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February 24, 2009

Calling us ‘cowards’

It is very disheartening when the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder, calls us a nation of cowards (2/19, A-5). Even though he was referring to our conduct in race relations, I would never expect one of our government leaders to call us cowards. To make it even worse, he gave no direction for his desired change in racial relations. He just provided ridicule.

Congress might have been a better starting place for the attorney general to vent his displeasure. There are some racially organized caucuses in Congress that should disband. Any government grouping by race sends a harmful message of separatism.

It should be evident to Mr. Holder that racial change is occurring in this country. However, people live and socialize with those with whom they have things in common, regardless of race. Government cannot and should not try to control socialization.

B.J. Taylor
Overland Park

America’s top cop has an attitude. The attorney general of the United States accused the people of our country of being cowards on matters of race. This is a slap on the face of millions of Americans who worked long, back-breaking hours to elect an African-American as president, who subsequently appointed the attorney general.

How is this man going to keep equilibrium in the legal system? He is obviously biased.

Frank Statesel
Overland Park

Comments

solomon

The Italian football team was playing the Polish squad....3rd qtr, the score was 0-0, a train went by, blew the whistle, the Polish team thought the game was over and went home.....two plays later the Italian team scored.

Engineer

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Touché`. Got to interested in spelling to look at what I was spelling. Should have said at 180 degrees from each other. Oh well, if you are going I'll take a 360 and get out of here, too. (Old Polish aviator joke I'll try to slip by solomon.)

Pub 17

Which leads us back to Square One.
["diametrically," Engineer, as in opposite ends of a diameter. Of course, now I have a square in a circle, so I'm taking an early snifter and retiring to the TV room]

Engineer

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You know, for one of the few occasions, I do agree with you. The problem is that we have such diagrammatically opposed concepts.

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Good. So do Democrats.

Engineer

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I'm not particularily any of those things, but I do want what's best for America.

solomon

Engineer,

Now that's funny!

Both parties are the parties of what's in it for me, just depends on who "me" is. I'll go further and include all of the other parties that get no serious consideration.

Ross, you must be laughing your ass off.

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Oh, Engineer, that's the best one today, the Republican Party as the last, best haven for the altruistic, self-sacrificing, and godly amongst us.....

Engineer

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If your party affiliation is based on "what's in it for me" and you think that's the way to go, so be it.

solomon

"If true"...not "It true"

darned backspace editing.......

solomon

Engineer,

It true, what you expressed in your post is one of the things wrong with our country. One political party goes overboard and the other offers nothing.

Affirmative action and quota's should not be a party issue. It is to the shame of our nation that laws were needed to establish and maintain equality.

Pub 17

Gah, I missed your last paragraph. Rouge has several more avatars on Midwest Voices, the only trait we share besides a loathing for left-lane bandits.

solomon

Pub,

Rogue and BuddyT are the same person.

solomon

"The man said WE, not YOU, and as long as you don't view others as THEM you should realize he was talking about all of US."-solomon

Cowards is a descriptive word that fits the situation. Are you able to come up with a better one? There is nothing divisive in the AGs words. Were they happy cheerful words? No. Were they honest words? Yes.

He did not put the weight of racial conversation on any of the races.

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Oh, I get it, Engineer. African-Americans are so stupid they'll ignore the outstretched hand of the Republican Party because the right wing of the party sneers at affirmative action. Got it. See how well talking in code helps us communicate?

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solomon--
Have you forgotten? ROGUE has black friends. They communicate in an almost mystical, non-verbal fashion, according to our favorite Special Services Officer.

Engineer

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Republicans believe all races are equal under the law. They do not believe in special privileges for any race or in government discrimination for any race. Perhaps that explains you often repeated remark on numbers.

TinaMcG

"Your way off on this one Tina. His comment went to a reality of this nation, how we segregate ourselves, and it has nothing to do with his being black or Obama"s. "

Solomon, he could think it.He could discuss it with friends. NOW is not the time to say it in the public forum. "Cowards" was an ugly choice of words, even if it is appropriate. There was no diplomacy in the timing of his statement or in the way he said it. I was furious, and I wanted Obama to take him to the woodshed. We don't need divisive talk like that, especially now.

solomon

Gary,

I tried to read the link but had to quit early on as she started quoting polls citing %s of whites who say they have black friends. I have sat in on a number of disciplinary meetings regarding race in the workplace, and like clockwork the defense comes out that a person has black friends. these include a woman caught red handed spitting into a black co-workers coffee cup and a woman, in a management position, complaining about the work dumped on her department by another manager using the words..."what am I, his nigger?"

The facts are that as a country we have made great strides in my lifetime, but there is a long way to go, and being unwilling to discuss it gets us nowhere.

BTW, NMMNG and BuddyT both say they have close black friends. Wonder what they discuss?

Gary

Oops, that should read NOT to talk about race.

 
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