Eric Holder, Feb 18, 2009 in a speech to Justice Department employees commemorating Black History Month;
“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, essentially a nation of cowards.”
Holder said Americans often “retreat to our race-protected cocoons,” a tendency that inhibits fruitful discussion that might lead to racial progress.
“This nation has still not come to grips with its racial past nor has it been willing to contemplate in a truly meaningful way the diverse future it is fated to have,” he said. “To our detriment this is typical of the way in which this nation deals with issues of race.”
Holder said Black History Month itself “is given a separate and unequal treatment by our society” and suggested that February should offer a chance not just for commemoration, but also for frank dialogue between races.
We need a good strong dose of truth that makes us shift in our seats from time to time. Let’s work together to judge each other “by the content of our character, and not by the color of our skin.” Strong leadership exhibited here by Attorney General Holder.