 crack vs. powder cocaine penalties.

Obama’s Done Nothing

What has the Obama Justice Department actually done? It has refused to actually reduce the sentences of prisoners already serving time.

In July 2011, after resisting pressure from the families of prisoners serving unjust time, Holder announced sentence reductions would be implemented, but only retroactive to August 2010. That hasn’t happened either. Instead, the Obama Justice Department argued that the old, unfair crack vs. powder sentences just continue to apply.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the Justice Department and declared that sentence reductions should go back at least to 2003 and perhaps to 1987. The Justice Department is still opposing this, and appears set to take it up to the U.S. Supreme Court – the same gang that overthrew the Voting Rights Act.

Connected With Locals

Black Agenda Report reported on a Reuters story that a pipeline exists between the National Security Agency’s surveillance and local police departments around the country through the Drug Enforcement Agency, the federal police agency explicitly created to prosecute the war on drugs. (The DEA is part of Holder’s Justice Department.)

DEA manuals, the copyrighted Reuters story says, instruct their operatives to tell local cops they must conduct “parallel investigations” to effectively launder the illegal evidence against suspects, and that they should conceal its existence from judges and prosecutors. This would be called conspiracy and perjury if anyone else but DEA and local cops did it.

Since the drug war principally targets non-Whites and non-White communities, it’s absolutely certain that disproportionate numbers of Black and Brown people have been effectively framed with this illegally acquired and laundered evidence.

‘We Understand’

The president observed that Trayvon could have been his son or even himself 35 years ago.

The attorney general shared with us that as a Black father he must carefully instruct his young sons as to how to comport themselves in the presence of aggressive cops.

But Holder and Obama are not philosophers, pastors or teachers. They are the two most powerful Black men in the U.S. They’ve been in actual power 55 months now, with a little over 40 to go. Their actions reveal their expressions of concern and feeling our pain are no more than politically expedient drive-by gestures to keep Black America in line.

Others Silent

The rest of our useless Black political class is quiet, too. The NAACP, the Urban League, the National Action Network and all the usual corporate-funded suspects have not said a mumbling word on the Department of Justice’s three-year fight to keep crack defendants in jail serving longer sentences.

Maybe they’re all too busy getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs, Justice and Freedom. The president is speaking there. What he says and how he looks saying it seems a lot more important than what he and his attorney general actually do.


By: Bruce A. Dixon

Bruce Dixon is managing editor of BlackAgendaReport.com. Contact him at [email protected].


  1. These fellas are the black face in the same card game of Poker-face cards, you got to put up a stake to even get into the game, who is backing them? Only the have’s are allowed to play this game. They have no say, they themselves are “pawn’s in the game”. Non shot callers. I’m not impressed. Work to do.

  2. ^^Whoa, not so kind words there. I thought us “US negros” were reactionary. Go back and read your vitriol responses. All your doing is mimicking white racist trolling. A real “intellectual” DOESNT turn Facebook into their master’s thesis. Lemme guess, you’re the exceptional Black race, one of the Africans who kiss white ass so much they’re willing sound racist like them online.. Lol take Mugabe down, you making him look retarded.

  3. What? black on black crime is ignorant? what, should we blame the illuminati? blame obama instead? gtfoh. Aside from the point of the article, id admit the drone strikes are messed up. Obama’s losing on that front big time. Homos IS FAR, FAR from being Africa’s problem. They need to focus, and crusade against more pertinent humanaritan and economic issues. Put down the oppressors religion, where it’s likely this hatred of homos stems from anyways. No one has to agree with the lifestyle but you dont have to hate either.

  4. You are so ignorant you are just saying empty catch phrases you hear from White liberals. Are you human? Do you know that Dogs, Monkeys and Whales ape the behavior of human beings. Do you know a Parrot does what you do? Are you a human being or are you an animal?

  5. You cant possibly defend the US Presidency then talk about God. Then you talk about some human race. How can you talk about a human race when you defend the mass murder of people in Iraq, Afhanistian, do you think God will let u off the hook for supporting murder of innocent people?

  6. ahah God… you defend a US President who promotes War and Homosexuality then u talk about God. You see God as a white man and worship the USA… you make threats to people you dont know you are ignorant.

  7. Your leader is racist, and he has racist policies. And people seem to be fine with that. Stuff like, only black people can own this, and that, and only black people can invest. Straight garbage.

  8. Barry signed a settlement in 2011 giving Indians $3.4 biilion in unpaid reparations, then says he is against reparations for descendants of African slaves. He is ready to sign immigration bill, DOM act, and fights so women can abort babies: issues that concern Black people in America are not a priority for them.

  9. Hating is putting Assata Shakhur on the FBI most wanted list. Hating is coming to Ghana lying and insulting people who did nothing to you. Take you head out of ur anus and become a human being.


  11. Hating is sending drones into Africa to kill Africans. Hating is threating African nations who dont support homosexuality, hating is saying the Africans of Zimbabwe dont deserve their land back. That is what wicked Mulatto has done. You probably dont even read the news you are just some ignorant lowly animal in human form who is incapable of thinking.

  12. That is the basis of intellectual analysis from the Negro in Amercia… You are a hater ? I mean would you type that on a exam paper. Some of you negroes are so reactionary and undereducated you deserve to go back into slavery.

  13. Abbi must be smoking hash while chewing Chat, if he thinks that anyone with intelligence believes that nonsense.

    We do have a problem with the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer. But we the people can change that. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is the second poorest country on the planet. People in America on welfare would be rich in Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe is looking like a racist country. I will have no part in that garbage.

