Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Lani’s Heir

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., September 15, 2018 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
The new, old racial ideology of the Holder Justice Department

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson has called Eric Holder “the most destructive member of Barack Obama’s Cabinet.” The description is apt. The attorney general’s questionable judgment extends far beyond the high-profile decisions involving the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the dismissal of charges against members of the New Black Panther Party who engaged in blatant voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling place.

In recent months, Holder’s putatively post-racial Justice Department has agreed in three cases to proportional-representation systems as a remedy for violations of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. All three cases involved section 2 of the statute.

Section 2, as …

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Abigail Thernstrom, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is the author of Voting Rights — and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections, which has just been published by the AEI Press. She is also the co-author, with Stephan Thernstrom, of America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible.

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