More Racism Needed, Says New (Black) Attorney General

And we thought we were supposed to be colorblind!

Ever since the glory days of the civil rights era, Americans have been told repeatedly that a person's race is not a legitimate reason to discriminate against him or her; it is, as it were, only skin deep, and we should confine ourselves to judging people by their character alone.

In the main, this message has been received, consumed, and totally internalized.  We now have a black President.  Before that, we had two black Secretaries of State in a row; have wealthy black businessmen and entertainers; and think nothing of seeing a black doctor, lawyer, or a black in any other professional-grade job.

The young are even more truly color-blind, apparently not even considering their race when contemplating whom they'd like to date.  Black, brown, yellow, white, red - it's all the same when the lights are out.

This view that race no longer matters much has been utterly false according to our newly-appointed black Attorney General.  Said Eric Holder to his subordinates:

In things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards...  We, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.

Perhaps Mr. Holder, unlike virtually every other American, does not watch television.  Anyone who paid attention to the past two years of campaign coverage might be excused for a small degree of skepticism at his statement that Americans don't talk about race enough.

Hardly a newscast went by without pointing out the historic! nature! of this campaign! of the First BLACK Man for President!  Thrills ran up legs near and far.

The only debate against comparisons of Barack Obama with Abraham Lincoln was whether, in reality, he was actually more like Jesus Christ.  We vividly recall a major speech he delivered on the subject of race which received a great deal of comment at the time though it's clearly been forgotten, at least by Mr. Holder.  Might Mr. Holder be well advised to study the sayings of his boss?

In fact, insofar as any Americans refrained from discussing the Historic Blackness of Barack Obama, it was for a darn good reason: let the word so much as escape your lips in any way other than in sycophantic praise, and every pundit on the planet instantly deemed you a racist of the worst sort.

In fact, the same is true for each and every black person of national renown: anyone who wants to keep job or reputation dare not breathe anything that might even appear to be anything other than adulatory.  Even criticizing black officials in a totally non-racial way, such as pointing out Mr. Obama's total lack of governing experience or bemoaning Rep. Rangel's cheating on his income tax, was decreed to be racist.

Concerning people of color in less exalted environs than the Oval Office, positively the last thing opinion-makers will allow is any discussion of race as it relates to anything in the real world.

Why do blacks disproportionately commit crimes?  Why is the black illegitimacy rate so high?  Why are inner-city schools so bad and their streets so mean?  There's one acceptable answer: the monstrously monumental monolithic racism of American whites.

Blaming anything else is, well, racist - even if it's being said by Dr. Bill Cosby, who as Mr. Holder must have overlooked, is more than somewhat black himself.

As with any sermon, though, the Rev. Holder did not want his audience to leave thinking "What a great sermon!" but rather "I must do something!"  The Associated Press reports:

He told hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered for the event that they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding. [emphasis added]

Time does not permit us to research the legislation which established the Justice Department and FBI, but we were under the impression that the employees of those agencies had a special responsibility to advance the cause of justice.  All that is now as dead as J. Edgar Hoover.

These erstwhile gun and handcuff agents of what used to be called the FBI will now sally forth as card-carrying agents of the Federal Bureau for Racial Understanding, buying the world a Coke and with "Kum-Ba-Ya" falling from their lips.  The terrorists and mafioso whom they formerly pursued must be trembling in their boots - particularly those who prefer Pepsi.

After all, Eric Holder is not your ordinary blowhard, he's the boss, and can fire his G-persons if they are insufficiently diligent in their newly designated goal of promoting racial understanding.

Meanwhile, as advised by our Attorney General, we know just what to do next time we're mugged on the mean streets of New York: start a conversation about race.  Or is that not quite what he meant?

