We're a "Nation of cowards"
- 02-20-2009, 10:28 AM
We're a "Nation of cowards"
From Ed Hornick
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- America is "a nation of cowards" when discussing race. That sentiment from the country's first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, has stirred up pundits, bloggers and readers.
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we -- I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards," Holder told Department of Justice employees at an event Wednesday celebrating Black History Month.
He said that Americans are afraid to talk about race, adding that "certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."
And that impression of race in America has set off a firestorm of criticism. VideoWatch more of Holder's comments »
"Holder doesn't want an honest dialogue about race. In the Age of [President] Obama, 'talking enough with each other about race' means the rest of us shutting up while being subjected to lectures about our insensitivity and insufficient integration on the weekends," conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote.
Stephan Tawney, writing on the American Pundit blog, said a glimpse at the national political landscape -- namely the country's first black president -- suggests otherwise.
"Our attorney general is black, both major parties are led by black men, the president is black," he wrote. "Last month, the nation officially honored Martin Luther King Jr. as it does every year, and Holder is speaking during Black History Month. And yet we're apparently a 'nation of cowards' on race."
Ron Christie, a one-time domestic policy adviser to former President George W. Bush, said that for the nation's chief law enforcement officer to raise race issues "was wrong and it was very insulting to the American people."
CNN iReport contributor Jimmy Deol of Toronto, Ontario, called Holder's remarks "a bit strong and needlessly provocative."
"I don't think lack of dialogue on race relations in America makes Americans a nation of cowards. Perhaps most people are uncomfortable with the subject with its complex past. The solution: You tell me," he wrote. See Deol's reaction on iReport.com
Holder -- who said that he wants to "revitalize the Civil Rights Division" at the Justice Department -- said Wednesday that he wants to start a new conversation.
"I think if we're going to ever make progress, we have to have the guts. We have to have the determination to be honest with each other," he said.
And that view is something with which CNN political analyst Roland Martin agrees.
"But what he has asked African-Americans to say is personally, go outside of your comfort zone and begin to embrace folks beyond your particular race," Martin said.
Hilary Shelton of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People agreed that Holder's comments are "provocative."
"We don't talk about race in our country, and he's right. ... We've kind of learned to get along, but we've learned to get along by omitting things," Shelton said. VideoWatch more on the Holder debate »
A reader on the liberal Huffington Post Web site wrote: "How can you read Mr. Holder's comments and immediately decide that he is wrong and should apologize? You are either disillusioned from the real world or caught up in some fantasy to which you believe there is no problem with racism in this country."
The reader added, "Mr. Holder is correct in everything he said. We will never get past this issue until we discuss, confront, understand and then heal."
CNN senior political analyst David Gergen agreed with Holder that there is "too much de facto segregation" on weekends, but he said the attorney general's comments failed to take into account how far the country has come.
"If you look at overall where we've come, we just had a huge, huge debate. And now we've elected a black American, and to seemingly after that to call this a 'nation of cowards,' it's just tone-deaf," Gergen said.For answers to board issues, read the Suggestion and News forum at the bottom of the main page.
- 02-20-2009, 12:47 PM
02-20-2009, 01:21 PM
i think this whole thing is a crock. its easy to point the finger back 200 years into history and say "see what you did", yet the same community won't point the fingers back at their tribal chiefs who sold them in the first place, nor do they have any inclination to move back to the "motherland".
the african american culture also now has more liberties than caucasian.
the day i see:
aryan college fund
white entertainment television
the death of racial quotas in government
i will retract my statement.
hopefully a black president will break those barriers down, which is why i voted that way.
02-20-2009, 06:57 PM
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
But seriously, I think the race card gets misused and abused in this day and age. The older people in my family all feel that we have made history with Obama. We have, but unlike them I never doubted we would have a minority in the White House. It was just a matter of time. I did always believe that we would have a minority in there before a women though. Sexism is still far wider spread and crosses many more directional boundaries than race does.
