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Friday, February 20, 2009

Atty General Eric Holder, Cowards, Courage and Blacks

Eric Holder showed great character when he addressed his Department of Justice just a few days ago. Check out - H/T Wichita NAACP Blog - Pat Buchanan and Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson attempt a courageous conversation on Race.

One of my favorite bloggers, Rikyrah at the blog, Jack and Jill Politics, reviewed the speech in this way, "Holder told the truth during his speech. It was thoughtful, smart, historical, honest and contemplative. Of course, it was too deep for some folks to handle, so they ignore a 16 and a half minute speech and its content AND CONTEXT, and focus on one phrase uttered within the first MINUTE of the speech. You know what this reminds me of: Then Senator Obama’s speech in Hampton, Virginia in October 2007, when the basics of an Urban Policy were given out, and the only thing the ‘ media’ could point out was the phrase ‘ quiet riot’. Choosing ‘points’ which they can exploit, twist and bend, to get off the MAIN point of a speech of depth, substance and meaning." More HERE

AAPP: Rikyrah is on point. "Holder told the truth during his speech. It was thoughtful, smart, historical, honest and contemplative."

There are many others who are on point with their analysis, including Mary Mitchell over at the Chicago Sun Times, who writes: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has surely given Loudmouth Limbaugh a hot topic. In a speech Holder gave for the African-American History Month program at the Justice Department, he called Americans "cowards" with respect to race relations.

"Though the 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.

"Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race."

Most black people likely agree with that statement, while a lot of white people likely disagree.

Holder called on us to "respect one another" and to use Black History Month to "learn more about each other."

Before people get hung up on "coward," think about the times you've been misunderstood when it comes to race issues. It is easier to avoid the topic altogether. Holder isn't putting us down.

He's asking us to have courage. Link to the Chicago Sun Times.

AAPP: Yes, two strong sisters hearing the words of a strong brother. Now it's your turn to hear those words. Tell me your thoughts....

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