Eric Holder: Just Your Average American Coward

By: Michael John McCrae

Well now! Our first black American Attorney General has taken the leap in declaring America “essentially a nation of cowards”.

How interesting is that?

Our foreign-born president really knows how to pick chief law enforcement folks? There is nothing like being called a coward by the person whose chief responsibility in the United States is to uphold the laws of the land. Isn’t there some law against public slander, or is part of the “change” we are all coming to experience?

Here is the entire quote as reported by Devlin Barrett of the Associated Press: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards…”

Eric Holder paints with a very wide brush indeed!

My daddy was a 20-year Navy man who served in many places before retiring in South Philadelphia in 1956. South Philadelphia was the home of the Philadelphia Naval Base and Naval Hospital. My daddy took a civilian job at the Naval Hospital as a brace and limb maker. He held that job for many years making prosthetics for military personnel returning from Vietnam and other theaters who were missing parts of their bodies that could be fabricated.

My daddy made white limbs and he made brown limbs.

What’s my point?

I think Mr. Holder is holding a grudge. Some of us Americans grew up in places around the nation that did not experience racism. We interacted with all races equally in our schools, our jobs and our day-to-day activities. We had friends in all camps. I dare say the Navy; in fact all the services were probably the first openly accepting microcosms of integration. I was fortunately raised within that military microcosm.

My daddy’s single house rule was that all people were welcome in our home until that time they made themselves unwelcome. This rule was strict and well enforced, even when we moved into a Southern New Jersey majority white suburb. My daddy taught me that the only thing I could be rightfully biased against was deliberate ignorance. My daddy was a wise man.

Mr. Holder is quoted: “It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable,” Holder said. “If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

Without specifics it is difficult to understand which “racial matters” to address. It is also difficult to determine just how much more “progress” can be gained here. Blacks have managed positions as Secretary of State, Supreme Court Justice, Attorney General and even President of the United States. I would consider all of that major progress.

In terms of racism I must admit I hadn’t encountered real racism until I’d heard the preaching of Jeremiah Wright. If Mr. Holder would like a “frank” conversation about his racist remarks I’m game.

And what of the deliberate race-baiting tactics of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. Their rhetoric and past lies have gotten white people excoriated and in a couple of cases killed. I’d like to know why neither of these racial blackmailers have been forced to explain themselves to a jury of peers, or why the F.B.I. hasn’t been raiding the corporate offices of Rainbow Push?

Could we have a “tolerant” discussion concerning the Congressional Black Caucus? Why did not the CBC support Condoleezza Rice or the appointment of Clarence Thomas? I would like to hear reasoning other than the name calling that was exhibited during the past presidential administration. Why is John Conyers so intent on bringing the former president to trial when he hasn’t responsibly answered for his own unethical use of aids as babysitters?

I would really like to have a “frank” discussion concerning the perceived double standard when it comes to democrat blacks and republican blacks. The first black attorney general is news. The first black president is news. The first black leader of the Republican National Committee is not even a footnote. I find that interesting.

Why was it politically acceptable for Robert Byrd to use the term “white nigger”. I still haven’t gotten a “frank” response on that one. Why is Bill Cosby excoriated for trying to tell black men to own up to their responsibilities to support their out-of-wedlock children? Why is Dr. James Dobson condemned for preaching family values among all families? Why were the blacks who supported Proposition 8 in California condemned as traitors?

Eric Holder was not specific in his “racial matters that continue to divide us” but I believe an operational school voucher program would go a long way to promoting “understanding”. Allowing underprivileged families to send their children to better schools to interact with peers of every racial stripe would be the fastest way to equalize or normalize relations. Would Mr. Holder be in favor of promoting school vouchers giving all American families the best school choices for their children?

Education has been known to relieve all sorts of ignorance. I believe the true coward is the person who hides behind his race and refuses to educate his children beyond victimhood.

I also believe a lot of the confusion could be erased if we begin teaching children that if you are born in the United States, you are an American and not some hyphenated half-American. A hyphenated American is probably more likely a coward. A true American isn’t afraid of a “frank” conversation about anything!

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