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Attorney General Holder Says Americans are Cowards On the Subject of Race

Here's the Associated Press report:

Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was "a nation of cowards" on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder said.

Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, but "we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."

Maybe one day we will know Americans are no longer cowards on race if they pass a law to protect the civil rights of minorities.

Or a black woman becomes one of the most successful businesswomen in America.

Or if a black man or woman can serve as secretary of state.

Or if one day they elect a black American to the highest office in the land.

Or if a black man can serve as attorney general, Eric Holder.

Of course all those things have happened already. But Holder is talking not so much about concrete progress made by minorities, but about how Americans discuss race and how they choose to associate in their private lives. Make of that what you will, but when someone in the government starts worrying about who I choose as my friends, I get worried that they are way deeper in my business than I care for them to be.

Update: It just occurred to me that while I was writing this post my daughter was in her room playing with the little girl who lives across the street -- who just happens to be black. The fact that it did not even occur to me until now, in my opinion, is more indicative of progress. Would you prefer to live in a country where you associated with those of other races without even thinking about it, or a country in which race was always on your mind and discussed at every opportunity. I know which America I choose and it is quite apparent which one Attorney General Holder would prefer. I guess in his book that makes me a coward.

Update II: Michelle Malkin talks about real race cowards.

Funny. When I think of racial cowards, I think of Barack Obama at Jeremiah Wright's church, sitting there week after week, year after year, saying nothing about the separatist demagoguery echoing from the pulpit to the pews.

When I think of racial cowards, I think of all the navel-gazers who fret about poisonous racial dialogue, but say nothing about "My President Is Black" bigotry...

...Holder doesn't want an honest dialogue about race. In the Age of Obama, "talking enough with each other about race" means the rest of us shutting up while being subjected to lectures about our insensitivity and insufficient integration on the weekends.

Allahpundit points out that Obama could have talked more about race during the campaign if he wanted to, but the Jeremiah Wright made that hard to do.

I didn't think about this when I first posted, but what does it say about Democrats/liberals who won't allow black Americans to identify themselves as conservatives or Republicans without calling them derogatory names? I guess it could be considered cowardice that so many liberals are afraid of and threatened by black conservatives who flee the liberal Democrat plantation.


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<a href="http://stuffwhitep... (Below threshold)
Part of the issue is the po... (Below threshold)

Part of the issue is the politically correct atmosphere for race relations. When you give people credence for discovering super double secret racial code words in every day speech, then you have to be careful what you say or better yet, say nothing. Is it cowardice to 'duck and cover' or just self preservation?

Maybe 1 day white people ca... (Below threshold)

Maybe 1 day white people can walk safely through the inner city ghettos.

Yet another white Philly cop lost their life last week to a black murderer/criminal. Who's the coward there?

Is this guy nuts? I say the... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Is this guy nuts? I say the LESS we talk about it the better. The more it's a non-issue, the more it stays a non-issue. I'm tired of the racial discussion.

Oops. I forgot. I shouldn... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Oops. I forgot. I shouldn't have posted my update because white Republicans are often called racist if they have black friends. Or maybe it is just if they let anybody know they have black friends. Hard to keep track of the rules. The really funny thing is that Holder says we are cowards for not discussing race, but so many times when Republicans talk about race they get ridiculed or called racist. It's enough to make your head spin isn't it?

I got a really weird email a couple of weeks ago from a woman who said every Republican is racist. Every single one. And that no Republican would ever vote for a black person. I told her that was provably wrong because there have been black candidates who have won Republican primaries where all or most of the votes were from Republicans. She said it could not be true.

"Holder said the workplace ... (Below threshold)

"Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives."

Speaking of "self-segregation" what does Mr Holder make of the Congressional BLACK Caucus? Or is that, according to Democratic nuance, "Different"?

So, Mr Holder, you want a discussion on race?
Early US history, blacks are slaves; Civil War - no more slavery. 1860-1960 blacks generally treated as second class citizens. 1960's - Civil Rights Awakening. 1960's - current: Black LEADERS: "You owe us", "We're first in line", "We can't be racists", "Where's your guilt?". That about cover it, Mr Holder?
Anything else you want to 'discuss'? Hey, I have a question. Does it BOTHER YOU that you helped get a convicted felon off? Or am I just "racist" for asking? Asshole.

This twit can kiss my ass... (Below threshold)

This twit can kiss my ass.

