Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trying Not to Be a Coward

US Attorney General William Holder recently chided Americans for being a nation of cowards when it comes to talking about race. He whined about how we as a people just aren't integrated enough in our daily lives and something has to be done about it.

So now it's the business of the Department of Justice to decide who you hang out with? Oh no... that's not Stalinist.

Here's a few choice rebuttals to Holder's speeching...

"Nation of Cowards? (So says Eric Holder, but what’s really cowardly is racial dishonesty)" by Heather McDonald

(excerpt:) Holder recently told his Justice Department employees that the United States was a “nation of cowards” for not talking more about race. “It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable,” Holder said. “If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

Is he nuts? Leave aside for a moment Holder’s purely decorative call for a “frank” conversation about race. The Clinton-era Conversation also purported to be frank, and we know what that meant: a one-sided litany of white injustices. Please raise your hand if you haven’t heard the following bromides about “the racial matters that continue to divide us” more times than you can count: Police stop and arrest blacks at disproportionate rates because of racism; blacks are disproportionately in prison because of racism; blacks are failing in school because of racist inequities in school funding; the black poverty rate is the highest in the country because of racism; blacks were given mortgages that they couldn’t afford because of racism. I will stop there.

Not only do colleges, law schools, almost all of the nation’s elite public and private high schools, and the mainstream media, among others, have “conversations about . . . racial matters”; they never stop talking about them. Any student who graduates from a moderately selective college without hearing that its black students are victims of institutional racism—notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of black students there will have been deliberately admitted with radically lower SAT scores than their white and Asian comrades—has been in a coma throughout his time there.

"Memo To AG Holder: Maybe Americans Are “Cowards” About Race For A Reason" by Marcus Epstein

(excerpt:) The dialogue that Holder, Clinton, and Obama want is really a monologue. The only acceptable way to discuss race is to attribute all racial problems in the United States to “white racism”—past and present, conscious and unconscious. Insofar as there is any conversation, it is for Whites to respond to the complaints of minorities by apologizing for this racism, and to redouble their efforts to purge racism through more government programs.

If anyone improvises away from this "nuanced" script, they will immediately be called a racist, bigot, or some other name. Talk show host Peter Boyles correctly calls the word "racist" a "conversation stopper". Once you are called this, continuing on with the conversation can only have negative consequences.

Just ask John Rocker, Bill Bennett, Rush Limbaugh, James Watson, or Charles Murray what type of "conversation" liberals want to have about race when you question their orthodoxy

"Have The Courage To Enforce Immigration Law, Mr. Holder" by Pat Buchanan

(excerpt:) One point Holder did allude to, without specifics, was this:

"It is not safe for this nation to assume that the unaddressed social problems in the poorest parts of the country can be isolated and will not ultimately affect the larger society." [Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice African American History Month Program February 18, 2009]

Fair point. And what are some of those social problems?

A 70 percent illegitimacy rate in black America, an incarceration and crime rate seven times that of white America, a 50 percent dropout rate in many urban high schools, African-American graduates reading and computing on average at eighth-grade levels.

And about these problems what is the black leadership doing?

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