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Holder: 'Nation of cowards' on race
politico.com ^ | Feb. 18, 2009 | ANDY BARR

Posted on 02/18/2009 7:16:44 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that despite advances, the United States remains “a nation of cowards” on issues involving race.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of cowards,” Holder said in remarks to his staff in honor of Black History Month. His comments appear on a transcript provided by the Justice Department.

“Even as we fight a war against terrorism; deal with the reality of electing an African-American, for the first time, as the president of the United States; and deal with other significant issues of the day, the need to confront our racial past and to understand our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country — that all endures,” the attorney general added.

“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 things racial.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bhodoj; blackhistory; democrats; ericholder; holder; jeremiahwright; racebaiting; racism; whiteysfault; wright
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1 posted on 02/18/2009 7:16:44 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States Wednesday as a nation of cowards on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.

Hey Eric, you hypocritical coward, you wanna talk about unresolved racial issues?

Why don't you start by addressing THIS one?

2 posted on 02/18/2009 7:20:39 PM PST by Maceman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Alan Keyes responds to Holder:

http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=2407&posts=2#M7611

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2188749/posts


3 posted on 02/18/2009 7:20:55 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The protection of unalienable rights is the sworn duty of all, at every level of government.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Certainly, that’s the ticket. Race isn’t as all-encompassing an obsession as it ought to be.


4 posted on 02/18/2009 7:20:57 PM PST by eclecticEel (Wall Street isn't a charity ... so why are we giving them money?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s easy to say these things unchecked from the safety of the margins with no accountability. When YOU are responsible for the governing of a nation...you are accountable for saying things like this. Eric is about to find out how heavy is the head that wears the crown.


5 posted on 02/18/2009 7:21:00 PM PST by johnnycap
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If we could only be as brave as Rev Wright when talking about race...Why is the Attorney General making such stupid incendiary POLITICAL statements?


6 posted on 02/18/2009 7:21:02 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Spread the word! Insulting the nation is the ticket. This is Obambi’s “malaise” speech. Go racialists!


7 posted on 02/18/2009 7:22:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is really scarey. We're going to wind up with laws against "hate speech" like Canada and Britain have.

It is none the government's business what any American thinks about another American regardless of race, creed, or color-none, zip, zero, rien, nada, riente, the big goose egg.

"F" Eric Holder...the man who signed of on the pardon of none terrorists.
8 posted on 02/18/2009 7:22:50 PM PST by Sudetenland (Those diplomats serve best, who serve as cannon fodder to protect our troops!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Another rich and privileged member of the power elite presents himself as a downtrodden designated minority. Trying to stir up more race resentments, obviously.

Somebody started a thread earlier that was locked, asking the question, how black do you have to be to qualify as a "black"? Eric holder doesn't look much darker than many an Arab or Italian.

The legal answer is, you have to be at least 1/8 black to claim minority status. But the political answer seems to be, whatever you can get away with.


9 posted on 02/18/2009 7:23:58 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My attitude on race has PROFOUNDLY changed.


10 posted on 02/18/2009 7:24:37 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not me Eric!

Obama is an elitist and a socialist.
He hates being questioned or challenged and set a policy agenda for America that is consistent with owning the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate.
Obama never had to actually compete for public office, enroute to his run for President. He has yet to reveal his college transcripts or any of his college writings. He’s a shadow figure, running on image rather than substance.

And you, Eric, are an irresponsible lawyer, who’s actions place politics above justice.


11 posted on 02/18/2009 7:25:00 PM PST by G Larry (Obama care means dying in line!)
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To: EternalVigilance

He’s right. Obama and Holder both owe their careers to racial cowardice.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 7:25:07 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Free ThinkerNY

>“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial,
>we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of cowards,”
>Holder said in remarks to his staff

Yes, but come CW2 and we’ll see that even cowards may change their ways and fight... Let’s just hope that once we win we are quick to document that the thing was NOT about race, but about the horrible injustices perpetrated on the people by the government.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 7:29:09 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: eclecticEel

I think Holder is trying to prepare us for the coming government give-away of all the foreclosed homes in our neighborhoods to, uh, umm, “unsavory” individuals. Our neighborhoods are going to become diversified and we are going to be forced to socialize with folks from “da hood.”


14 posted on 02/18/2009 7:30:22 PM PST by a real Sheila (Lord, please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.)
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To: a real Sheila

holder, how much money do you want to shutup? you’re annoying me.


