Posted by: ST on February 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Via AP:

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? 8-|

(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.

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4 Responses to “He said what?? (UPDATE: TRANSCRIPT ADDED)”


  1. Helen says:

    Will he be suggesting week-end busing for families to spend their private time as the state tells them to do with whom the state chooses? Just asking.

  2. ultraguy says:

    People might be more inclined to be “frank” on such matters if we had not been bludgeoned by 30+ years of politically correct indoctrination and finger-wagging into the straight-jacket of what constitutes ‘free’ public discourse these days (Dinesh D’Souza, Thomas Sowell and other brave souls notwithstanding).

  3. Leslie says:

    Well, although if you ask me AG Holder sounds as much like Rev. Wright as ST sounds like a member of the KKK–i.e., not one bit–I still think we’re making great progress on race. Umm, exactly who is president?

    Anyway: If you look at popular culture rather than listening to the usual suspects, what do you find?

    . The wedding in the movie “Rachel Getting Married” involves the wedding of a mix-race couple–a fact that is never mentioned.

    . On “House” bisexual (white) “13” is having an affair with black Dr. Foreman.

    . “American Idol” has had popular contestants of all races.

    . The NFL, whose owners virtually had to be clubbed into agreeing to even interview blacks for head coaching jobs, now has a few who’ve won Super Bowls. The last being Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, whose owner was the very man who forced the other owners to agree to the Rooney Rule.

    I could go on, but I think I made my point.

  4. Lorica says:

    I do have to agree with you Dear. Who really wants to have a discussion on race when the other side calls blacks on this side of the aisle “Uncle Toms”??? Maybe when they decide to be abit more respectful, we might be able to talk about this abit. – Lorica