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Eric Holder’s Schedule: Frequent Meetings With Race-Based Groups

Nearly 50 meetings in a nine-month period.

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Ian Smith

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April 10, 2013 - 12:53 am
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Attorney General Eric Holder began his tenure by calling Americans cowards regarding racial issues. Newly released documents reveal that Holder’s schedule shows a preoccupation with racial issues: he spends an inordinate amount of time meeting with race-centered organizations.

Recently, the Department of Justice began making Holder’s daily schedules available online. Although the schedules are far from complete and heavily redacted, the compiled summary below (links to documents provided) shows how much time and access the office of the attorney general allocates to ethnocentric lobbyists and race-based associations.

For 2009, Holder’s first year as AG, over just a nine-month period (the only months available for that year) nearly 50 entries mention meetings with such groups. For the entire 17-month period provided, there are almost a dozen entries showing meetings with “black” professional associations and trade groups.

To be sure, people are free to associate and assemble along ethnic lines. But when the attorney general uses his executive branch position (and taxpayer funding) to advance the private concerns of race-centric organizations, it goes far in creating the appearance of racial bias within the DOJ. (Unfortunately, bias in access doesn’t begin and end at the DOJ; see a recent post at the Center for Immigration Studies about similar findings involving the DHS.) Given what we know of the DOJ’s ideological politics — as has been documented by PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams and most recently by the agency’s own internal watchdog — seeing whom Holder is giving access to raises serious questions about our nation’s primary law enforcer’s commitment to race-neutral enforcement. This is especially a concern given the Holder-led DOJ’s intrusions into employment law, voting law, discrimination law, and onto college campuses.

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The following months are missing from DOJ’s released library of Holder’s schedule:

  • 2009 January, April, December
  • 2010 January — March; May — December
  • 2011 July — December

February 2009

  • Meeting with “John Payton of the Legal Defense Fund” (NAACP) (page 5)
  • Ebony magazine shoot (page 22)
  • Meeting with ACLU president (page 37)

March 2009

  • Selma-to-Montgomery march commemoration (page 13)
  • Civil Rights Summit — AG’s Conference Room (page 16)
    • Attendees: NAACP LFD, Asian American Justice Center, ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, MALDEF, Ben Jealous, Hilary Shelton NAACP
  • Meeting with L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa (illegal immigrant advocate) (page 20)
  • National Conference of Black Mayors (page 32)
  • Meeting with National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (page 35)
  • National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters Awards Dinner (page 36)
  • Meeting with BET founder Russell Simmons (page 49)

May 2009

  • Hispanic Caucus Meeting (page 5)
  • NAACP LDF Lunch (page 21)
  • Meeting with Ricki Seidman (page 34)
    • ED of “Rock The Vote”/Advised Anita Hill/Ran Clinton’s ’92  campaign/Advised Obama admin. re Sotomayor’s nomination.

June 2009

  • Essence magazine interview (page 4)
  • Meeting with president, Feminist Majority Foundation (page 18)
  • Lance Withers Slaughter, black financial consultant at Merrill Lynch (page 35)
  • Meeting to discuss NAACP Centennial Event remarks (page 40)

July 2009

  • Meeting with Association of Native American Trial Lawyers (page 7)
  • Meeting with DOJ Association of Black Attorneys (page 8)
  • WH Office of Urban Affairs (page 16)
  • NAACP Centennial Convention: New York — keynote speech (page 18)
  • NAACP documentary filming — Meeting with NAACP Hollywood Bureau ED (page 21)
  • Meeting with Mayor Villaraigosa in L.A. (page 26)
  • Muslim community event at Omar Ibn Al-Khattahb Foundation in L.A. (page 26)
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Profiles in Courage Luncheon keynote speech (page 42)
  • Taping remarks for Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community Conference (page 56)
  • Meeting with Alvin Sykes, chairman of the Emmett Till Justice Campaign 

August 2009

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (page 34)
  • 16th St. Baptist Church (page 34) 

September 2009

  • Keynote remarks at Hispanic National Bar Association (Albuquerque) (page 5)
  • Remarks at Latina Lawyers luncheon (page 9)
  • Call with DeMaurice “De” Smith, NFL Players Association ED (page 17)
  • Phone call with Lance Withers Slaughter (page 30)
  • Meeting with The Feminist Majority, NAF, and Planned Parenthood (page 31)
  • Welcome remarks at DOJ 2009 National Hispanic Heritage Month Commemorative Program (page 43)
    • Program theme: “Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!”’
  • Meeting with National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) (page 43)
  • Meeting to discuss Anti-Defamation League speech (page 44)
  • Remarks at National Bar Association’s Congressional Black Caucus reception (page 45)
  • Honoree at National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Awards reception (page 47)

