Attorney General Eric Holder reflected on his life as a black man in a Queens neighborhood, Huffington Post reports .
Holder said the experience shed light on the challenges facing African Americans, many of whom ended up in jail when he was growing up.
“Kids who I grew up with, who I played ball with, basketball, baseball, and went to parties with — for whatever reason — they ended up in a fundamentally different place than I did,” Holder said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’m the attorney general of the United States and they are ex-felons. At some point, usually in high school or maybe a little later, they ran afoul of the law and had to serve time.”
Holder said the system is “broken” and needs to be reformed.