U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to arrive in Ferguson, Mo., as violent protests persists in the wake of the death of Michael brown.
Obama is back on vacation and has ordered Holder to go direct the Justice Department’s “extraordinary” effort to investigate the local case, according to Fox News.
“In the short run, sending Eric Holder probably shows solidarity with the people there,” veteran political analyst John Fund said. This show of solidarity is “terrible” Fund said, given the fact that 57% of black Americans believe that Michael Brown was murdered.
It’s terrible “that so many people automatically don’t have any confidence in our law enforcement and are so suspicious of the system, that they think a police officer would gun someone down in cold blood having never seen him or met him before.”
“If it bleeds it leads,” Fund added. “And the fact that there’s violence and looting, that’s what dominates the coverage.”
In an attempt to broaden the perimeters of the debate about Ferguson and all the media attention it’s garnering, Fund said, “Why aren’t we covering black-on-black crime?”
“Blacks are 12 percent of the population and here’s what does bleed, that 50% of the murder victims in this country are black–90% of them are murdered by other black people. We don’t give nearly as much attention to the deplorable condition of public safety in those neighborhoods. And it has nothing to do with whites versus blacks,” Fund said.
“I don’t think we allow ourselves to address the root problems and to really care about people who are dying and have no future in those neighborhoods–until something like this happens.”
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