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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Says America is a Nation of Cowards When It Comes to Race

Eric Holder Jr./doj photo

Eric Holder Jr./doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr., a well respected figure in Washington, delivered some sobering and pointed remarks about race in America. Even with the first African American president and attorney general, he said the race issue is far from perfect.

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said.
Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
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Time April 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

[…] melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. “ It’s puzzling to me why the hope and change administration continues to attempt to stir […]

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Time August 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

[…] melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. “ It’s puzzling to me why the hope and change administration continues to attempt to stir […]

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