Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Holder of the cards...

"Attorney general calls for frank talk about race"-(USA Today-OnDeadline)
Eric Holder, the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, says Americans "simply do not talk enough with each other about race."

In a speech at the Justice Department Wednesday marking Black History Month, Holder tells employees that they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding.
Well then, let's just get rid of BLACK History Month, and call it "History Month." Is that frank enough for you? Singling out historical events based purely on whether an individual involved has more melanin in their skin is RACIST HYPOCRISY when the ultimate goal to achieve is

How about we disallow BLACK Student Unions, BLACK Caucuses, and the very necessity of calling you the first BLACK Attorney General? All these items are divisive and separative.

How about we sit down with the President and ask him to stop playing the "race card" whenever someone serves up some criticism?

From Attorney Holder's speech:

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. We are then free to retreat to our race protected cocoons where much is comfortable and where progress is not really made.
No, we are not free to retreat to our race protected cocoons. We are chastised, extorted, and denigrated by the leaders of the "BLACK" community (and our President) as racist should we offer an opinion contrary to theirs. Businesses are protested and boycotted as race hustlers weasel-out cold hard cash to "make it go away" and limit publicity.

I find Holder's comments naïve and disingenuous.

Holder seldom broaches the topic of race directly, but in a 1997 National Public Radio interview conducted soon after his appointment as the Justice Department's second in command, he shared a quote by the late Samuel Proctor, a pastor in Harlem, that he carried in his wallet.

"It says that blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America," Holder said. "No matter how affluent, educated and mobile a black person becomes, his race defines him more particularly than anything else."
Compare that to his statement above, made today. That appears overly simplified, and the impression is that, from the new Attorney General's position, there is no solution. Equality and opportunity takes a backseat to skin tone.