Niger Innis: Holder, Dems Use Race as a 'Political Weapon'

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 03:45 PM

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After his testy exchange with conservative Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House committee hearing Tuesday, Eric Holder rhetorically asked a crowd at the National Action Network on Wednesday, "What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"

That question was a perfect example of how liberal politicians play the race card, Niger Innis, the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, told John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

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"There's no question in my mind that Holder, not for the first time, was playing the race card. That is just a symptom of a larger disease. The disease is that – what I call Al Sharptonism — has become a mainstream political weapon of the Democratic Party, and that goes from the President of the United States to the Attorney General of the United States," said Innis, who is running for House seat in Nevada.

"It is a disgrace, it is an outrage as a black American that actually has ancestry in slavery, I'm offended."

Innis said President Barack Obama has failed to deliver an era of post-racial politics, and has actually injected race into politics like never before.

"It is a tragedy that this is the case in spite of the president of the United States, who could have played a major role to move this process along, but he's actually exacerbated racial tension, not promoted racial harmony," Innis said.

By contrast, Innis said the United States as a whole has largely gotten past race as a divisive issue.

"On the other hand, you have the American people. The American people are in a very, very good place," he said. "If you look at what's going on within the country at large, look on college campuses, you look in our culture at large, we are a more integrated society, a more racially color blind society than we ever have been."

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