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How hard is it to understand that our Attorney General, like his boss the President of the United States, is a racist. And, please, don't give me any guff about people who "don't have power" can't be racist. What is more powerful than the Attorney General and President of the United States?
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Who keeps racism alive? Blacks and the white socialists who profit most from it.
Not much we can do until the next election but work hard to get the socialists out of office.
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"A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee" Wait, Billy said that about Barry.

Eric, well he did a bang up job prosecuting those White Panthers in Philly 2008 and 2012. Give the coffe, uhh boy a chance..
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How hard is it to understand that our Attorney General, like his boss the President of the United States, is a racist. And, please, don't give me any guff about people who "don't have power" can't be racist. What is more powerful than the Attorney General and President of the United States?
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But, but, they each belong too traditionally oppressed cultural groups! Who cares about the current reality of Obama being the most powerful person in the world? Or that Obama was raised by a woman with a Ph.D.? Oh, I also found out that while Holder's parents were immigrants, his dad was a real estate broker, decidedly middle class.

We need to stress that personal privilege is mostly a result of what you gained from your parents (hint: it's not genetic), not your race.
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You are quite correct Rebecca.We need to kick him out of his job permanently.Guess it'll never happen as long as Obama is in the White House a few more yrs.Liz
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The American people should have learned from the demise of Detroit that blacks can't govern.
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It actually shows that Liberals and racists (often the same people) can't govern. So you can't govern either
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This is not helpful, and certainly wrong.
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A couple of big holes in this sloppy piece:

1) Perspective. The author calls it a "preoccupation", but let's look at the numbers. An average of about 4 meetings per month with such groups, extracted from monthly schedules that ranged from 34 to 79 pages per month. Is that a lot? Presenting it as a percentage of groups the AG met with would certainly provide a better measurement of significance, but probably wouldn't impress anyone.

2) Ignores or omits facts - The Supreme Court is considering provisions of the Voting Rights Act in a case that involves the Justice Department and actually bears the AG's name, "Shelby County vs. Holder". Meeting with such groups, impacted by this legislation, is certainly part of Holder's job. Is there a balance to who he is meeting with? That's another matter that the author had access to in his review of the documents, but apparently chose not to clarify. Why?

I come here for interesting articles, and a conservative perspective that I value and often agree with, but this is just a lazy hatchet job. Let's not pretend otherwise.
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i'd like to know who he met regarding the fast and furious scandal and why he won't testify before congress, why he wouldn't prosecute the black panthers for voter intimidation, why the justice department said white people can't be victims of discrimination, why he let off the black revolutionists and why obama gave him executive privilege regarding fast and furious.
i think holder and obama have pretty much proven they're racist by what they've said and done. this article only touches the surface of holders racism.
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Minorities have a lot to be angry about, but the Democratic Party was hardly the party likely to address their grievances. Here are the politics of the racist white man Claude Bowers, Jeffersonian Democrat, whose rules for Democrat warriors appeared long before Saul Alinsky, and who has been underpublicized. See http://clarespark.com/2011/12/10/before-saul-alinsky-rules-for-democratic-politicians/.
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Racists conferencing for the implementation of racist policies.
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Thank God we have the Alternative Media ;-)
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In the long run this chapter of having a non-white President is healthy for the Country.White skin color is no guarantee of perfection,quality or competence.I'm glad for something new,something fresh! In the real world Obama is a narrow minded baffoon,but he had enough to become President! His election is important! Now its plain to see that anyone can do it.Is Holder unqualified? Of course.I for one am glad to see that incompetence can come in any color.
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In Holder's defense, I would say that the DoJ has always been a hyper-political institution. All federal judicial proceedings are political in nature, because the intimidatory powers of the DoJ repose within an institutional context that is relatively immune from electoral pressure. (JFK knew what he was doing when he appointed RFK his attorney-general.) What I do not understand is why the Republicans, who dominate the House and therefore control appropriations, continue to empower Holder. Do they still think that can buy some black votes?
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