And right after that, he can apologize to those who gave their lives in the Civil War.


Holder: disappointing, but ... (Below threshold)

Holder: disappointing, but not surprising. Obama's promise to usher in a post-racial era was just campaign sweet talk...just like all of his other "promises."

Remember when the Cosby Sho... (Below threshold)

Remember when the Cosby Show was the number one hit on TV? All races watched that show.

And that was when racism died. But it was revived by people day by day who constantly point out racial differences.

IRONYi-ro-ny-... (Below threshold)

-noun, plural -nies.

1. Decrying the "cowardice" of Americans to discuss "things racial" on the same day that black hate-mongers (Al Sharpton, et al) go ballistic screaming "RACISM!!" over a cartoon with a chimp in it.

620,000 "cowardly" Americans died in a war that was about "things racial"...ending slavery in this nation as a result!

My daughter's best friend i... (Below threshold)
Mike Wright:

My daughter's best friend is the son of a Mexican-American father and a bi-racial mother. For the 12 years we have known him, all we have seen is a fine young man we call Andrew.
Holder's cheap rhetoric is a serious blunder/

If we shall suppose that... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether. - President Lincoln

But the truth of the Civil War is that the terrible price for American slavery has been paid, once for all, by the American people's deliberate acceptance of their duty to pay it when, in God's providence, Southern intransigence brought it due. - Alan Keyes

One white man and one black man, both Republicans.

There, now I have talked about race Mr. Holder.

Holder - "Holder said t... (Below threshold)

Holder - "Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives."

One word - Ebonics.

If that isn't self-segregation I don't what is. Holder can kiss my honky ass.

Holder's right, I'm guilty ... (Below threshold)
Occam's Beard:

Holder's right, I'm guilty as charged.

Can I buy a pardon from him?

Well now Eric, I wouldn't m... (Below threshold)
alphadog Author Profile Page:

Well now Eric, I wouldn't mind talking about race, but since there is only one thing I would be allowed to say on the subject ('Yes, I am a white closet racist!') without severe potential penalties, I have sort of lost interest in the topic.
I am sure O and friends will continue to have many conversations about it, and somehow, I think the fruit of these conversations will cost me and mine a lot of money.

There a difference between ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

There a difference between "cowards" and "been there, done that, and was called a racist for suggesting many roblems in the black community are self inflicted."

Race relations' real cowards are the professional victims, race-hustling poverty pimps, and black "leaders" who continue to divide the country along racial lines as a way to increase their personal power.

No matter, in 30-40 years Hispanics will be demographically running the country anyway. I'm sure they'll break out the world's smallest violin for blacks...

Holder can kiss my ass!... (Below threshold)

Holder can kiss my ass!

The dhimmicrats are the party of class warfare, racial warfare, and victim warfare.

It's simple...disagree with their views, and you are a racist or (insert word here) _________.

As conservatives, there is no use arguing with them...they use emotions, but counter that with logic and rationale, and their pea brains fail to comprehend, and it is fun to watch them sputter words and get ready to have their heads explode...

VagaBond,I remember ... (Below threshold)

I remember the Cosby show. And of course we must remember the cool reception Mr. Cosby got when he posed the uncomfortable question whether black America is indeed responsible for some of its own problems. It's gonna be a real drag being an American and having to listen to Obama and his people talk about the United States for the next 4 years: crisis, catastrophe, victimhood.... These people are poison.

It would be interesting to ... (Below threshold)

It would be interesting to find out Holder's "mix" of black/white friends (I mean REAL friends and not cocktail friends). When he says, "... we as average Americans," I can't help but think there's a set-up in the works. Reminds me of those folks who use the word "Honestly speaking..." every time they open their mouth -- you just KNOW you're not getting the whole story.

So when he says, "we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race," is it a CONFESSION ... or an observation? Just asking.

While being unPC, if the bl... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

While being unPC, if the black community wants to feel that they are not being discriminated against, quit calling yourself African American. If you are born in this country, you are first and foremost an American. Therefore, call your self an American of African descent. Same as the Hispanic community, Asian community, etc.

Would it be PC if I called myself European American? Christ, get over it. Either you are an American, or you are not!

