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Eric Holder Isn't Actually Black: Just Ask His Mom
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May 20, 2014, 07:16 AM
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Attorney General Eric Holder wants to talk about race some more.
 
Eric Holder And Family
Eric Holder And Family
 
It's quite interesting how Americans find Eric Holder's ancestry invisible to them. Most of Eric Holder's ancestors weren't black. His recent ancestors were middle class mulattos in Barbados who carefully avoided marriage to blacks. (See the last chapter of Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" for a description of how people who look like Gladwell and Holder were bred.) Holder grew up in a middle class West Indian enclave in NYC that tried (and in Holder's case succeeded) keeping out black American influence.