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Reader Comments
Hilarious, brilliant and sad. We won't stop to note that WHITES put Obama and his crew in office. I guess they all stopped being racist, for a few minutes, on November 8th.
February 19, 2009 9:15 AM
To be fair, Holder never said that anyone was racist. He only said that Americans should discuss it more - a point I happen to agree with. For all we know, he agrees with Cosby that black welfare programs are racist and should be talked about.
February 19, 2009 9:28 AM
Holder is a racist of the worst kind or, as he believes, if you are black it is imposible to be a racist.
February 19, 2009 10:42 AM
This story was reported by Fox News. CNN didn't even include it in the news of the day segment. Typical.
February 19, 2009 11:00 AM
Come on! I've been around for many years and gone the gamut of colored, negro to black...I am so afraid of saying anything w/out getting arrested. I'm a white woman who has always been called a 'honky bitch'....who's racist!

Each individual is each's own goodness. I have a problem with the country's top lawyer telling us that justice is NOT blind.

February 19, 2009 11:25 AM
Blacks represent 15% of the population (approx. 98% of them voted for Obama. Without 98% of the black vote, Obama would not be president. Now that's racism!
75% of highschool students in Chicago, Detroit and Philly drop out without graduating. They are almost 100% black. This is not an education issue, this is a culture issue.
Of the 10 million people being bailed out of their mortgages, how many are black? A quick guess is a disproportionately high number.
Almost all people working for ACORN (as shown on Cable news)are black. ACORN got a huge pile of money from the stimulus.
How's that for frank talk about race Mr Holder.
February 19, 2009 11:27 AM
Nation of Cowards?...let start by defining the is a misspelled name of a country in Africa called Niger, someone, a long time ago, who may have been illiterate, added an extra G to describe the people from a country in Africa called Niger, simple as that. How about WHITEY?, it is a persons last name or it can also be a description of the color white. There are many other words that are used to describe people from different parts of the world. We have turned the N-WORD and other slang versions of common words into something more than what they are. When we can't say these words without them being racist slurs, then we should be called a nation of cowards. Once we face up to this fact we can move on and stop using slang to define a person, place or thing, and rise up those who distort the truth and learn to use this common language called English. We will always have double meanings if we continue to see in black and white, try and see more vivid colors, like the rainbow of light that we made of. We are all one people, we are humans...get over it.
February 19, 2009 3:53 PM
Dear Eric Holder,

Have you ever, even in a joking manner, used the words: honky, cracker, whitey or peckerwood?

Have you ever celebrated Black History Month, agreed with Affirmative Action or supported the Black Congressional Caucus?

Do you attend a black-only church or live in a predominantly-black neighborhood?

Do you agree that tax dollars should favor businesses that are minority owned or agree that black employees should not be subjected to English tests?

Eric, if you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I'd like to have a conversation with you about your racist preferences. I would like to ask how you plan on helping America eliminate these racist preferences. You've asked that we talk about it, and I agree that it's time.


The White Community
February 19, 2009 4:09 PM
Who really cares! Where I live the black on black crime is rampant. The black community is a damn war zone! EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

"WE THE PEOPLE" throw millions and billions of dollars at the problems each year in the communities they live no avail. They would rather be uneducated, unemployed/underemployed, a mother at thirteen.a daddy at fourteen, a thirty-five year old on and so on. CAN YOU FEEL ME?

Until the black communities personally address the problems they create and craft their own solutions to the violence and the stupidity, it is never going to change, no matter what the rest of us do!

February 19, 2009 4:34 PM
A child that has never been told that there might be a difference between the races would never be racist. My grandparents were racist but lived in a part of the country with out a single black person. My mother had no idea they were racist until she sent my eldest brother with his black friend to go pick up a sofa.

My mother didn't know her parents were racist until she was nearly forty years old. Why? Because it never came up. Because my mother never had a chance to learn that she 'should' be racist she grew up race neutral. We do not need to talk more about racism, but instead less. Humans are not naturally racist, a person of any color just looks like a person to a very young child. Just as a child has to be taught the difference between a horse and a dog (they both have four legs after all) so to do they have to be taught the difference between a black man and a white man.

