Sarah Sheard's Thoughts and Theories

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eric Holder says we are cowards

According to an Associated Press report on Attorney General Eric Holder's speech during a ceremony at the Department of Justice,

Holder said...the United States was "a nation of cowards" on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues.
'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." '

Now my response:
I am white. I was brought up in an integrated neighborhood outside of Cleveland Ohio. Back then race and racism were a valued and valuable topic of discussion. In the last 20 years such topics have become politically incorrect. Holder is correct in saying we don't discuss it, although the "cowardice" imho means we don't dare say things that are politically incorrect, not that we're cowards about the other race.

I think in refusing to talk about it for 2 decades, we have driven racists underground in most areas. As a result I think some people, especially young people, do not experience racism and see no problem with interracial dating, etc. But there is a core of people who still have not discussed race and their ideas toward it and why those ideas don't meet their own purported value systems.

I think it is time to admit
-Racism is alive and well
-By all's not just white v. African Americans
-We need to make a decision that we are going to understand and fix our own attitudes.


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