White House race card rhetoric dominated the 60th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that ended racial segregation in schools.
Instead of celebrating the monumental court decision, First Lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder used the occasion to beat the race card drum.
Mrs. Obama discussed a new era of lack of equality in schools and Holder spoke about racial bias “hidden” in America.
Speaking at a Topeka, Kansas high school graduation, Mrs. Obama expressed concern over present day segregation.
CNN reported on the First Lady’s speech:
However, Obama also highlighted the areas where she sees diversity lacking, “Many districts in this country have actually pulled back on efforts to integrate their schools and many communities have become less diverse as folks have moved from cities to suburbs.”
“Many young people in America are going to school largely with kids who look just like them,” Obama said. “Too often, those schools aren’t equal, especially ones attended by students of color, which too often lag behind, with crumbling classrooms and less experienced teachers.”
Holder’s comments were included in a larger story by The Washington Post on the White House effort to discuss race in America:
On Saturday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. provided the administration’s starkest assessment to date. In a commencement address, Holder warned that recent public episodes of racial bigotry should not obscure the greater damage done by more systemic forms of prejudice and discrimination.
“If we focus solely on these incidents — on outlandish statements that capture national attention and spark outrage on Facebook and Twitter — we are likely to miss the more hidden, and more troubling, reality behind the headlines,” Holder told the graduating class at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
“The greatest threats,” he continued, “are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.”
Political strategy is at the root of the White House spring offensive on race. Democrats need to generate emotional issues to motivate their black political base to the polls.
School choice is the answer to failing public schools but President Obama and Michelle will never embrace that solution since it will alienate the liberal teachers union.
As for Holder, he is a left-wing activist who continually uses race to advance the progressive agenda.