Ari Berman recaps his conversation with Eric Holder at the Ford Foundation

At our Rights Now event on Dec. 7, the country’s first black attorney general candidly discussed the state of civil rights, voting rights, and #blacklivesmatter. "I still think that we as a nation are experts at not discussing things racial," Holder said.

Published on The Nation | December 10, 2015
Eric Holder on Voting Rights, Black Lives Matter, Karl Rove, and Tupac

Eric Holder was the nation’s first black attorney general at a time when civil-rights issues were at the forefront of the public consciousness, from a new assault on voting rights to the Black Lives Matter movement to a rethinking of mass incarceration. He was often at the center of controversy around these issues, likening his tenure to Tupac Shakur’s “All Eyez on Me.”

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