FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Hi There, Eric. I Can’t Help But Notice You’re Black. Let’s Talk About How Black You Are.
“We, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race,” said average American Eric Holder, Attorney General for the Obama administration, in a speech to Justice Department employees earlier today.
Holder, whose speech was meant to honor Black History Month, went on to call America “a nation of cowards” which “never been at ease with…frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us” despite the fact that “this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot.”
[T]he need to confront our racial past, and our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country, endures. One cannot truly understand America without understanding the historical experience of black people in this nation. Simply put, to get to the heart of this country one must examine its racial soul.
Though he admitted the workplace is now “largely integrated,” Holder complained that, in his opinion, Americans “self-segregate” into “race-protected cocoons” on the weekends and in their private lives.
Apparently our esteemed Attorney General has a bit of a problem with the free association of a free people, as well as with the fact that we’re not all starting our conversations with fellow Americans with statements like the facetious title of this post.
The fact is, folks like Holder, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, and their race-minded fellows are clinging to an increasingly outdated and obsolete worldview like a man long-since rescued from the sea clinging to a life preserver.
Partial proof of this fact can be found in the fact that, in the last eight years alone, African-Americans have served in some of the highest offices in the land, including National Security Adviser, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and President of the United States, with the latter being elected to that position by a margin of 192 electoral votes.
The fact that he can make the remarks he made today, in the face of such a “racial ceiling”-defying reality, suggests that Mr. Holder prefers constant notice of, and discussion about, race and differences to actual equality or the achievement of a “color blind” society. Unfortunately, as countless people who have learned the hard way can tell you, actually engaging in “frank conversations about racial matters” often results in those engaging in those “frank conversations” being held up for ridicule or, worse, fired.
Identity politics and the categorical identification and treatment of Americans according to race, religion, and gender — which has for so long been a key tool in the Left’s political toolkit, and the only way of viewing life for folks like Lowery and, evidently, Holder — is both outdated and irrelevant. America as a whole crossed the threshold into a largely “colorblind” society years ago. Unfortunately, Mr. Holder is apparently among the tiny minority that has lagged far behind the rest of the country in this area.
So, in the interest of making AG Holder happy, I repeat: Hi, Eric. You’re black. Now that we’ve gotten that introduction out of the way, is there anything else you’d like to talk about?