Holder: We're Still a 'Nation of Cowards' on Race

Americans don't discuss racist past enough: attorney general
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 3:42 PM CST

(Newser) – We may have elected our first black president, but America remains "a nation of cowards" on race, Eric Holder said today in a speech honoring Black History Month. "Average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial," said the attorney general. He vowed that the Department of Justice would lead by example under his watch, reports Politico.

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The US "still has not come to grips with its racial past, nor has it been willing to contemplate, in a truly meaningful way, the diverse future it is fated to have," Holder said. "To our detriment, this is typical of the way in which this nation deals with issues of race." (Read more race stories.)

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