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Monday, December 14, 2009

Apologies for the Cancellation of Sunday's Afronerd Radio But There's Always Next Week! Eric Holder Channels Dr. Cosby! I Can Dig It....

I can take the fair share of barbs from those who have a problem with the terms Black and conservative being used in the same sentence but it is frustrating when I have proclaimed on countless occasions that I am not a right wing ideologue. Perhaps the greatest indicator for my positioning would be my support for President Obama and his stance on the need for more fathers of color to address the fractured Black familial institution. Now it appears that the attorney general, Eric Holder has put his Cosby-esque spin on the same subject matter. While visiting his old stomping grounds in Queens (NY), Mr. Holder essentially told a predominantly Black church congregation that the greatest deterrent to poverty would be the active involvement of the father in communities of color. Mr. Holder, I couldn't agree more....here's more on Holder's visit to the big apple, courtesy of Mainjustice.com:

Holder Calls On Black Fathers To Take Responsibility

Attorney General Eric Holder called on absentee black fathers yesterday to take an active role in their children’s lives, Newsday reported today.

Holder, a Queens native and the first black Attorney General, urged the 400 worshippers at the Memorial Presbyterian Church on Baldwin Turnpike in Queens, N.Y., to orchestrate a “spiritual awakening,” according to the New York newspaper. The Attorney General said a father’s involvement in a family can help combat poverty and crime in black neighborhoods, according to Newsday.

“Too many men in the black community have created children and left them to be raised by caring mothers. These women do a wonderful job, but we ask too much of them and too little of our men,” Holder told the congregation, which included members of his family, according to Newsday. “It should simply be unacceptable for a man to have a child and then not play an integral part in the raising and nurturing of the child.”

Holder’s comments hearken back to comedian Bill Cosby’s speech before the NAACP in 2004, in which he sparked a national debate by urging African-American fathers to take responsibility for their children. And on Father’s Day 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in whcih he said “too many fathers” are “missing from too many lives and too many homes.”

The nation’s top federal law enforcement official steered clear of domestic policy matters during his speech in the church, Newsday said. But, outside the church, more than 50 people protested his decision to try 9/11 “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists in a New York City federal court, according to the newspaper.

Holder met with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and other officials earlier last week to discuss the upcoming trials.

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