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'Nation of Cowards'

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder says America has yet to come to grips with its racial past.


What's unfortunate is that Attorney General Eric Holder's "nation of cowards" comment stole attention away from an otherwise brilliant speech.

I have been going back and forth on this for days, and I now believe that he should have chosen his words more wisely. Sometimes people try to motivate others by issuing insults - kind of like the high school football coach or the military drill sargeant or the personal trainer calling you a fat slob.

Mainstream America is not aware of the amount of tough love that many Black people grew up experiencing which we later learned to appreciate. This is one of the reasons why Jeremiah Wright is so villified by the White community.

But in this case, I think his comment was a little over the top, even though I support his overall message.

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