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02-22-2009, 08:38 PM
americans are not cowards just dum,, were headed into a 1 world goverment and most of us are just to blind to see
02-24-2009, 10:40 AM
02-24-2009, 10:45 AM
yes, just like "We have to get spending under control and cut the deficit to under 600 billion by 2012" as he hands out checks for $15 billion more in medicaid...
02-25-2009, 12:08 AM
02-25-2009, 03:36 AM
The problem is that no one can state the facts about this issue without being labeled a racist. So the race subject is taboo in many respects because the truth is painful, and it is easier to just label someone a racist. I could say the same thing someone of another race says, but I would be labeled a racist because I am Caucasian.
For me, race has never been an issue though. I acknowledge that I am white, but I don't necessarily walk around the grocery store and feel a kinship with the other white people in the store. (Okay, maybe that ONE time I went to Montana, but that was only because I have never been to a place where there were literally only white people - but even then I identified more with people who didn't have beards more so than anything else)
I rarely voice my opinions on the subject because I don't feel the need to. I do feel like I have been judged because of my race, but I don't care because I am confident in myself as an individual. But I think this can be understandably harder for some individuals to do given the grim statistics in regards to incarceration rates, teen pregnancy, etc among certain segments of the population.
The only thing I do know for certain is that the only person you can blame 99 out of 100 times for your predicament in life good or bad is the person staring back at you in the mirror.
02-25-2009, 09:39 AM
Inflation was what, -0.5% for the year?The legislation, which includes an increase of roughly 8 percent over spending in the last fiscal year
its great, since the media is in his back pocket he can just brazenly say whatever he wants to say, reality doesn't have to intrude.
03-02-2009, 03:52 AM
03-02-2009, 07:21 AM
03-02-2009, 08:22 AM
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03-02-2009, 08:51 AM
Was listning to Donny Simpson this morning and apparently some mayor somewhere was told to step down after sending a photoshopped whitehouse picture with watermelons in the front lawn and a caption stating no easter eggs this year...
I don't have a problem with people being upset over this but what got me was when Donny said it was kay if it were between brothers but not when you're white and say it. Then went on to talk how good the picture looked and how that would get him in the Whitehouse.
Racism is racisn and black people can stereotype and be racist against other blacks. Color of skin should have no say in racist remarks. We should be holding all accountable and not just certain people.
03-02-2009, 09:45 AM
I can just as accurately state right at this moment that "My president is white".
IMO, some voted for his so they could claim the first "black president" (I guess 50% works for them), while ignoring his White heritage, whereas other voted for him either IN SPITE OF his race, or because it was what he offered REGARDLESS of his race.
Watch carefully who the true racists are...word choice reveals them every time.
Though character my prove him just another politician, his persona and identity is simply transcendent, and neither one nor the other.
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03-02-2009, 01:00 PM
Ive grown up, worked and caroused in "mixed" urban areas all my life, I have friends and coworkers of various "ethnic" backrounds, and I dont consider myself to be a "racist", I try to spread my hate evenly among the stupid people, not at all based on the color of their skin. And I have run across my share of openly racist whites and blacks, and often it shocks me at how much more racist some black folks are towards other black folks, as well as how vocally open they are towards whites, but then again I guess its better for me to know for sure someone doesnt like me than just think they dont.
03-02-2009, 06:50 PM
Yes many did use it to foster political goals,this is also a tradition in the U.S.where for quite some time blacks could not even vote.
Even as recently as 2000,black voters were illegally prevented from voting in Florida. I have a question,were the people who are outraged (or horrified) by the alleged use of race as a guilt mechanism in the Obama campaign (I can't stand Obama or his bait and switch tactics,by the way) so horrified by the stolen election in the year 2000?
PS For those wondering what I am writing about look for "American Blackout" on google video.
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03-02-2009, 06:51 PM
03-02-2009, 06:56 PM
03-02-2009, 07:57 PM
The official investigation by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Florida in 2000 determined that one in seven black votes was simply thrown away, not counted for technical reasons.
