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February 18, 2009

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nora

Holder's phrase "nation of cowards" applies to everyone of every race in the nation. Not sure why An Old Judge assumed that he was specifically calling whites cowards. Methinks it is An Old Judge who sees the world in strictly divided black and white terms, not Holder.

Matthew V.

Ditto ... May God bless "An Old Judge" and his comment. Every one knows about Bushisms and Sharptonism.

Observer

Old Judge, I think you may be overreacting to a soundbite. If you read the whole speech, he actually seems to be *criticizing* the tactic used in racial discussions of "labeling [opponents] in a morally dismissive way."

For example, he complains that our interracial social intereactions are limited because "We know, by 'American instinct' and by learned behavior, that certain subjects are off limits and that to explore them risks, at best embarrassment, and, at worst, the questioning of one’s character."

He further acknowledges that there can "be very legitimate debate about the question of affirmative action," but that "the conversation that we now engage in as a nation on this and other racial subjects is too often simplistic and left to those on the extremes who are not hesitant to use these issues to advance nothing more than their own, narrow self interest."

And he is clearly targeting the "same old race-mongering" (bilaterally, including folks like Al Sharpton) when he says: "Our history has demonstrated that the vast majority of Americans are uncomfortable with, and would like to not have to deal with, racial matters and that is why those, black or white, elected or self-appointed, who promise relief in easy, quick solutions, no matter how divisive, are embraced."

I'm not sure Holder should have used the phrase "nation of cowards" (because it would predictably be sound-bit and misinterpreted), but the overall speech actually *is* advocating a new type of racial discussion. To the contrary, some would say that it is your comments, seemingly delivered in knee-jerk, reactive fashion without reading the actual content of Holder's remarks, that are more of the same.

An Old Judge

Holder stated, "in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."

I am agog. A multi-millionaire lawyer, twice-graduated from Columbia University, married to a physician, with a resume dripping with life at the highest levels of our society, who was appointed by our country's African-American president, has the audacity (and lack of self-awareness) to call us a nation of cowards. He would not be where he is, nor would our President, if we were truly a nation of cowards.

This is typically terroristic speech warfare, designed to silence anyone who opposes the declarant by labeling them in a morally dismissive way. This is not the change that I perceive America voted for; this is the same old race-mongering perfected by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in a slightly better suit.

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