Eric Holder does not shy away from being called an activist â€“ in fact, the U.S. Attorney General considers the label an honor.
â€œIf you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label,â€ Holder told journalist Juan WilliamsÂ in an interview published at The Hill.
â€œAny attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job,â€ he continued, adding that â€œthe responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.â€
Asked later about his response to critics who claim that the Justice Department houses an activist civil rights division and an activist chief, Holder said â€œI agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.â€Â (RELATED:Â Group That Listed â€˜Pitfalls Of Working With White Peopleâ€™ Received DOJ Grants)
Holder also said he is troubled by the affirmative action stance of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who opposes the policy in maintaining that â€œthe way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.â€
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