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Eric Holder Compares Michael Brown To Emmett Till: “The Struggle Goes On”

This is perhaps the most despicable thing Eric Holder has said. And that’s saying something.

In a segment that aired on MSNBC’s The Reid Report, Attorney General Eric Holder was answering a question about the shooting of Michael Brown when he compared the teenager’s death to the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.

“The struggle goes on,” Holder said Monday at a Capitol Hill event where a tree was planted in Till’s memory. “And it’s not only Ferguson, there are other communities around our country where we are dealing with relationships that are not what they should be, be they official communities they are supposed to serve or whether it’s on a more personal level. There is enduring legacy that Emmett Till has left with us that we still have to confront as a nation.”

One problem with Eric Holder’s ridiculous attempt to draw a moral equivalence between Emmett Till and Michael Brown is that the 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped, beaten, shot, and drowned by rabid racists in a segregated town in Mississippi in 1955.

Michael Brown, by a number of black eye witness accounts, was physically resisting arrest when he was shot and kill by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Emmett Till’s death is regarded as one of the most horrific murders in American history, and was a major catalyst for launching the civil rights movement. That Holder actually compared Michael Brown, who was a violent, petty thief, to Emmett Till is beyond despicable.

Emmett Till is a martyr. Michael Brown is not.

Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in the line of duty.We don’t know all of the facts surrounding his death, but according to leaked reports, it looks like Brown was the aggressor and that Officer Wilson feared for his life.

But, to reiterate, until that grand jury decision comes down, we still don’t know all the facts surrounding Michael Brown’s death.

However, we do know that Michael Brown was not dragged from his mother’s arms, like Emmett Till, and brutally murdered by racists in the midst of one of the darkest periods in American history.

Eric Holder should be ashamed of himself for making such a disrespectful, historically ignorant, and irresponsible comparison.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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