Holder on Protests: "We Disrupt Things All With The Hope We're Going To Make The Country Better"


In part three of her interview with Eric Holder, MSNBC host Joy Reid asks the outgoing Attorney General to address the significance of protests.

JOY REID, MSNBC: Do people appreciate enough this -- you know, what was accomplished by the Civil Rights Movement? Have people forgotten the lessons of it?

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: I think that we are surrounded here by some stark reminders of how different our nation was. And I think, you know, people tend to forget all that we had to go through to get to the place where we are now. A nation that has made substantial progress. Still work that needs to be done, but people sacrificed, people died so that I could be an African-American and be Attorney General of the United States.

We as Americans tend to have short memories. And I think this is a place where every American probably ought to spend some time to understand how deep the problems were, how courageous the people were in dealing with those issues. There's a lot we can learn here that I think would be very useful in the 21st century.

REID: Very young people seem to remember it because they're out in the streets right now, 100-plus days of protests. What do you think when you see those young people out there sleeping out, doing die-ins and really just galvanizing their own movement?

HOLDER: That's the essence of who we are as Americans. We protest. We get loud. We disrupt things all with the hope we're going to make the country better. They have raised issues that we need to discuss, that we have needed to discuss. This is an opportunity for this nation to listen to those young people and some of them aren't so young. It's a multiracial effort that I see. This nation needs to deal with the concerns they have raised and make this nation simply better.

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