Another few words on Holder, hyperbole, and race in America
By Rick Saunders
The newly installed Attorney General of the United States, Eric “Tax-Cheat-Pardoner” Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, told a group of Justice Department employees last week that the United States is “a nation of cowards” on matters of race. The speech came, of course, as a part of the celebration of “Black History Month.”
Apart from the justified indignation and outrage those comments are eliciting across the nation from folks of all ethnicities, it would have been a lot easier to take Holder’s remarks more seriously had they been delivered during “White History Month” or “Caucasian History Week” or even “Hispanic History Hour.” Oh, wait. Those don’t exist. Or, if they do, they are among mainstream journalism’s best-kept secrets. But since the criticism was delivered by an African-American–please note the hyphenated race-nationality required by political correctness–as a part of the observation of a period of time most normal Americans call “February,” Holder’s criticism tends to ring hollow.
The fact of the matter seems to be that, in Holder’s view, February should be used as an opportunity for Americans “of all races” to engage in “frank talk about racial matters.” But who does he think he’s kidding? In this politically correct climate (the use of “climate” here to be distinguished from temporary, transitory weather systems that come and go, or from the deity from which Al Gore’s religion popped up) which has been constructed, nurtured and propagandized over the past few decades by liberals, Democrats, the ACLU and a mainstream media that never met an Orwellian doublespeak term it wanted to avoid, anyone who was even tempted to engage in a “frank talk” about race had better be prepared for complete vilification. And not only vilification, but exposure in some instances to the potential for actual criminal prosecution for indulging in “hate speech.”
Frank talk? No thanks. My name is Rick.
The double-standard imposed by liberals and their pals in the media have made it easy, for example, for blacks to pillory whites regardless of the substantive merit of the matter at hand and to get a free pass in the form of being characterized as “community activists.” Take, for example, our favorite men of the cloth, the Revs. Jeremiah “White is Never” Wright and Al “Pinstriped Bouffant” Sharpton. But when the tables are turned and a white guy, whether in a personal capacity or an official capacity, is critical of blacks in any way whatsoever, the leftists’ and media’s pejorative daggers are whipped out and the white guy in question can be excoriated as either “racist,” “bigoted” or, one of the MSM’s favorites, “divisive.”
Race isn’t only the determinative factor for whether or not the media will paint someone with the broad brush of intolerance. Why, they look at ideology, too! Compare, for example, how former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott–a Republican–was dogged following a joke made at Sen. Strom Thurmond’s 147th birthday party, with how Sen. Robert Byrd–a Democrat and the former Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan–is still serving in the United States Senate after 94 years.
Before Mr. Holder starts criticizing Americans for their purported reluctance and cowardice to engage in “frank talk” about matters of race in this skewed intellectual environment, he needs to re-evaluate the conceptual basis of his lecture. The politically correct “hate speech” codes and protocols which have spread their tentacles throughout the lexicon have now made such “frank discussions” virtually impossible. And if “hate speech” is now the standard of care, can “hate thought” be far behind?
It is as if Holder were insisting that these candid discussions about race are necessary and would be fine . . . if conducted only in Swahili, and then excoriating everyone for not purchasing Rosetta Stone and getting up to speed in Swahili by sundown.
And don’t even think–whether in Swahili, English, Spanish, Farsi or U.N. Esperanto–of mentioning the “N” word . . . unless, of course, you are directing it at another of your own ethnicity. Oh, the indignity, the outrage, the humanity! If Holder wants a “frank discussion” about race matters, as opposed to a PC-structured chat over afternoon tea about the lunacy of, for but one example, affirmative action mortgage loans by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, he’d better be prepared for a lot of “N” words — including, among others, “nitwit” and “numbskull” and “nincompoop.”
Against this backdrop, Holder deems us to be “cowards?” Get a grip. Get over yourself. And lose the “holier-than-thou” attitude, as it is unbefitting the image of the Attorney General of the United States of America.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.