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Give Up the Racist Narrative: A Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder

If our new president and attorney general truly want "change," the rhetoric of victimhood has to go.

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Bill Siegel

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February 26, 2009 - 12:18 am
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Dear Attorney General Holder,

The other day you stated:

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

Upon considering your remarks, I conclude that you are absolutely correct. So please allow me the opportunity to demonstrate some courage and address your statement that we “simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

As you undoubtedly know, the politically correct racial elite have made it extremely difficult to express much of anything. As you said, “[I]f we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with each other and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

It is time, then, for you to spearhead an anti-political correctness movement so as to make members of all races fully comfortable with saying what is on their minds without consequence. Don’t ask for talk with one hand while restraining talk with the other.

Secondly, as our attorney general, you should be teaching the citizenry that, as a legal matter, racial discrimination was outlawed decades ago. Obviously, creating laws does not in and of itself stop crimes; yet that is true of all crimes. Instead, you seem to join your fellow elites, including the president, in teaching the country that racism not only still exists but is a fundamental and flourishing problem throughout America.

Additionally, this nation has spent tremendous sums over decades on the “problem” of racism. Prior to the debt added by virtue of the Iraq War, the amount of money spent on Great Society programs and related race-related reparatory government programs virtually equaled the size of our pre-President Obama national debt — roughly seven trillion dollars. Contrary to the language of black “leaders,” which is always built upon the presuppositions that racism thrives today, that the country has done little to address it, and that ultimately the nation somehow needs to begin to make blacks whole, America had basically thrust itself near to insolvency in attempting to relieve itself of its “white guilt.”

It is interesting that prior to President Obama’s election, our excessive national debt level was labeled by Democrats as a sign of the failure of the Republican Congress and President Bush –  disregarding years of extraordinary spending put and held in place by Democrats. President Obama is now confronted with an economy which he is destroying in large part by raising our national debt to levels that will quite possibly put the nation in a fiscal crisis the likes of which we have never seen, not even during the Great Depression.

Most importantly, however, if one wants to truly look forward, be hopeful, and clearly foster “Change” as the President Obama devotees claim, it is not very difficult. What one needs to do is to treat others the way one wishes to be treated. Simply stop seeing race and racism everywhere you look. Just as “peace” really needs no “process,” racism can be stopped instantly by ceasing to see everything in terms of “black and white.” Stop clinging to the past, stop demanding that the country be described as racist, stop referring to all the “racial matters” that confront us, stop all of the racial crisis rhetoric, and act as if the country has gotten beyond the racial horrors onto which you and your fellow elites insist upon holding. You will be amazed at what will result.

Further, stop using race to camouflage other agendas. President Obama’s guru, community organizer creator Saul Alinsky, framed the critical issue for his fellow radicals as organizing the Have-Nots to take power form the Haves. That is also clearly the president’s agenda and, presumably, yours as a public servant of his. It is high time this agenda is not hidden within a racial disguise. Let’s drop the cloak and call a spade a spade; and do not read that as racist either! Let issues of wealth distribution and re-distribution (the foundation of President Obama’s agenda) be of just that, not of race. Otherwise, it is you who are guilty of the ultimate racism — the attempt to transfer wealth and power from one race to another.

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