Saturday, March 7, 2009
Free at last, free at last: Obama rebukes his AG for trying to perpetuate black victimhood through condemning Americans over race relations
There is no bigger tyranny in this nation than the race-baiting industry maintained by some African-American leaders to maintain power by making whites feel bad about race relations and this nation's history.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tried to reinforce that tyranny last month by calling Americans "a nation of cowards" for not regularly discussing race relations and for segregating in their communities.
It was a strange address considering that he is supposed to be the unbiased gatekeeper of the nation's law enforcement.
To his credit, President Barack Obama rebuked his AG and his comments in an interview Friday with The New York Times.
WASHINGTON — President Obama has chided his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., for describing America as a “nation of cowards” when discussing race, wading into a tumult that flared over Mr. Holder’s indictment of the way this country talks about ethnicity.
“I think it’s fair to say that if I had been advising my attorney general, we would have used different language,” Mr. Obama said in a mild rebuke from America’s first black president to its first black attorney general.
Mild or not, the rebuke is needed. And Holder has shown that the merchants of terrorizing talk about race in this nation should be discredited and no longer allowed to wield influence in American social discourse on the subject.
I led race relations meetings called study circles in Utica, N.Y., as an editorial page editor. Our effort called Building Bridges was so successful that the Clinton White House in 1998 cited it as one of four national media efforts to use in American communities.
What Holder was seeking, however, was to re-energize the black victim hood industry used to shake down corporations and make Americans feel like failures over race relations.
The Nashville church I attend is not segregated. And even Williamson County, an affluent suburb of Nashville, has different races there -- segregated by class. All races want better schools, safe neighborhoods and lower taxes.
Despite what Holder stated, there is so much more than unites than divides in this nation. But he wants to focus on division to become more powerful.
He should take directions from Americans of Hispanic descent as myself. We don't want victim hood. We're not looking back history good or bad. We want government just to get out of the way for the future so we can work our butts off. Then, we'll choose our vision of the American Dream. We don't want some government program to do it, or a power-hungry Attorney General.
Revisiting race over and over as a problem serves only the few who want to be the ones dictating the discourse as a damning exercise and dividing the spoils that come from perpetuating guilt.
Obama didn't run on victim hood. He did not run as an African-American. And that is part of the reason why he won. He won as a candidate with the best ideas and campaign.
Holder has ultimately discredited the race-baiting industry that he tried to re-energize.
Indeed, this nation is free at last.