I know not all you of share my views on what a big role race plays in American politics, but I have a hard time believing teabaggers would be using this rhetoric if Eric Holder was white (h/t JK):
Andrew McCarthy, the former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney who led the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, also gave a speech, declaring that Holder didn’t “understand what rule of law has always been in wartime.” He said, “It’s military commissions. It’s not to wrap our enemies in our Bill of Rights.”
“Traitor!” someone shouted.
Edith Lutnick, who works for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, told the crowd, “My brother, Gary, lost his life that day.” The 9/11 victims, she said, “were murdered by the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and we do not want him and his fellow-terrorists tried in that building. . . . We need to tell Eric Holder that we will be victims no more.”
“Lynch Holder!” an onlooker cried.
Maybe I shouldn’t go here, but as long as we’re on this topic, I might as well add that I don’t think the reaction to 9/11 would have been the same if it had been Cabrini-Green rather than Cantor Fitzgerald that had gotten hit.
Update. This is fucked up (from a commenter at TNC who, to provide some context, seems to lost a relative on 9/11):
Did Ta-Nehisis “Tee-hee-hee” Coates ever object when it was suggested President GW Bush be strung up or as his likenesses were hung in effigy hundreds of times during his Presidency? Is it always okay to suggest hanging a white Republican? Wasn’t that what they were suggesting, Tee-hee-hee? Or was it is effigy? You being a person of color, obviously makes you the world’s foremost expert on peering into a person’s heart and mind-reading so you know. Discern for us their intent, please, Tee-hee-hee. I am currently hanging in effigy a printed off picture of you, Tee-hee-hee, over my computer with the words ‘Lynch Coates’ written on the photo. Discern that.