eric_holderOn Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States as a “nation of cowards” on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.

In a speech he gave in front of the Justice Department, to mark black history month, Mr. Holder stated that while the workplace is integrated socially, we are a nation that chooses to be voluntarily socially segregated.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.

“This is truly sad. Given all that we as a nation went through during the civil rights struggle, 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.”

Fair enough Mr. Holder, let’s discuss some racial issues:

Mr. Holder is the first black attorney general. One has to ponder if he intentionally is trying to escalate tension between the races with the outrageous statements he made.

First and foremost, let’s discuss which race is segregating. As a race, black people have an all black college, BET – Black Entertainment Channel and Essence Magazine just to cite a few black only “institutions.”

Secondly, with whom I socialize is my choice. Let’s be realistic, there are and always will be cultural differences between us because we are different. I can’t quite picture my 19 year old son who is into heavy metal “hanging out” at a hip-hop club anymore than I can picture a black friend of mine frequenting a club that features country music. Not that it doesn’t happen… it’s just less likely.

How, Mr. Holder, can we discuss race related issues when it seems, at least in my experience, that when you disagree with a black person’s opinion, you are accused of being racist. Why,  Mr. Holder, when disagreeing with a black person, do they seem unwilling or unable to accept the fact that perhaps, just maybe it has to do with the fact I disagree on the issue rather than that I am just being contrary simply based on the color of their skin?? When, Mr Holder, will the black race at large, truly want to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin??

You see, Mr. Holder, for a race that doesn’t want to be judged by the color of their skin, it occurs to me that as a race, black folks WANT you to take note of the color of their skin when it comes to getting a job, even if there is a more qualified white person to fill it. That is just one example, but there are many more.

Why would a race not wanting to be judged by the color of there skin accept extra points on college entrance exams not by merit but based on the color of their skin? You see, Mr. Holder, I am white and let me assure you that if my home were on fire, I would want a firefighter there who was MOST qualified to save my family and myself, not the man that quotas dictated. Why is it, Mr. Holder, if I were to set up a United Caucasian College Fund, I would be denounced as a bigot or racist??

My point, Mr. Holder, is this until there is TRUE equality, true equality where folks get jobs based on ability, homes based on ability to pay and education based on grades, you will always have some degree of resentment between the races.

In retrospect, Mr. Holder, you are correct, we are a nation of cowards, at least in my opinion, the white folks are, or we would be speaking out against the racism now be perpetrated on us as a race. We allow these injustices to continue for fear of being called a bigot.

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