  14. I will insult you President. I have no respect for non of your War criminal presents. And you wont do a damn thing to me for insulting your President. Your President has no right to insult Africa or Africans nor do they have the right to push a Western agenda on Africans. What is positive about you? What are you going to do sir but get yourself in a world of hurt. You better becareful whom you threaterned, I dont take threats lightly. I will insult who I choose and if u got a problem with that, I am willing to die for what I believe, you better make sure u are, because that is the only way u will be able to silence me is death.

  15. You are a very dangerous ignorant person, ignorant people like you are the reason the world is ruled by the tyrants in the West. Go back to your McDonalds jobs and cease communication with me.

  16. These men are doing the bidding of Europeans. THese two flunkies could not support themselves they live off the philantrophy of White racist they are little boys and simple males who are not worhty to be called men. Isnt Black a white mans term? But you use that to call these two mulattoes something they are not.

  17. Every country in Africa is not in debt to the World Bank. Nigerian paid its debts off years ago. I do believe in killing off all the enemies of Africa from the darkest of the dark to the lightest of hues.

  18. The black men killing each other comment is from ignorant people like you. Barack Obama is responbile for more deaths in his admistration than all the balck on black crime. People who speak of black on black crime are ignroant buffoons are scared to look their true enemy. If barack obama did want to assume the BLAME he should not have taken the job. If Bush was to blame why isnt h? You have the IQ of a ladybug

  19. The USA is about as Democratic as Nazi germany, the USA just as a bunch of stupid people like you whom allow racial minority to dominate a land they stole. ahaha comparing Zimbabwe. Coporations dont own the farm lands of Zimbabwe. THE PEOPLE DO!

  20. Democracy is more a dictatorship than what is in Zimbabwe. In the USA 90% of the wealth is in the hands of Whites and most of the power and resoucres are in the hands of the people who stole it from the Natives. In Zimbabwe the NATIVES overthrow their oppressors and Mugabe has given 75% of the land to the poor and powerless. Zimbabwe is a true democracy the USA is a dictatorship. In Zimbabwe the native people no longer live on reserves while the colonialist children enjoy the lion share of the wealth like they do in the USA. Has the indigenous people of the USA been giving back their lands? Or do they live on reservation on the worse part of a land mas they were at before anyone. You have the thinking of a fool.

  21. I did crawl out the jungles, I rather crawl out the jungle than the WOMB OF A CAVE BEAST. or the MOUNTAIN SIDE OF EUROPE. I AM AN AFRICAN LION WE RULE THE JUNGLE !

  22. ahaha “hater” I am not one who is sending predator drones it is these two vile mulattoes who are attacking Africans who did nothing to either one of these abomonatios. ahah calling these men Black is comical.

  23. Barack Obama has killed people based upon pigment, and the White man is the one who created the ONE DROP RULE not I. I dont know you so I doubt you are my brother. Have a nice day. Their is no “concept” of race with me. You are either African or you are not.

  24. True one is a mulatto. and you have a good view of the USA but don’t forget every black country in Africa is in debt to the world bank ..aka “USA”.. so we are all in this… You sound like a person that would kill all people because of his or her pigment is not dark enough for you… The concept of race in man made by the WHITE man and you believe in that….Peace brother

  25. ^Like this hater. Two black men doing well for themselves and this hater trying to use white derogatory term to describe to them. U trying to sound edgy online? Gtfoh hater and Fix your own problems.

  26. African American men need to step their game up. The cj system is not fair, just as much as black men killing and/or hating each other everyday for the dumbest reasons isn’t fair (as we see more hating in this thread, which proves my point). Bc its easier to blame Obama, I get it! Smdh!!

  27. ROFLMAO… Everybody play black people because black people are easy to get played. They look for a handout and that’s an automatic ===> get played like a fiddle. Promise black people the world and watch them bow down to you until they get that world ===> you got played. LMAO :-/

  28. This article is ignorant. We live in democracy, not a dictatorship, like the leader that most on this page admires… The dictator of Zimbabwe.

    Nevertheless, why do you think they want to reduce sentences for drug offenses? You do realize that the majority of African Americans in prison, are for drug related offenses don’t you??

    On top of that, AAs realize that he is the president of the united states, not an activist. People like the cat who wrote this busted article are the ones who should be out protesting, and getting their representatives to change laws. That cat should look in the mirror when making all of those false claims.

    As for them being not bright. There is this university, that is ranked NUMBER ONE in the world. It’s called HARVARD. Not only did the President attend that school, he graduated in the top tier of his class. I am almost certain, that none of you cats could even get into Harvard, even if you had the money.

    So, I won’t stand Americans insulting our president, so I certainly won’t stand for some two bit pseudo voice of Africa doing it in ignorance.

    You cats need to get it together. You are contributing to nothing positive.


  30. Two monkeys aping MEN is comical. Do you think the world really respect these two hybrids? They are looked at as they are servants only intellectually challegned people find these two characters intelligent or brilliant. ahaha I heard people call Barack Obama a genius. All the European has to do is place to apes in front of you and you are easily fooled and will go back to your places where you belong at the bottom.

  31. ahaha two of the most powerful black men… ahaha these mulattoes arent men. A man does not do the bidding of other people. You people deep down inside think these people represent something positive for you. You simply want to be accepted by Europeans. AHahah powerful. I question how you define power.