Memo To AG Holder: Maybe Americans Are “Cowards” About Race For A Reason
For all their talk about moving
beyond race, liberals sure like to talk about it a lot.
Bill Clinton instituted his
Dialogue on Race." When the anti-white rantings
of Barack Obama`s mentor and Pastor Jeremiah Wright
became impossible to ignore, then candidate Obama called
about race." Last week, Eric Holder—the first
black attorney general to the first black
president—called for a
dialogue among the races." [Remarks
as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder
at the Department of Justice African American History
Month Program February 18, 2009]
Nothing new here. But Holder went
the added step of calling Americans
nation of cowards" because they live in
"race-protected cocoons." Holder proudly noted that our schools and
workplaces have been successfully integrated through
forced busing and
affirmative action, but complained that the country
Apparently, who we choose as
friends is now the business of the Justice Department.
The dialogue that Holder, Clinton,
and Obama want is really a monologue. The only
acceptable way to discuss race is to attribute all
racial problems in the
“white racism”—past and present, conscious and unconscious. Insofar
as there is any conversation, it is for Whites to
respond to the complaints of minorities by apologizing
for this racism, and to redouble their efforts to purge
racism through more government programs.
To his credit, Holder said that we
are allowed to have a
debate about the question of
But he added that it must be
whatever that means.
If anyone improvises away from this
"nuanced" script, they will immediately be called a racist, bigot,
or some other name.
Talk show host Peter Boyles correctly calls the word
"racist" a "conversation
stopper". Once you are called this, continuing
on with the conversation can only have negative
As the co-discoverer of DNA and a
Nobel Prize winner, James Watson was one of the
world`s most respected scientists. That was until he
suggested that there was a link between race and
intelligence. Watson was universally condemned by the
media, racial activists, and even heads of state. Trying
to save his reputation, he apologized and retracted his
statements, but still was kicked out of his own Cold
I don`t really know if Watson is
right or wrong. But the reaction from the establishment
shows exactly how much of a
they`re willing to have.
And if they could do this to a
Nobel Prize winner, it goes without saying that a young
PhD student in psychology or genetics will avoid
Indeed, even on issues much less
controversial than racial differences in intelligence
are off limits. When
David Horowitz tried to run an
ad opposing reparations for slavery in dozens of
college newspapers, many refused to print it. Those who
faced with protests and had their
print runs destroyed by left wing anti-racist
Nor are non-whites who challenge
the liberal orthodoxy on race given a free pass.
Protesters have successfully kept African American
affirmative action foe
Ward Connerly from speaking at a number of colleges,
sometimes holding Orwellian signs like
Free Speech — Shut Connerly Up!"
You don`t even have to be talking
about race to get accused of racism these days.
Recently, the New
York Post ran a cartoon suggesting the Stimulus Bill
was written by a chimp. This
clearly had no racial undertones. Instead it was
suggesting that the bill was hastily and illogically
written. There`s even a scientific theory called the
that`s premised on the idea of monkeys typing
nonsensically at a keyboard. And has anyone heard of
purveyors of anti-racism
decided that the real meaning of the cartoon was to
compare Obama to a monkey and Al Sharpton and his
friends picketed the newspaper holding signs
"Shut Down the Post." Eventually it
apologized, with the result that anti-racists have
upped their demands, calling for the cartoonist and
his editor to be fired.
liberals can get in trouble for the most innocuous
comments. Obama delegate Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski
was fired from his campaign when she told black children
playing in her trees with her own grandchildren "quit
playing in the tree like monkeys."
The Obama campaign called this clearly non-racial
and unacceptable" and kicked her out (they
eventually reversed the decision.) In 2005,
apologized to an African American woman who
thought it was racist that police officers ate
bananas at a Martin Luther King Day parade.
It doesn`t matter how powerful you
are. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott became Former
Senate Majority Leader when he said
a few nice words about Strom Thurmond on his 100th
Birthday party. Both liberals and neoconservatives
called for his head, and Lott crawled to Black
Entertainment Television to apologize and announce his
support for affirmative action. Prince Harry made
a joke about a friend of his who was non-white, and
was disciplined by the army and
forced to retake their diversity training.
With the Democratic controlled
legislative and executive branch, renewed calls for FCC
regulation of "hate speech" and new "hate crime" legislation are designed to put these taboos into law.
If Americans are
when it comes to talking about race, it`s because they
have good reasons for fear.
According to Obama AG Holder:
"If we`re going to ever make progress, we`re going to have to have the
guts, we have to have the determination, to be honest
with each other. It also means we have to be able to
accept criticism where that is justified."
I couldn`t agree more. Americans of
all races need to stop acting like
and challenge the liberal orthodoxy on race—even if
it means that Al Sharpton and the
New York Times might call them names.
No doubt Holder will defend us.
Marcus Epstein [send
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Robert A Taft Club and the executive director of the
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