While it is true that the 'black community' has serious social issues they have nothing to do with the fact that their skin happens to be darker than mine. The problem is the role models that young children, of any skin color, choose in the inner city.

The only reason their skin color matters is because they are told repeatedly that it does matter. An anecdotal example is in "On the uses of a liberal education: 2. As a weapon in the hands of the restless poor" (do a google search and you can find the full article). The author, Earl Shorris, offered to inner city people an opportunity to receive classes as one might from a major four year university in the first year.

One of the girls that was taking his classes told him that the people in her neighborhood told her that it "wasn't no use goin' to school because the white man wouldn't let you up no matter what." The article is copyrighted 1997, so I assume that the article was written that same year. I remember 1997 quite well, while I will in no way say that there was no racism twelve years ago I would also say that there were plenty of successful black people. Obviously if the 'white man' was trying to keep all black people down they were very good at it.

It wasn't the white people that prevented black people from succeeding, it was black people telling the black people that racism exists, that they can not succeed and most importantly it isn't their fault. The black community can fail and blame it all on forces outside of their control. The easy way out.

The final paragraph of the article speaks for itself and to me shows the impossibility that the 'white man' has anything to do with the problems faced in the inner city.

"A year after graduation, ten of the first sixteen Clemente Course graduates were attending four-year colleges or going to nursing school; four of them had received full scholarships to. Bard College. The other graduates were attending community college or working fulltime. Except for one: she had been fired from her job in a fast-food restaurant for trying to start a union."

Racism is an excuse. In America there is only one person that can prevent you from succeeding and that is yourself. In America there is only one person that can give you success and that is yourself. Go and earn your place in this world.
February 19, 2009 5:57 PM
Holder's comments are really pathetic. He has made it clear he will be an Attorney General who will administer justice through the prism of race. If whites are cowards for not associating more with blacks, what does that make his boss, Obama, who spent most of his adult life associating and collaborating with a black separatist minister whose agenda, besides preaching hatred for America, is to encourage blacks to self segregate themselves from the rest of America. Unfortunately, the Rev. Wright is not alone in the black communities around the country.
February 19, 2009 6:28 PM
This is part of the problem with representatives of special interest groups holding office. His obvious preoccupation with racism distracts him from doing the best work possible in his position, which means the majority are compromised by his wastefulness of time and energy. Sad.
February 19, 2009 6:43 PM
The 2-year, too-long, campaign and now the Obama presidency have set the country's race relations back at least 20 years. It is ALL about race - do not be fooled. The white folk I know have had it with going out-of-their-way all of these years to prove they are not racist in this politically-correct country. Whatever concessions and kindnesses the whites give, it seems to never be enough - the whites are worn out. Very, very sad. Meanwhile, with the government/liberals treating the majority of African-Americans as "victims", it only makes the situation worse.
February 19, 2009 6:52 PM
How often did the issue of race come up during the tenures of Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice as Secretaries of State? To my recollection, it was a virtual non-issue. Neither Powell nor Rice beat this dead horse. What purpose could Mr. Holder and those in the Obama camp have for trying to revive this animal?

And, when did Mr. Holder conduct his poll of ME to determine I'm a coward when it comes to race? As the white husband of a black wife, I'm sure I'm among those cowardly Americans identified by Holder. It's sure good to know that our "leadership" in Washington can ascertain the intent of all 300 million American hearts.

Get off that poor horse, Mr. Holder. He's dead. The only thing to come from your dead horse is disease, which for the most part has already been exterminated. Please don't revive it for our children.
February 19, 2009 10:48 PM
Mr HOLDER,,,have you watched cable,or any TV lately? its about 80% slanted to kissing black butts and trying to invoke the "hip hop"attitudes to ALL kids of ALL colors. And cAN you believe this ? there is actually a channel called BET that shows ONLY black programming. Now i believe THAT sir,is racist. ANd BTW,,you make me SICK !
February 19, 2009 11:01 PM
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