15 posted on 02/18/2009 7:31:54 PM PST by rightwingjew
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To: Rosemont
Zero- crisis, crisis, crisis, crisis, doom, gloom, catastrophe

Holder- coward, race cowards, cowards.

Hopey, changey, going, going, gone.!

16 posted on 02/18/2009 7:32:14 PM PST by highpockets
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“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 things racial.”

Um... why do I think Holder doesn't really want us to talk to each other; I think what he has in mind is more of a one-sided lecture than a discussion.

I sure am glad we're in a post-racial society now and we don't have to worry about this crap anymore. If they want to treat Obama like the messiah, I figure he must have absolved any of us of past "sins"...

17 posted on 02/18/2009 7:32:58 PM PST by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr. Holder, your insecurity is showing. I can prove to you that I am more multicultural than you are. However, you seem to have a certain requirement and definition for that kind of thing. You remind me of a teenager that has doubts about his manhood and being a bully is the only way you have to deal with it..


19 posted on 02/18/2009 7:33:19 PM PST by oyez (People! You're being pimped!)
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To: Cicero

Exactly. This douche probably has as much caucasion ancestry as the rest of us.


20 posted on 02/18/2009 7:33:59 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This sort of language is completely out of line for an Attorney General. This is the type of trash talking you'd expect from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

Utterly inappropriate and a disgrace to the office of the Attorney General.

21 posted on 02/18/2009 7:36:54 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future"- Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve been hearing about race for the last forty five years. I don’t know what Holder meant by his statement. Maybe he can explain it.


22 posted on 02/18/2009 7:42:08 PM PST by popdonnelly (I went to an Obama Townhall and threw away my crutches!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Cowards”???

How many white rednecks do you hang with, Mr. Attorney General Eric Holder ???

You are the coward.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 7:42:40 PM PST by dadgum (my head is exploding)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He needs to resign for calling Americans cowards and also for the kooky idea that Americans need to constantly talk about their “racial past” - a bizarre and dangerous notion that no attorney general should be advancing.

I’d like this idiot to come to my house to tell me what a coward I am.


24 posted on 02/18/2009 7:42:53 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
we must be a nation of cowards. We don't speak out against this kind of race baiting and hypocrisy for fear of being labeled a racist.
25 posted on 02/18/2009 7:42:55 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget (July 4, 2009 see you there))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Oh come on. We don't talk about it enough? That's all these race-bating leftists want to talk about - they can't get enough of it. Instead of encouraging people to get on with their lives, work to improve their situation and fight through barriers, leftists want to talk about their grievances ad nauseum.
26 posted on 02/18/2009 7:43:02 PM PST by opus86
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To: paul51

He mentions electing a black president as if it means almost nothing or is even a problem. Oh yeah, and he’s a black attorney general. Real racial problem we have.


27 posted on 02/18/2009 7:46:14 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I agree with that! White people have been totally cowed when it comes to race.


28 posted on 02/18/2009 7:48:20 PM PST by pgkdan
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we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial

I can't think of anything I need to discuss with anybody about 'things racial'. Sounds to me like a problem bigots might have. Perhaps the atty. general needs some diversity training.

29 posted on 02/18/2009 7:50:19 PM PST by KarinG1 (Opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent those of sane people.)
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30 posted on 02/18/2009 7:52:54 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: pgkdan; Free ThinkerNY

All WHITE people need to read a book researched and written by a BLACK, FORMER Democrat, Wayne Perryman....titled, UNFOUNDED LOYALTY. He debunks all the myths attributed to Republicans...and exposes the DEMS as the RACISTS they are! (Dems Started the KuKluxKlan...Dems Instituted Jim Crow Laws...Dems tried blocking EVERY Civil Rights Act, including the longest filibuster every by Al Gore, Sr against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Holder is an IGNORANT RACIST....

oh, and by the way...Oprah will NOT talk to Wayne Perryman!


31 posted on 02/18/2009 7:53:50 PM PST by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“Even as we fight a war against terrorism; deal with the reality of electing an African, for the first time, as the president of the United States; and deal with other significant issues of the day, the need to confront our racial past and to understand our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country — that all endures,” the attorney general added.

There - fixed it.

32 posted on 02/18/2009 8:10:09 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Besteuerung Macht Frei)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Eric, a nation of p.c. accepting cowards......that's what we became and now MLK will get his dream, we are waking up and tired of the white guilt, imposed upon us.

We will judge you and Obama, and ourselves by the content of our character...it should be a wild ride for your corrupt ass.

33 posted on 02/18/2009 8:15:19 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Crap. Four years of idiots like Holder and Obama will drive me absolutely batty.


