Holder: US still a nation of cowards on race
(The Daily Caller) -- Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his 2009 claim that Americans are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues on Thursday.
Holder’s effort to profile the entire nation as cowards came during a friendly interview with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where was asked if he would take back his 2009 remarks.
“I would not take that back,” he replied.
In 2009, Holder claimed that “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.”
“Certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment, and at worst, the questioning of one’s character,” he told his agency employees at an event celebrating Black History Month.
In the Miller Center interview, Holder acknowledged that there is less racism now that half a century ago.
“We’re certainly do a lot better than we did,” he said, but then outlined his agenda of using his legal clout to equalize outcomes for selected racial groups in the U.S.
“There are disproportionately negative impacts that we see on people of color, on women,” he said.
During his tenure, Holder has greatly expanded the range of race-related lawsuits filed against companies, schools and governments.