Ari Berman recaps his conversation with Eric Holder at the Ford Foundation

At our Rights Now event on Dec. 7, the country’s first black attorney general candidly discussed the state of civil rights, voting rights, and #blacklivesmatter. "I still think that we as a nation are experts at not discussing things racial," Holder said.

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