Eric Holder claims that the U.S. is a nation of cowards because the different races aren’t joining hands and singing cumbaya on the weekends (here). He claims this even though diversity in the workplace is at an all-time high, and our nation has elected the first black president, who sat under a racist pastor, and we now have the first black Attorney General (Eric Holder). Holder said, “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.” So, I would like to remind everyone what a frank conversation about race, from our very own president’s inauguration, looks like:
‘Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the
joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when
black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around…
when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what
is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’…
-Reverend Joseph Lowery
Race will, unfortunately, always be a factor, no matter how much we want to assume that it will disappear. Even those who cry against racism, like Obama, Lowery and Holder, in addition to Sharpton and Jackson, show racism in the very statements that they make or the actions that they take. And, racism exists among caucasions and all other ethnicities (see LULAC). My question, however, is: Will this topic ever be seriously discussed without one race trying to diminish the standing of another in order to prop itself up?