Fanning the flame.
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the controversial shooting incident between a city policeman and a black teen, he said he was both the highest law officer of the nation “and a black man.” He further claimed he was himself a victim of racial harassment by law enforcement.
In remarks made at a meeting of members of the Ferguson community, Holder stirred some racial strife of his own claiming that, even as he is Attorney General, he was once also a victim. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over… ‘Let me search your car’… Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.
Holder also fanned the flames of racial strife across the nation hinting that what happened to teenager Michael Brown was common all across the nation.
“The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,” Holder claimed. “The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.”