The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.(emphasis added by me.)
"Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.
All four of Eric Holder's grandparents were born in Barbados. Ever been there? It was nothing like rural Alabama in the 1920's. It has a much different history than that of the American south.
Like Obama, Holder is not a descendant of southern American slaves, but continually implies that he is. It has its benefits for him. One of those benefits is to allow him to exude moral superiority over those who ask him tough questions.
You can't win with Holder. Ask tough questions about race, and you're doing "a great disservice." Don't ask, and, I suppose, you're a coward.
Others are annoyed that he used the phrase "my people" to mean black people, not American people. It's not the usage per se that bothers me. It's what it confims to me about the way he governs.