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Eric Holder The Overachieving Firstborn Brother

     Birth of the Boys Eric Himpton Holder Jr. was born January 1, 1951 the firstborn child to Eric Himpton Holder Sr. a native of Barbados who arrived in the United States at the age of eleven and Miriam Yearwood Holder whose parents were born in Barbados. Eighteen months later his brother William Yearwood Holder would be born.

Sibling Rivalry What happens between the first two siblings depends on a number of issues. The spacing between them and their genders are the most important issues. If the spacing is four years or more there is little interaction between them and little sibling rivalry. With less than four years spacing an attempt by the second born to dethrone the firstborn is always possible. The Holder boys were closely spaced at eighteen months so the stage was set for a the battle to take the throne. This is the classic Cain and Abel story told in the bible of brother against brother. Usually the firstborn is better in school and the second born becomes the athlete with more social skills. What happens when the firstborn is both the student and athlete? Then the firstborn is very secure and instead of having a conflict with his younger brother he is supportive.

The Firstborn There are several types of firstborns that develop in response to the gender of the sibling younger them themselves. Each tries to hold their position as top dog in the family hierarchy. They all try to be high achievers in school. The firstborn child tends to relate to the parent with the most power and this was his father who was 21 years older than his mother. They also enforce the family rules and are the leaders or CEO's of the birth order sequence. They try not to upset the establishment or the way things are done. Firstborns don't like to make mistakes and when they do they tend to find excuses why they were right. Making a mistake goes to their very core for as children they were always suppose to be perfect. Firstborns will follow the rules but would rather be the one that makes them.

Ricky and Billy Holder These were the names given to the boys by their friends and neighbors as they were growing up. In fourth grade Ricky or Eric was given a test to identify gifted students and he went on to study at another school leaving the school he shared with his brother. Basketball and even baseball were both interests to Eric (Ricky) and by ninth grade he was 6ft 3inches and had a smooth three point shot and an easy dunk shot. I don't know how his younger brother reacted to his brother the high achiever but it must have put Eric at ease with his position in the family. Eric did comment that his younger brother was much "cooler" them himself in his taste in clothes and music and he had to work to be cool too. Eric described himself as an "egg head".

Middle Class Environment The boys grew up in a middle class neighborhood in East Elmhurst, Queens. This neighborhood was in transition during the time the boys were growing up. It had been a Jewish community that slowly changed to a predominantly black neighborhood. Today the family home has a market value of $417,000 dollars. The family had a new Cadillac every year so things must have been good for the Holder family. Most of his parent's friends were from the Caribbean Islands and their children first generation Americans. This gave Eric a different slant on being Black as his parent's friends came from Islands where the majority were Black. Fitting into the American Black experience was a learned one for Eric.

Finding His Identity In the fourth grade in his local school he was selected to participate in a program for gifted students. From here he went on to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. This was huge his younger brother said as its students were primarily white and Jewish. He graduated 363 in a class of 721 boys. There is no question his younger brother was not going to dethrone him academically. He has said he lived in two worlds, the White world and White friends in school and his Black friends and his Black world at home When in Jr. High he read the autobiography of Malcolm X which gave him a clearer view of life as a Black man. While in college he played "big brother" to less advantaged Black children and took them to NY City to show them what was outside their world. He then went on to Columbia where he played freshman basketball and was co-captain of his team. Got an AB degree in History and a Law degree from Columbia. He further identified with the American Black experience when he married the sister of Vivian Malone Jones who led the effort to integrate the University of Alabama

Work History the Boys go in Different Directions Eric worked for the NAACP legal Defense fund during the Summer of his college years . After graduation he joined the US Justice Department Public Integrity Section. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1988. Was Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno in the Clinton administration. He became US Attorney for the District of Columbia under President Clinton. He was the senior legal adviser to Barack Obama during his presidential campaign and severed as its co-chair. In December 2008 he was nominee for Attorney General under President Obama. He became the 82nd Attorney General and the first African American. His younger brother William became a Port Authority Police Officer and retired in 1999. He now owns six McDonald franchises and plays a lot of golf.

Controversies in His Career Eric Holder the very nice man who just wants to follow the rules and do things right has been involved in a number of controversial decisions in his legal career. He was the gatekeeper of the pardons under Clinton where Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans both former Weather Underground members were pardoned. He also was involved with the Mark Rich pardon. The fact that the Rich family had given at least 1.5 million to Clinton interests may have had an influence on getting his pardon. Holder was very involved in the pardon of the 16 members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation whose mission was to secure Puerto Rico's independence. He has condemned the Guantanamo Bay detention Center. On April 23, 2010 the Arizona immigration law was passed. In a May 13th house hearing he admitted that he had not read the statute. Holder also dropped the case against the Black Panther Party for voter intimidation. Currently he is being questioned about the ATF program "Fast and Furious" where guns were sold to straw buyers who in turn transported them across the Mexican border to the drug lords.

How will Eric Holder Address his Current Controversies? Because of his birth order we have unmasked his real personality. The firstborn that does not want to be confrontational and carry out the requests of his superior. Look for him to not take direct responsibility for anything. He will have a lapse of memory or someone else was in charge. His nice guy helpful nature landed him the top spot in the justice department but it is Eric who will have to take a stand or stand down.

Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst is the author of Life's Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your Path Throughout Life. Find out more about birth order and how it will help you unmask your personality and those in your life at or

Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst is the author of Life's Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your Path Throughout Life. Find out more about birth order and how it will help you unmask your personality and those in your life at or

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Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst is the author of Life's Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your Path Throughout Life. Find out more about birth order and how it will help you unmask your personality and those in your life at or

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