Friday, February 20, 2009
Cowardly Conversation Starter
By Jonah Goldberg | February 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Hey, black folks, do you know any white folks? Good. O.K., I want you to go up to them right now and, as politely as you can, start sharing your most deeply held racial views. Hey, white folks, you’re not off the hook. I want you to go and do likewise with any black people you know.
Don’t want to do that? Really? Well, then, you’re a coward.
That’s the short version of Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech this week celebrating Black History Month.
Holder says we are “a nation of cowards” because we’re unwilling to discuss race to his satisfaction. Some might say that’s an ironic diagnosis given that Holder is the first black attorney general, appointed by the first black president of the United States.
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