Five years later, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder still believes the United States is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.
In a “friendly” interview with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, as The Daily Caller described the exchange, Holder was asked if he would take back the comment he made during a speech marking Black History Month.
“I would not take that back,” he answered.
It was on Feb. 19, 2009 that Holder remarked, “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 did concede Thursday that some progress has been made, saying, “We’re certainly doing a lot better than we did.”
Ironically, his comments come in the wake of Obama’s recent remark blaming his sagging approval numbers on race.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker published last week.
The Daily Caller reported on Holder’s agenda “to equalize outcomes for selected racial groups,” noting that he “has greatly expanded the range of race-related lawsuits filed against companies, schools and governments.”
For example, his department recently threatened to sue schools where African Americans are disciplined differently than Asian or white students. His agency has extracted billions of dollars in payments from banks after unintentional racial differences were detected in their lending patterns. He has also rolled back drug penalties imposed on African Americans.
Critics will argue that with social justice being a top priority for Holder’s overtly politicized Justice Department, his heavy handed approach, which includes treats of lawsuits, has hurt race relations more than it has helped.
A belief that is reflected in polls, as the Daily Caller reported on the “sharp drop” in attitude toward race relations:
In June, a poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal reported that only 52 percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks have a favorable opinion of race relations in the country. That’s a sharp drop from the beginning of Obama’s first term, when 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks held a favorable view of American race relations.
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