“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,’ Holder said in a Black History Month speech to hundreds of Justice Department employees.
‘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. ‘And yet, 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.’ Mary Frances Berry, the former chairwoman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said: ‘When I heard it, I called over there and told them to tell Eric that I thought it was a gutsy speech, a timely speech.’
Holder implied he plans to address issues such as race and social justice as the top law-enforcement official. Holder told his Justice Department subordinates that the nation must do more, and we in this room bear a special responsibility.’
Bold statement which I am sure came surprised many who felt vindicated now that the United States has a black president. The truth to the matter is that we, as Americans, still have much to overcome, therefore, we should welcome the dialogue rather than avoid it.