Now, it takes some serious chutzpah for a guy who admits he lacked the balls to stand up to Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, to point out that the rest of us lack balls. But hey, that’s just a day’s work for Eric Holder.
“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,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.
Let me boil it down for you, Eric. Every time America – and not just white America – has sought to have the conversation and, God forbid, pointed out something is wrong in the black community, it was branded as racist. Ask Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Ask Thomas Sowell. Ask Charles Murray. Go ahead. Ask them, we’ll wait.
You get enough of that crap back in your face, you quit. Why? Because it’s not worth the drama. What the rest of America sees as not being worth the effort, Holder sees as cowardice. He’s welcome to that view because the only distinguishing characteristic I’ve been able to find in Obama cabinet nominees so far is that they’re always wrong. It’s amateur hour over there in case you haven’t noticed.
In my case, this dynamic of hearing “Racist!” screamed every time my interlocutor didn’t agree with my points fully explains how I went from being a Massachusetts-born and bred Ted Kennedy (shudder) Democrat to a Republican. I simply got tired of being told I was supposed to feel guilty for being a white guy. Period. It wasn’t a failure to “confront my own white privilege” it was that I was tired of people who couldn’t and wouldn’t argue in good faith. Logic and argument being a “white construct” and all that jazz. Look, when you have discussions with people about what you see as the problems with race relations in this county and the response you receive in return is to consistently be branded a racist, it’s not cowardice when you stop engaging – it’s sanity preservation.
Holder would have done a much greater service to the country if he had started this conversation in the black community. Then he would have had a bigger stick to use to prod white America into the conversation. Instead, what he has done here is just guarantee that white America isn’t going to listen.
There has been a tacit agreement this country. White America agrees to no longer mention the pathologies in the black community which hold it back – thereby contributing to a negative view of the black community among whites – and black America agrees to just keep ignoring its own issues. See? It’s a win-win. White America moves on and black America – with a few notable exceptions – promises to keep deluding itself. What could be better, right?
I think we know the answer to that rhetorical question though.
He told Justice Department employees they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding.
What that means is, “”And I want the rest of you cowboys to know something, there’s a new sheriff in town…and his name is Reggie Hammonds Eric Holder. Y’all be cool…right on.”
Four years of hectoring from this crowd? Puh-leeeze.