"In things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. . . ." — Eric Holder, Attorney General
This statement to a group of hundreds of Justice Department employees during Black History month is indicative of the condescension the new administration is practicing on all levels. Whether talking down the economy or talking down America’s racial progress, the most diverse political administration in U.S. history seems determined to accentuate the negative. The only question is how far in this will it go?
The debate on progress on race is more more substantial as well as more open in America than than in any other nation. Indeed, Attorney General Holder is an example of that and to assert that regardless of tremendous racial justice advancements either shows he’s out of touch with Americans of all colors. [This indicates he basically dislikes everyone of any color.]
The only cowards here are pundits and mainstream media journalists in [Actually, the NYTimes has laid off very few writers]or those inside The Beltway who lament, “we walk on the streets all day with ‘these people’ but then we go home to our million dollar condos where only the help are people of color.” [This just doesn’t work at all. Few journalists have million-dollar condos, plus I don’t understand the lament aspect.]
During the election, I appeared on CNN with anchor Rick Sanchez. The topic was whether hite people would vote against Obama because of race. The producer frantically searched for anyone to support that position, and finally did settle for “anyone” — a guy at a minor league baseball game who said, “I won’t vote for a black man.” Yet another example of trying to make the news rather than reporting it Likewise, is Eric Holder, the first black Attorney General in our history, commenting on a problem or trying to create one?
If we are cowards, it is because we are so afraid of receiving the Scarlett Letter of the 21st Century, an “R” for racist. We were therefore afraid to ask tough questions of Pres. Obama that demanded asking. Attorney General Holder seems determined to keep us afraid and to keep us silent.
[This just pops out of nowhere and detracts from the argument.]
Holder does have a point in his discussions of the American social structure. As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the most segregated hour in America is 11 am on Sunday. Certainly there’s more work to be done. But the job of the Attorney General is not to lecture on social structure; rather, it‘is to ensure the law of the land is followed. Holder may be our top cop, but he does not head up the “Thought Police.” Yet.
Holder says there have been improvements in the workplace but “almost no significant interaction between”races outside the workplace. "Given all that we as a nation went through during the civil rights struggle," he claimed, "it is hard for me to accept that the result of those efforts was to create an America that is more prosperous, more positively race-conscious and yet is voluntarily socially segregated." Demographic evidence supports him. But again, the government and the Attorney General are supposed to promote and defending equal rights, not tell Americans they are cowards in their personal lives.
The Attorney General seems to be part of the Michelle Obama/Princeton angry and uncomfortable part of America. In my lifetime, there has been a continual discussion of race. Southerners are much maligned for the history of old but get very little credit for their racial accomplishments. Holder and Pres. Obama need to travel a little more outside their bubble. Desegregation cannot be forced and forced integration was a failure. We see the wreckage of that in school systems across America, nevertheless desegregation has been more successful in America than anywhere else in the world. [Not true. A lot of nations, especially in Latin America, don’t really even have a concept of race.]
Holder should take comfort in his own acknowledgment of progress in religious desegregation. Evangelicals have done the most in reaching out the people of faith of all races. I believe the solution to race is not in the government or the Attorney General’s office; it is in the ideals rooted in Christianity. It was the slave’s embracement of Christianity that made white people of faith start to question “the peculiar institution” and begin the abolition movement. In the early 1990s, the Christian Coalition began the outreach to faithful black Americans on social issues.
No, we should not reach out to anyone just to try to right past wrongs. That is not possible; we cannot reach back in time and erase slavery or Jim Crow. But we can and must work together to further racial progress and do so because it’s right, not because we’re scared of the “R-word.” thing to do. Moreover, church-going whites are not that much different then church-going blacks on social issues even though they overwhelming vote for more liberal candidates.
I’ m sure Holder was not really trying to encourage a religious debate in this country. But if we are going have a discussion on race, we ought to have a discussion on why the liberal agenda so opposes the religious values that church-going folks believe. It remains to be seen whether Holder may try to to deter such discussions as a violation of the so-called “separation of church and state.”
Whatever Holder says or believes, we are not a nation of cowards on race or anything else – as is evident to anyone who knows more about the country than can be gleaned from flying over it and attending wine and cheese parties with liberal elites.