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9 years 8 weeks ago, 10:28 AM


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Eric Holder Calls US a 'Nation of Cowards'
By Tommy Christopher
Feb 19th 2009 12:01AM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is causing quite a ruckus on the interweb tonight for remarks that he made to his justice department employees:
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder said. "We, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial."
Oh,Eric, I beg to differ.

I expect reaction to these remarks to fall into one of two camps:

1. "How dare that uppity so-and-so call us cowards?!?"

2. "Well, his choice of words was poor, but I agree with his larger point.

You can mark me up for column 3.

Since Barack Obama entered the presidential race, there has been no shortage of "brave" Americans willing to talk about race. Geraldine Ferraro, for instance. PUMA superhero Harriet Christian, for instance. The six jillion people who wrote "Is America ready for a black president?" articles, for instance. Every pollster, for instance. Your boss, for instance.

It seems like discussions of race are A-OK if you're talking about getting over it. But see what happens the minute you try to get people to take responsibility for racism. For participating in it, allowing it, or simply failing to recognize it when they see it.

9 years 8 weeks ago, 10:32 AM


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is the racist

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
9 years 8 weeks ago, 10:50 AM


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arrogant man, who obviously believes that the US Attorney General's job description includes the use of the position as a bully pulpit for his PERSONAL ideas about our society and culture. Nowhere have I seen this as part of the job description. His objectivity, if there ever was any, is obviously now compromised, and he should resign his office immediately, or be impeached, lest his Deputy for Civil Rights be tainted in the discharging of duties covering those laws.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
9 years 7 weeks ago, 5:13 AM


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Impeached means to receive a 168 gr boat-tail hollow point round through the inner corner of his left eye, right? I AM NOT ADVOCATING THE VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR THE ASSASSINATION OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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