Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Nation of Cowards

Walter E. Williams
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations. In one sense, he is absolutely right. Many whites, from university administrators and professors, schoolteachers to employers and public officials accept behavior from black people that they wouldn't begin to accept from whites. For example, some of the nation's most elite universities, such as Vanderbilt, Stanford University and the University of California, have yielded to black student demands for separate graduation ceremonies and separate "celebratory events." Universities such as Stanford, Cornell, MIT, and Cal Berkeley have, or have had, segregated dorms. If white students demanded whites-only graduation ceremonies or whites-only dorms, administrators would have labeled their demands as intolerable racism. When black students demand the same thing, these administrators cowardly capitulate. Calling these university administrators cowards is the most flattering characterization of their behavior. They might actually be stupid enough to believe nonsense taught by their some of sociology and psychology professors that blacks can't be racists because they don't have power.


Anonymous said...

I had an idea occur to me, VN8. Perhaps Holder had to stir the pot to divert a little attention? Sorta keep us at each other's throats?

Nobody's gonna magically go out and have a beer with friends across racial lines based on Holder's rhetoric. The people who already do so don't necessarily need a lecture from him.

The fact that Holder doesn't know these relationships already exist would fall into the category of ignorance or at least "slightly uninformed".

Holder's glass is half-empty and it shows.

Lee said...

National Review has two pieces on the Holder dust up. Here's one by Jonha Goldberg and another by Abigale Thernstrom.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reference, Lee. I did read the Goldberg piece but had not seen the other one (Thernstrom's). Again it's pointed out how unbelievably arrogant the members of this unlikely "dream team" BO has put together actually are. Both pieces agree that dialog like Holder calls for has been going on for quite some time. I guess I would agree that Holder is not as clueless as he is ... just ...well, arrogant! Holder is just carrying the liberal standard that other wingers were dancing on when he was riding a tricycle ... "Government knows what's best for YOU!"

$800 bazillion dollars later, he's still wrong.