In his official capacity as Attorney General, Eric Holder made a speech to Justice Department employees, saying:
Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. ...
We, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. ...
It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation's history, this is in some ways understandable. If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.
This is an exceptionally stupid, wrong and dishonest thing to say on every level, though it's a common refrain of left wingers such as Mr. Holder. We have black history month, and school children know more about Jefferson holding slaves than about him founding the country. We've talked and talked and talked.
On top of which, we've got black folk working at every level of society. We've had two black secretaries of state. A black dude running the Justice Department just can't have too much there to bitch about. What do we have to do to prove we're cool? You want we should elect an affirmative action candidate for president, someone not vaguely qualified or experienced for the job mostly just because he's black? That would be risking grave danger and damage to the nation just to prove a stupid point, wouldn't it? God, I hope we'd never be that foolish.
What left wingers generally mean by saying that we haven't talked enough about race is not that we should have an open, honest discussion of our observations and perspectives on racial issues. It's that Whitey should feel more guilty and seek penance of being lectured to by self-righteous liberals — and of course giving over yet more of our money.