I hope Attorney General Hol... (Below threshold)
Ted Henderson:

I hope Attorney General Holder realizes that racism is two way street. How are we going to make any progress when you try to polarize Americans against you with your ignorant comments. Who are you calling cowards? Do you mean everyone or a certain race. Your comments are very disappointing. This is the kind of crap I would expect from a Bush appointee, not someone appointed by the first Black president who was voted into office by all races in this country. I just can't believe the attorney general actually said this. I don't believe your going to bring us all together by calling us cowards.

Hey, get in line.R... (Below threshold)

Hey, get in line.

Reparations come right after we pay our Carbon Usage Tax. And fund the next Auto Industry Bailout bill. And fund the next Banking Industry Bailout Bill.

With Liberals, it's one petty resentment and one grievance after another. There is just no end to it.

We were fools to put these people in charge of our country.

we've had a black SecState ... (Below threshold)

we've had a black SecState (2), black chairman of Joint Chiefs, and now a black (sort of) President. Not to mention how many black governors, senators and representatives, both at state and federal level.

How are we still cowards?

Eric Holder is a cheap race hustler in the same vein as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. He cares about the race issue in the same way the arabs 'care' about the palestinian issue- only in its value as a rhetorical cudgel against opponents.

Plus he helped Clinton pardon criminals and terrorists, so he should be a national pariah. Instead, in Obama's 'bizarro world' administration, he is Atty General.

We live in wierd times. God help us.

Since use of a chimp or mon... (Below threshold)

Since use of a chimp or monkey is racist, I suggest contest to determine the best animal analogy for Obama. I vote for the Dodo bird.

"He cares about the race... (Below threshold)

"He cares about the race issue in the same way the arabs 'care' about the palestinian issue- only in its value as a rhetorical cudgel against opponents."

Bingo! And to elevate himself with words in a way he couldn't do with actions.

I think before we get all g... (Below threshold)

I think before we get all goody feely here, we should at least admit that racism is a problem in our great nation. I don't agree with Holder but we mustn't get complacent and think racism is a thing of the past.

I have a white father and a black mother, so as you can imagine i've had to endure racism at certain points in my life. My mother grew up in Atlanta during the 60's so you can imagine she lived through a lot of hatred and bigotry. She's says things have got better, but the hatred and bigotry is still here, it's just not accepted as it once was.

So racism is still a problem, and the discussions here only highlight that fact. When we no longer need to talk about and politicize this subject, when people see the person first and not the color, then and only then will racism no longer be a problem.

Eric Holder, like many blac... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

Eric Holder, like many blacks, and as many of us suspected Michele Obama, hates whitey and believes they deserve a ton of flesh.

Holder just is a more refined version of Reverend Wright.

As long as we won't call a ... (Below threshold)

As long as we won't call a spade a spade, we're all cowards, eh Mr. Attorney General?

So, Mr. Holder, "we" don't ... (Below threshold)

So, Mr. Holder, "we" don't integrate enough for you? Fine. Then let's disband the NAACP, end Black History Month, eliminate all "black studies" programs, shut down militant black churches, send Je$$ie Jack$on and Bullhorn Sharpton out to pasture, and put a stake through the heart of all quotas, affrimative action and other race-based programs.

Oh, that's not what you meant? My bad.

I think when african americ... (Below threshold)

I think when african americans stop playing the victim, relations will improve. That God Barry proved no matter what the cirumstances, you can rise to whatever you want to be. ww

I agree. How can we get... (Below threshold)

I agree. How can we get beyond something if don't focus on it more often ? It's a national crisis that requires government intervention!!! Repeal freedom of association !!!!1111!!!!

if holder made a mistake, i... (Below threshold)

if holder made a mistake, it was in putting a broad brush to his accusation.

i do think (if you actually paid attention to what he was saying ) that he was taking the politically correct crowd to task, and rightfully so. they are always tring to cover up our differences and make us all the same. many of them are motivated for good, but this is another case where the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.

i must say that many on the extreme right like maulkin constantly speak out and show you exactly where their bias and hatred are, and they do not hide their contempt for those who are not like them.

ignorance should be out in the light where we can all see it. we will never know how bad our problems are or who to reach out to and help if we shut everybody up.

other than using the broad brush of blame, holder was entirely correct. we should all be able to speak freely on this. not just a select few. and we should start now.

