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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the United States is a nation of cowards on matters of race.
In a speech Wednesday to Justice Department employees marking black history month, Holder said that many racial issues remain unresolved and average Americans “simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
The nation’s first black attorney general, Holder said the American workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.
He urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for frank talk about racial matters.
The irony that the first black AG in our nation’s history – who was nominated by our first black president in history – is the one making these claims should not escape anyone.
Who’d have thought that someone Obama picked to serve in his cabinet would sound a little like Obama’s spiritual mentor Rev. Wright?
(Hat tip: ST reader Neo)
Update 1: Here’s a more detailed article on Holder’s remarks.
I wonder if Holder understands that in terms of people in this country “not talking more about race,” that most of it has to do with the fact that anytime a white Republican talks about the issue he or she is branded a racist by Democrats, both white and black? That’s a way of trying to shut down the debate, and if Holder has big issues in any breakdowns in communications, he should start with his own party.
Update 2 -4:47PM: Here’s a transcript of Holder’s remarks.