When US Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation late last week, it came as a shock to many, if only because Holder was on a bit of a roll. After having announced two major investigations into the events of Ferguson, Missouri this summer, he was also fresh from announcing historic settlements to the tune of billions of dollars with big financial institutions like Citigroup over their role in the subprime mortgage crisis.
But overall, Mr. Holder’s 6-year record has been mixed. While he has greatly revived the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and vigorously defended the Voting Rights Act, he has condoned President Obama’s policy of targeted killings, and aggressively pursued attacks on journalists and their right to protect the identity of their sources.
While he has admirably called out the school-to-prison pipeline and supported the easing of mandatory minimum drug sentencing, he has failed to prosecute corporate executives most responsible for the financial crash. Holder thanked President Obama for what he called “the greatest honor of my professional life.”
Some close to the President are reporting Holder’s replacement may be a woman.
GUESTS: Dylan Rodriguez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime, and one of the founding members of the Critical Resistance Organizing Collective. Critical Resistance is a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex,
Imara Jones, host of CaffeineTV a daily video Newsbrief, and Economics Justice contributor for Colorlines.com. He served in the Clinton White House, where he worked on international trade policy, and was an executive at Viacom. Imara has a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia in political science.