34 posted on 02/18/2009 8:20:59 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (If the Democrats wish to foist national health care on Americans, give us the same plan Congress has)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Atty. General Holder proved his own courage by arranging for the illegal kidnapping Elian Gonzales at gunpoint from Maryslesis. He lied about taking him by gunpoint to FOX news and did not get the proper legal document (a court order) to seize the kid and send him back to Castro.
35 posted on 02/18/2009 8:24:53 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
On a side note, another one of my rants against the "uuuuugly to the bone" Michelle Oboooombi. Does she EVER just have a natural smile to that mug of hers, instead of always some kind of gritted clenched mouth that looks like she just swallowed a sour dill pickle???

As much as I despise & detest the usurper Obooombi in every sense of the word, at least the dude can smile in a natural way.
.

36 posted on 02/18/2009 8:35:20 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: goodnesswins

Make a note: buy that book!

Thanks goodness


37 posted on 02/18/2009 8:48:49 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Maceman

I would like to find this SOB in a dark alley some night. We could discuss his cowardly attributes face to face.


38 posted on 02/18/2009 9:05:07 PM PST by biff
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I would have liked to discuss racial issues, but the black punks that were kicking my roommate’s face in didn’t want to stick around and talk politics.


39 posted on 02/18/2009 9:08:31 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This man lacks the temperament and overall fitness to be the Attorney General of The United States. He is no more fit to be Attorney General than 0bama is fit to be president.

He is a joke, not too dissimilar from the joke that appointed him...


40 posted on 02/18/2009 9:33:11 PM PST by KoRn (Autumn Has Come To The Tree of Liberty)
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To: ClearCase_guy

My attitude on race has PROFOUNDLY changed.
________________
Oh, so has mine!


41 posted on 02/18/2009 9:34:03 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

man....i really hate this administration


42 posted on 02/18/2009 9:37:21 PM PST by wardaddy (next conservative gets elected POTUS, I'm getting a silly T-shirt like the blacks are wearing too)
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To: Cicero; Clemenza

Ironic how so many black leaders are actually high yellow. (mullato)

do run of the mill blacks in the projects or sugar ditch farm shanties not see they being duped by crackers-lite?


43 posted on 02/18/2009 9:39:50 PM PST by wardaddy (next conservative gets elected POTUS, I'm getting a silly T-shirt like the blacks are wearing too)
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To: ClearCase_guy; mojitojoe; Travis McGee; dixiechick2000; puroresu; blam; chasio649
My attitude on race has PROFOUNDLY changed.

Since when?

as a southerner this sort of stuff is old news to us....3 decades now at least post segregation and how that has played out

i just had a conversation with an old uncle about this last week....how being accomodating 40 years ago has borne bitter fruit and are we ALL really better off?

my family was all quite pro civil rights back when it mattered yet now everyone feels like the worst fears of the segregationists have come to pass and are getting worse....I hear this as a final lament from dying relatives in formerly white communities now crumbling under black political machine rule

I fear none of this will end well.

44 posted on 02/18/2009 9:46:32 PM PST by wardaddy (next conservative gets elected POTUS, I'm getting a silly T-shirt like the blacks are wearing too)
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To: paul51
we must be a nation of cowards. We don't speak out against this kind of race baiting and hypocrisy for fear of being labeled a racist.

That's right, we've had so many laws regarding racism and lectures about cultural sensitivity and political correctness that we are afraid to say or do anything without looking around to see who might be offended.

45 posted on 02/18/2009 9:48:05 PM PST by oldbrowser (The most transparent president in history.)
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To: a real Sheila

There is no typhus in Moscow.


46 posted on 02/18/2009 9:50:48 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: wardaddy

“as a southerner this sort of stuff is old news to us”


Yep....i could tell some stories about Yankees coming to a revelation.


47 posted on 02/18/2009 9:51:35 PM PST by chasio649 (no longer sick of it all ...)
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To: wardaddy
"I fear none of this will end well."

I share your concern.

48 posted on 02/18/2009 9:54:59 PM PST by blam
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To: wardaddy

There’re plenty on FR that are naive as hell.


49 posted on 02/18/2009 9:56:19 PM PST by chasio649 (no longer sick of it all ...)
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To: Maceman

And he should also address THIS:

http://liveactionfilms.org/liveactionfilms/racism/index.htm


50 posted on 02/18/2009 10:47:02 PM PST by Inclines to the Right (www.defundplannedparenthood.org http://www.fightfoca.com/)
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