February 19, 2009

Eric Holder Calls Out America as a 'Nation of Cowards' on Race Relations (Video)

Dayum ... I think that Eric Holder is my new hero! Did you hear our nation's first Black attorney general call the United States was "a nation of cowards" on matters of race?

Villagers are invited to see the video (down lower in this blog post) of speech given to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month where Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives and that most Americans avoid candid discussions of racial issues.
"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."
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."

Holder urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for honest discussion of racial matters, including issues of health care, education and economic disparities.

Race, Holder said, "is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation's history, this is in some ways understandable... 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."

In a country founded by slave owners, race has bedeviled the nation throughout its history, with Blacks denied the right to vote just a few decades ago. Obama's triumph last November as well as the nomination of Holder stand as historic achievements of two Black Americans.

Holder told hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered for the event that they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding. I think that this challenge that he gave to his employees should be taken by all villagers.

Even when people mix at the workplace or afterwork social events, Holder argued, many Americans in their free time are still segregated inside what he called "race-protected cocoons."

"Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not in some ways differ significantly from the country that existed almost 50 years ago. This is truly sad," said Holder.

Holder's speech built on the words from the speech on race given last year by presidential candidate Barack Obama. Obama urged the nation to break "a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years" and bemoaned the "chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races."




I think that the Attorney General was provocative in a positive and proactive manner. Quite the opposite of that New York Post cartoonist. What say u?

8 comments:

D.J. said...

He is my new hero!!!!

Regina said...

Thanks for posting the vid because I missed it.
Great stuff!

Martin Lindsey. said...

Yep, he was right on point.

And the cartoonist and editors at the NY Post are all idiots.

Steve Harvey said he has some newspaper contact info on his site for people to follow up and express their displeasure. I haven't checked it out but I plan to post on it and complain to them directly.

Janet Shan said...

Great speech and I am glad he said it. Funny how Matt Drudge (Drudge Report) has it prominently displayed on his website, but not for the reasons you and I agree on.

MacDaddy said...

I think it's because he knows he's working under Obama that he can say this. He knows he will not be fired for speaking the truth under Obama.

Thoughts of the Day said...

Michael Eric Dyson and Pat Buchannan on Eric Holders comments and race.

Wow... what do you think?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/29287466#29287466

Villager said...

D.J. - His comments appear to have shaken things up. I appreciate what he had to say. It appears to make others squirm...

Regina - Glad that this blog could be of assistance!

Martin - I see today that the New York Post continues to backtrack...

Janet - I imagine that Drudge, Limbaugh, Hannity and others would be pumpin' up the volume for their wingnut audiences...

MacDaddy - It must feel good to have a powerful brother covering your back...

Villager said...

Thoughts for the Day - Thank you for the link to the MSNBC video. I've used it as a full-fledged blog post so that more villagers can check it out...