A nation of cowards?


Filed Under General on Feb 23 

Attorney General Eric Holder calls Americans “a nation of cowards” for not talking about race. The Manhattan Institute’s Heather MacDonald takes him up on the challenge on the City Journal website. She responds, “Is he nuts? Leave aside for a moment Holder’s purely decorative call for a ‘frank’ conversation about race. The Clinton-era Conversation also purported to be frank, and we know what that meant: a one-sided litany of white injustices.”

She then goes on to have that “frank discussion” on race in matters of crime, education and the family. She also explains why what she calls “the race industry” has to keep racial issues alive:

Education bureaucrats maintain an incessant harangue on white racism because they see the writing on the wall: most students are indifferent to race and just want to get along. If left to themselves, they would go about their business perfectly happily and color-blindly, and the race industry would wither on the vine. Thus the institutional imperative to remind black students constantly about their victimization and the white students about their guilt.

Maybe we are a nation of cowards. Many would shy away from bringing up these issues for fear of being labeled a racist. Fortunately, Heather MacDonald isn’t.