Attorney General Holder: We’re “A Nation Of Cowards On Race”
Good for him! He’s already being beaten up by the right for saying it, Holder marked Black History Month by giving a speech to Justice Department employees, where he was critical of Americans on the race issue.
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.
Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
He urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for frank talk about racial matters.
“It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable,” Holder said. “If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”
Predictably, the rightwingosphere is going crazy on this. Over at chez Malkin, she’s using as an opportunity to call Obama a race coward. This reminds me of when you say something to a five-year-old and the child’s only comeback is, “No, you are.”Click here for reuse options!
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