The Republican Party challenged hundreds of thousands of people all over the country in that election, resulting in massive numbers of provisional ballots, which were, in the main, chucked in the garbage.
You had a massive non-count of Hispanic and Native-American votes. If you're Navajo, they throw out your ballot. You get provisional ballots, crap voting machines and they just don't count them.
The House Judiciary Committee released a report titled "What Went Wrong in Ohio?" The report cited "massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies" that were "caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior."
The response to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission outing the fact of the non-count of black votes in Florida in 2000 was to remove the chairwoman of the commission. She was just replaced with someone who will be quite pliant and bless the fixing.
03-02-2009, 09:58 PM
03-03-2009, 11:08 AM
This idea that race or Republicans have a monopoly on stolen elections is laughable. Those trying to steal an elections could care less if you are blue, red, purple, white or black....they care about party.
If I was trying to steal an election for Republicans I would go to urban areas..why? Because that's where the majority of Democrat votes come from. If I was a Democrat trying to rig an election I would try to inflate the vote count in highly populated urban areas. Either way, race doesn't play a part. Population and party does. Its easier to hide corruption in a district with 60k votes than one with 6k.
The people who say its race either don't understand party demographics, or have a separate agenda they are trying to promote.
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03-03-2009, 07:19 PM
I would love to get your thoughts on it: you can view it in its entirety at google video.
03-03-2009, 07:30 PM
There was "historical genocide of jews in europe" that doesn't mean it happens any more. Also, just because a video is on youtube doesn't make it real.
People who are looking to use being discriminated against as an excuse will call anything that happens to themselves discrimination based.
03-03-2009, 08:18 PM
03-03-2009, 08:20 PM
03-03-2009, 08:29 PM
yeah sure, i mean, no biggie at all. anyone else owes 10 grand in taxes and they're a delinquent but yeah no, perfectly ok. it's a "minor issue." it's just $10,000 in unpaid taxes. what an insult to intelligence.An Obama spokesman declared the issues "minor" and said the administration is confident that the nomination is on track for a scheduled hearing Monday with the Finance Committee.
03-03-2009, 09:59 PM
Couple interesting facts for you:
According to the Justice Department in its 2005 report entitled Contacts Between Police and the Public, black males are three times more likely than white males to have their vehicles stopped and searched by police.
How about the research by Princeton sociology prefessor Devah Prager,summarized in her book, 'Marked:Race,Crime,and finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration' which found that white men with a criminal record are equally or even slightly more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men without a criminal record,even when the men are equally qualified and present themselves to employers in an identical fashion.
The studies are endless but then again so is the denial of many.
Does this apply to the white farmers expelled from Zimbabwe?People who are looking to use being discriminated against as an excuse will call anything that happens to themselves discrimination based.
03-03-2009, 10:20 PM
80% of the terrorists who flew planes into the world trade center held saudi arabian passports too. Doesn't mean a damn thing.
03-03-2009, 11:01 PM
Contrary to your typical deniers response that people are using discrimmination as an excuse,black and brown folks typically "stuff" their experiences with discrimmination and racism,only making an allegation of such treatment after many incidents have transpired about which they said nothing for fear of being ignored or attacked..
Precisely because white denial (In the past I was included in this) has long trumped claims of racism,people of color (again,according to scholarly investigation) tend to underreport their experiences with racial bias,rather than exaggerate them.
When it comes to playing a race card,which is what you are insinuating,it is more accurate to say that we whites are the ones with the loaded deck,shooting down any evidence of racism as little more than the fantasies of unhinged minorities,unwilling to take personal responsibility for their own problems in life.
Are you aware of the study from MIT which found that persons with "white sounding names" are 50 percent more likely to be called back for a job interview than those with "black sounding names"?
In addition,research from Indiana University looked at 14 studies from across the nation and discovered that students of color were three times more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled from school,even though rates of serious school-rule infractions do not differ to any significant degree between racial groups.
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