Well, I read a headline that I thought indicated Obama was maybe reprimanding Eric Holder for his “nation of cowards” comment, but then I saw that he was not. He is actually agreeing with him.
Here’s what he said:
President Obama, in an interview published Saturday, sought to clarify Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent controversial comments calling America a ‘nation of cowards’ when it comes to race relations.
“I think it’s fair to say that if I had been advising my attorney general, we would have used different language,” Obama told the New York Times aboard Air Force One on Friday. “I think the point that he was making is that we’re oftentimes uncomfortable with talking about race until there’s some sort of racial flare-up or conflict, and that we could probably be more constructive in facing up to the painful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and discrimination.”
So, as usual, any time anybody wants to have a conversation about race, you can be sure it is to once again point out that we must “face up to the painful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and discrimination.” And this is precisely why whites don’t want to talk about it. It’s not a two-way conversation, but only another opportunity to punish us for what happened before we were born.
It is unfortunate that President Obama would feel it necessary and appropriate to bring up slavery and Jim Crow – NOW. In 2009!
Here’s another take on the subject.