A writer for the liberal news site Salon opined that Attorney General Eric Holder is President Barack Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúinner n-gger.‚ÄĚ
Rich Benjamin was reacting Friday to Obama‚Äôs surprise remarks about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman‚Äôs acquittal. Dubbing the speech ‚Äúsafe, overrated and airy,‚ÄĚ Benjamin contrasted Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúdanc[ing] around the issues‚ÄĚ of race while Holder, speaking to the NAACP this week, gave ‚Äútrenchant thoughts on the acquittal, demanding action.‚ÄĚ
Obama ‚Äúrefuse[d] to say anything insightful or profound about the acquittal,‚ÄĚ wrote Benajmin, a senior fellow with the liberal group Demos and an MSNBC contributor. ‚ÄúIn signature professorial style, the president gave us the ‚Äėcontext‚Äô to the episode and to black people‚Äôs ‚Äėpain.‚Äô But he didn‚Äôt offer a meaningful opinion on the episode‚Äôs hot molten core: racial profiling, vigilantism, and ‚ÄėStand Your Ground‚Äô laws.‚ÄĚ
Some of us have an Inner Child. Others have an Inner N-gger. Is Holder the president‚Äôs conscience? Or his Inner N-gger?
Is Holder the president‚Äôs aggressive internal mind and voice ‚ÄĒ willing to speak truth to power, but unbothered with appearing like an angry black man?
‚ÄúObama‚Äôs Dark Doppelganger,‚ÄĚ Benjamin continued, also spoke bluntly in a 2009 speech when he called America ‚Äúa nation of cowards‚ÄĚ for avoiding the race issue ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúretreating to our race protected cocoons, where much is comfortable and where progress is not really made.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe Secret Service calls the president ‚ÄėRenegade,‚Äô his agency nickname,‚ÄĚ Benjamin observed. ‚ÄúIt seems, these days, that Holder is the real renegade. The country‚Äôs Rogue Negro. And the president‚Äôs repressed Black Id.‚ÄĚ
Benjamin responded to the furor calling it a legitimate question whether Holder embodies Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúcomplex double consciousness.‚ÄĚ