AG Holder: We’re a “nation of cowards” on race

Posted on February 19, 2009


Holder Confirmation

In an address to Justice Department employees marking Black History month, Attorney General Eric Holder described America as a “nation of cowards” on racial issues, remarking the workplace is integrated, but we self-segregate on the weekends and don’t discuss unresolved racial issues. He’s taking some well-deserved heat for his ill-conceived comment.

Holder wants more of a dialogue, but what happens when one tries to present an alternative view to liberal positions on racial issues? Rush Limbaugh and Bill Cosby are two recent notable example who were pilloried for their questioning of liberal orthodoxy when it comes to race. If you don’t think affirmative action is that helpful, you’re a racist. If you think welfare should be scaled back to save government costs, you’re a racist. If you take issue with thuggish elements of hip-hop culture, you’re a racist. If you think that people should be judged by the content of their character and not on the color of their skin, then you’re not being sensitive to the unique experiences of minorities.

Conservative opinion is denounced almost the moment it is spoken, and its arguments are rejected without consideration because they are “racist.” This is intellectually lazy, as instead of coming up with reasoned arguments to refute points of contention, one can simply disqualify an entire point of view as “hateful” and be done with the so-called discussion. I agree that we need to be more open about racial issues, but political correctness has made it almost impossible to have a meaningful dialogue that gets at the root cause of our nation’s race-based  headaches and misunderstandings.

So we’re a nation of cowards, are we? If so, it’s due to only one cause – politically correct liberal bullying.

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