We're all just a bunch of race cowards, according to Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general.
I have an early appointment this morning, so I thought it a good opportunity to post my brother Snapper's response to the above. Enjoy!
Dear Mr. Holder: if you are reading this. I am not a coward. I am a 50 something white male who has spent my entire life attempting to define the worth of the men and women I meet by their characters, personalities and accomplishments and not by the color of their skin. At some point in my life I must admit that it has become tiresome to me, that despite my best efforts to lead by example and thereby help in my small way to facilitate the true meaning of Dr. King's dream, I continue to be asked to go against my inclination to ignore the color of a person's skin and instead to consider it in my dealings with him or her, to acknowledge (over and over again) that our country once engaged in slavery and susequently discrimination and separation of the races. I am told to consider this over and over and to celebrate the first african american to accomplish this and then the first african american to accomplish that, etc etc etc ad nauseum.
Ok I get it. Starting from unequal points in history it is more difficult for the african american to have gotten ahead. One of my many sociology profs in college taught an entire semester to me devoted to the example of a footrace with the african american starting a hundred yards behind the white man. I really do get it. I have for a long time. I just have difficulty judging a man by other than the color of his skin when I am constantly being told to judge him by the color of his skin. I have a dream Mr. Holder. I see a nation which someday will celebrate the first african american to define himself or herself as something other than the first african american to accomplish whatever it is that they do. is that brave enough for you?
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