Opinion: Remember Post-Racial America? Neither Does Eric Holder
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:36 AM
Barack Obama was supposed to lead us into a post-racial America.
In case you hadn't heard, and as there is no "a Republican candidate said something stupid" angle here you probably haven't, the Obama Justice Department sold guns to Mexican drug gangs under a program called Fast and Furious.
The official purpose of Fast and Furious was to allow some guns to be purchased by the gangs so that a larger sting operation could conducted. It sounds like a bad plot in a Vin Diesel movie but unfortunately this one didn't work out as well as it would in a film. These guns were used to kill scores of people in Mexico and one American border agent, Brian Terry.
How is the Obama administration responding to the questions and entirely reasonable criticisms of the program?
With charges of racism, of course!
Attorney General Eric Holder said: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him. Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
Get it? Those dastardly Republicans aren't concerned about an illegal gun trade into Mexico or a dead American border agent, they just want to criticize some black guys. The New York Times notes that the program "lost track of hundreds of weapons" but obviously attacks on Holder are racially motivated.
The fact that Holder must resign is clear. He allowed a ridiculous, dangerous program to take place on his watch. We can't keep shrugging our shoulders and saying that government programs are nearly always poorly run so let's ignore an illegal gun trade into Mexico. Just like the Obama administration can't keep pulling the race card every time they're in a situation where bad leadership was exercised.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.