A lot of criticism was made, especially by the Republicans about these remarks.
Ron Christie, a one-time domestic policy adviser to former President George W. Bush, said that for the nation's chief law enforcement officer to raise race issues "was wrong and it was very insulting to the American people."
Hilary Shelton of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People agreed that Holder's comments are "provocative."
Michelle Malkin wrote: "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".
(All of these from CNN http://goo.gl/CY9H)
Now, let me say this from the start, I agree with Mr. Holder. A lot of us are afraid when it comes to discussions about race. But it's not because we are cowards. It's because we of the Caucasian persuasion are sick and tired of being called a racist every time we say something disparagingly about a "person of color" (speaking of which, why is "people of color" OK, but "colored people" not? And if black people don't like the term "colored people", then why not change the name to "National Association for the Advancement of African-Americans NAAAA? That sounds like a sheep bleating, which would be appropriate).
The newest flap is the kids in a Lumpkin county, GA High school being allowed to wear Klan robes, which were a part of a film about racism, in the school. http://goo.gl/kCJY
Now, if some of the stories going around were true, as kids wanting to re-enact a lynching using one black kid, I can agree with children and parents being upset. But some of the people were angry simply because the children were allowed to wear the robes. It's like: "You can produce a video about racism, but you can't show racism". "We want more stories about how bad racism is, but you can't show how bad racism is, if you do, you're racist." The Klan is a part of history. Both black and white.
This also goes for the criticism of any black person, for any reason. Black people are only criticized because they're black. Black people never commit crimes, they are never unethical, never corrupt. They are only accused of these crimes because of their color. To say that white people don't like Barack Obama because he's black is OK, but to suggest that blacks voted for him for the same reason is racist.
- "...the overriding reason that Mr. Atwater was indicted in federal court was that he was a young, black male accused of killing a young, white female," http://goo.gl/7O5H
- "Kwame Kilpatrick’s New York City-based spokesman Mike Paul likened the former mayor’s sentencing today to “South Africa during the days of apartheid"". http://goo.gl/sa6I
- (Regarding Congressman William Jefferson): "Black Democrats' constituents will assume that the caucus has different standards for legislators based on race." http://goo.gl/bayz
- Hell, Wal-Mart is being called racist because they put the black Barbies on sale, but not the white ones http://goo.gl/Epuh
- Now we have racist ice cream http://goo.gl/5s3E
- ...and ice cream men http://goo.gl/KsaZ
- “I think some of the people who are against Obama are just against Obama because he’s African-American.” http://goo.gl/FTxR
This also goes for the latino community and Arizona's anti-immigration law. The only reason you want to keep illegals out is because they're Hispanic.(another term is "indigenous red-brown peoples" http://goo.gl/YQKl We can just say "IRBP").
The IRBP are upset because Americans do not want them in the country illegally (that would be the IIIRBP, "illegal immigrant indigenous red-brown peoples"), so what they do is accuse every anti-immigration law or supporter of being anti-Latino (ie: racist).
Until either blacks, Hispanics, IRBP, Asians (what became of orientals?) and anyone else who isn't white stop accusing whites of racism every time they fart in the wrong direction, or the whites stand up and call bullshit when they are accused, we as a nation will be afraid to discuss race.