Eric Holder, Pres. Obama’s new U.S. Attorney General, just called America a nation of cowards. In context, he was referring to matters of race. However, regardless of context, I find this a disgraceful comment.
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,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.
Mr. Holder may call it self-segregation or cocooning or whatever he pleases, but a country that “celebrates” Black History Month, has just elected a black president, and, just as a matter of course, currently has a black Attorney General (not to mention two previous black Secretaries of State) probably doesn’t need to be lectured on things racial as much as some other countries.
Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
Okay, let’s look at that again: we talk about race all the time as a “political issue” (read: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson keep harping on it) but we don’t discuss it enough as average citizens? Perhaps it’s because average citizens have no need to discuss the issue, since they understand that this nation is an ethnic melting pot. I can’t believe this man is our Attorney General–he’s an idiot.
And anyway, isn’t having a “Black History Month” kind of racist in itself? Same thing with the United Negro College Fund? Also the Congressional Black Caucus? Maybe we do need to talk about race, after all.
But intriguing as all that is to discuss, I’m writing this for another reason.
This dramatically public, flamingly stupid statement, that we are “a nation of cowards,” made me wonder. When you’re watching a magician perform, your eye normally goes to the hand or object that’s moving. And when you’re paying attention to that, the other hand is doing the actual trick–and you just don’t notice. It’s a distraction technique, and if the magician is good enough, it works like a charm.
So my question is this: while we’re all getting riled up about a stupid race-baiting statement made by an idiot, what is it we’re not supposed to be noticing? What is the man behind the curtain actually up to?
Update: Allah at HotAir has some similar thoughts.