U.S. a nation of cowards wh... (Below threshold)

U.S. a nation of cowards when it comes to racial discussion? Who is he trying to kid? We have discussed it since 1776 and have only become more deeply mired in negative outcomes regardless of the recent election and his own appointment - obviously far over his head. I wonder what that makes Africa where many countries have frank White exclusion policies, notably Zimbabwe has been violently and even murderously evicting White businesspeople and farmers since the 1990s? South Africa is a mess, not an acheivement. Or does he consider more advanced - places such as the Islamic world, or Latin America, or China or famously, Japan, an island that doesn't require immigration from the third world or immigration at all - compared to Great Britain, which is so mired in accomodating immigrants that it has shut down St. George's Day, Guy Falk Day, and are suppressing all other British holidays, while immigrant and non-British communities openly and loudly celebrate their holidays publicly? What should the cost of dialogue be? Could it be that the real point of all this is to actually exterminate the White European World - already the real true world minority?

"i must say that many on... (Below threshold)

"i must say that many on the extreme right like maulkin constantly speak out and show you exactly where their bias and hatred are, and they do not hide their contempt for those who are not like them."

Yeah, because we all know that Malkin hasn't endured any racist commentary directed toward her, right?

The really strange thing is that they don't hate Malkin because she's Asian. They hate her for other reasons. So why do they make all manner of horrible comments about her based purely on her heritage?

Malkin did what she did to mock others. It was a poor attempt and childish, I think. But racist? No, I don't think so.

Quite frankly, *I* had already developed an opinion about Eric Holder before today. And it was not a favorable opinion. An opinion based on the man's actions; things he's said and done over the years.

My point in the above paragraph is that I just found out this morning he was black. I never even knew. I'd never seen a photograph of him. Yet, someone might quickly think I am opposed to Eric Holder because of his color.

I tire of hearing charges of racism when it's not there. I get so tired of hearing "the first black man!" or "the first woman!". For once I'd like to hear...

"The first truly competent and honorable human being!"

I just don't understand how... (Below threshold)

I just don't understand how so many people can get it so wrong.

I don't understand how the media and American people can't see right through this administrations agenda.

Do you really think this guy Eric Holder is that stupid?

Do really think that the Attorney General of the United States of America woke up and said today I am going to go on national TV and call white people cowards.

This administration was hand picked by Obama to spear head and move forward
Obamas ( Life long agenda ) and they are going to do this before America wakes up from the dream and the media pull their heads out of that very dark and lazy place they seam to be.

Watching the American news media play right into Holders comments by showing black inner-cities and then white suburbs just made me what to throw up.

Obama and his administration shoved through his 780,000,000,000 dollar stimulus plan all 800 pages of it. We now know most of it is just a redistribution of wealth to the welfare systems around the country.

Yesterday Obama introduced his 75,000,000,000 dollar housing bailout.
And that money is going to who? Oh! that's right, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and only Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

How soon the American people forget it was Fannie and Freddie who for profit
extended loans to high risk borrowers with lower incomes and schemes like subprime mortgages that was the epacenter of this melt down.

Eric Holders comments are just a tool of this administrations agenda. ( Again Life Long Agenda )
My question to the American people is, "do you feel guilty yet?" are you ready to unlock your child's
money draw again for a few hundred more billion?

Has the media forgotten how this man Obama came to power? Absolute idiots!

Holder, RESIGN!... (Below threshold)

Holder, RESIGN!

I'd like to have heard him ... (Below threshold)

I'd like to have heard him say that at the table at one of my family reunions. He's got some swagger since he's gained position, but he'd wet his skivvies if he were in the middle of my tribe. He would think better than to say such as that. That's why you'll never see O or his cronies hanging out in the Deep South.

It's sickening to read the ... (Below threshold)
Mickey Lane:

It's sickening to read the vitriol coming from some of you! However, I don't agree with the victimology used by some black leaders. Right now there is an uproar re a cartoon which A. Sharpton et all are jumping on, but the kicker is where were they when 'W'Bush was being depicted as a monkey & worse. Please know that I never voted for 'W'Bush and feel he was not a good pres but he was the butt of all jokes!

What a load of crap. AOL h... (Below threshold)

What a load of crap. AOL has a "Black Voices" channel, we have a "Black Caucus" in Congress, high schools have African American and Hispanic and Asian student unions. The list goes on. I'm REALLY curious as to why those are not discriminatory but if we labeled anything "White" or "Caucasian" it WOULD be vilified as discriminatory.

You white folks are hilario... (Below threshold)
Mirror Holder:

You white folks are hilarious. Carry on.






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