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AG Holder Says Justice Department Is ‘Broken,” Needs to Handle Racial Inequalities

Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 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.