By Carmen Glover
US Attorney General Eric Holder stood stoic, inscrutable, and unflappable as President Barack Obama lauded his tenure as a prelude to the announcement that he would resign his post, while remaining on the job until his successor is named and confirmed. Calling the moment “bittersweet,” President Obama was solemn, but effusive as he praised Holder’s tireless work ethic and achievements;
“With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate,” the President said. “All told, Eric has served the Justice Department under six presidents of both parties. Through it all, he’s shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.”
Pausing to gather his thoughts, the President continued. “I chose him to serve as attorney general because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory, it’s a living and breathing principle. That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer. That came with a big portfolio from counterterrorism to civil rights, public corruption to white-collar crime.”
But of all his reach as attorney general, Holder, according to the President was especially proud of “reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls the conscience of the building and that is the Civil Rights Division.”
After thanking the President, Vice President Joe Biden, Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Department of Justice staff and his family members, Holder made it clear that he would still continue with his mission.
“In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice but I will never leave the work,” he said. “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”
Addressing the President, Holder said: “We have been great colleagues, but the bonds between us are much deeper than that. In good times and in bad, in things personal and in things professional you have been there for me. I’m proud to call you my friend.”
shockwave gripped certain parts of the country, and the black community in particular, as the news was announced. Who will champion the cause of civil rights in a climate rife with discrimination against black men? Who will pursue justice for unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson? Who will consider appointing an independent prosecutor in the Eric Garner case in New York? The questions came with sharp velocity as the enormity of the decision sunk into people’s collective consciousness and the reality that an era has ended dawned gradually, sadly.
This summer when Holder traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to meet with Brown’s parents, talk to members of the community and proclaim to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson that “You’re the man!” the hearts of the community felt eased. When Holder shared his experiences with racist police officers his message resonated. People related to him and felt that he could articulate and understand their viewpoint because he has lived it. But now he is leaving his position, the post from which he has fought valiantly to effect meaningful change.
Who will fill his shoes? Will his successor have his passion, burning desire to tackle the wrongs and empower the citizens on the lowest rungs of society? Only time will tell.-OnPointPress.net.