Another thought on the Eric Holder situation, but first, the key excerpt from the Attorney General’s recent speech:
“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.
“Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.
“This is truly sad. Given all that we as a nation went through during the civil rights struggle, it is hard for me to accept that the result of those efforts was to create an America that is more prosperous, more positively race-conscious, and yet is voluntarily socially segregated.”
I’ve spoken about the “cowards” comment. That kind of name calling is exactly why there isn’t more “honest discussion” about race. The comment was completely beyond the pale, and I’d like to see Holder taken to task for it (not holding my breath…but by talking this up we can draw further attention to what type of people Obama surrounds himself with).
Now on the matter of self-segregation. An ideological liberal like Holder has no business criticizing others for self-segregation. Categorizing and diving people into groups is exactly what the Left has been about for at least the last decade, and probably to some degree since the Sixties. In fact, the ‘Diversity’ movement suggests in some ways that integration is negative because it risks assimilation. ‘Diversity’ is all about affirming the group identity. Elevating the group identity will, naturally, lead to group-based socializing.