From Obama’s ill-conceived comments on the Henry Louis Gates arrest to his Sharptonesque race-baiting in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, he’s done his best to exacerbate racial unrest at every opportunity. This morning Obama’s similarly disposed Attorney General threw more gasoline on the fire by announcing to the Urban League that he was searching for a federal judge to force the nation’s second most populous state to obtain his approval before enacting any changes to their voting laws, thus attempting an end run around the Supreme Court’s recent decision to invalidate an antiquated provision of the Voting Rights Act.
The U.S. Justice Department will seek a federal court to force Texas to return to “preclearing” any changes to its voting laws, the first enforcement action by the Obama administration since the Supreme Court tossed out a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act.
Attorney General Holder made the announcement Thursday in a speech before the Urban League.
“My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against discrimination wherever it is found,” Holder said in Philadelphia. “Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to ensure that the voting rights of all American citizens are protected.”
Presumably the tendency of Texans to vote Republican is evidence that the state’s voting laws are racist. Anyway, after five years of stirring the racial pot our nation’s first “post-racial president” has achieved the inevitable. Via the Daily Caller:
Public attitudes about race relations have plummeted since the historic election of President Barack Obama, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.
Only 52 percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks have a favorable opinion of race relations in the country, according to the poll, which has tracked race relations since 1994 and was conducted in mid-July by Hart Research Associations and Public Opinion Strategies.
That’s a sharp drop from the beginning of Obama’s first term, when 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks held a favorable view of American race relations.
Negative views on race relations have also increased substantially. According to the poll [pdf], 45 percent of whites and 58 percent African-Americans now believe race relations are very or fairly bad, compared with 2009, when only 20 percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks held an unfavorable view.
I doubt David Duke could have set race relations back this fast. There is a bright side, though: Obamacare is no longer Obama’s only noteworthy “accomplishment”. The fomenting of racial unrest can now be safely added to the community organizer-in-chief’s meager list of achievements. Hope and change.