Associated Press reports that newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is making voting rights a top priority.
Last Sunday he went to Selma, Alabama to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march that paved the way for the Voting Rights Act. Speaking to more than 500 people, Eric, who is the first Black person to hold his position, said "we must commit ourselves to continue to defend the Voting Rights Act that is under attack."
At the forefront of that defense is a Supreme Court ruling that prevents 16 states and counties, mostly in the South, from revising their voting laws without federal approval, reports Reuters. Critics of the ruling say that the law is antiquated and isn’t needed to protect Blacks.
Eric, who made a racy comment during a Black History Month address about America’s cowardly approach to racism, is finding his controversial comments being "gently" distanced from President Barack Obama.
Associated Press is also reporting that Barack stated that he would not have used the same language as his colleague.
"We’ve made enormous progress and we shouldn’t lose sight of that," Barack told The New York Times in an interview posted on their Web site Saturday.
The president was critical of whether talks even improve racism. He cited the tenets of his campaign — education, healthcare and jobs for all along with a strong economy — as opportunities to improve race relations.
"I think if we do that, then we’ll probably have more fruitful conversations," Barack said in the interview Friday aboard Air Force One.
– Whitney Teal