During a speech to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to change Americans’ beliefs and judgments about race following the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
“I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised,” Holder said.
During the sorority luncheon, Holder was applauded after he expressed shared concern with the sorority of Zimmerman’s acquittal.
Holder has commonly spoken out on issues of race, calling Americans cowards in 2009 for not discussing it in a complex way.
"We must not – as we have too often in the past – let this opportunity pass,” Holder said.
Liberals and African-American groups continue to pressure Holder and President Barack Obama to pursue charges against Zimmerman with the Department of Justice with Holder promising resolution.
Law experts say, however, that there is little evidence for charges against Zimmerman considering he was not accused of killing Trayvon Martin for his race.
“It’s not enough to show that Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because of his race,” said Rachel Harmon, a law professor at the University of Virginia. “They would have to show that he attacked Martin for that reason.”
The FBI and Sanford Police Department’s confirmation that Martin’s death was not racially motivated combined with Zimmerman’s acquittal would make a case nearly impossible.