February 19th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Bloggers blast Holder for 'nation of cowards' remark

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - America is "a nation of cowards" when discussing race. That sentiment from the country's first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, has stirred up pundits, bloggers and readers.

"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," Holder told Department of Justice employees at an event Wednesday celebrating Black History Month.

Watch: Holder says America is a "nation of cowards"

And that impression of race in America has set off a firestorm of criticism.

"Holder doesn't want an honest dialogue about race. In the Age of [President] Obama, 'talking enough with each other about race' means the rest of us shutting up while being subjected to lectures about our insensitivity and insufficient integration on the weekends," conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote.

Stephan Tawney, writing on the American Pundit blog, said a glimpse at the national political landscape - namely the country's first black president - suggests otherwise.

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  1. lol

    the only people who bring up race are team obama. holder thinks were all cowards, and michelle o thinks americans are mean. why do they keep playing the race card?

    February 19, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Todd

    What an idiot! Can't imagine why some back-wood's, uneducated, old, racist white guy would not want to just jump into a one-on-one dialog with this Holder guy. I mean, can Obama – The President of Change and Bring ALL Sides Together – possibly surround himself with any more people that go out of their way to alienate themselves to the people who elected him???

    February 19, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Once you vote Black

    This was a bold and true statement that I hope he holds his ground on. But beyond that, he needs to be willing to start the dialoug. Not the job of the AG, so he may have set something off he is not set up to deal with. I bet his next statement is HELP!

    February 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Ben - Portland, Or

    He's absolutly right: why are there more black men in prison than in college? Why are blacks more likely to go to jail than whites? Because we're ignoring the real issues, deciding to say "We have a black president. MLK dream: Check." Think about it... using President Obama as an example of overcoming issues of race is absurd...it's like saying, "Magic Johnson isn't dead yet so AIDS/HIV isn't a problem anymore."

    February 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. WhoCares?

    As you can see...Republicans just hate the cold brutal truth.

    February 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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