"People have been calling for national dialogues and conversations for decades. It usually works something like this: Liberals say we need a frank discussion about race (or class or gender) in this country, and then they proceed to bludgeon any conservative stupid enough to take them up on their offer." -- Jonah Goldberg
The latest person calling for a dialogue on race, rather rudely I might add, is our Attorney General, Eric Holder,
Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was "a nation of cowards" on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.
"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," Holder said.
Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, but "we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."
Here's the simple reality. There is no real dialogue on race in this country -- and there will probably be no real dialogue on race in this country for the foreseeable future.
Why? Because white people aren't free to speak honestly about race.
Well, why is that?
First off, there's a grievance industry in this country full of parasites like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the NAACP who make a living by screaming "racism" over every slight, real and imagined, that anyone can come up with.
Also, the Left has made convincing black Americans that white people hate them a bedrock part of their political strategy. That keeps a lot of blacks falsely believing that white people hate them, falsely believing that Republicans hate them, and thereby keeps them thinking that they have no other choice than to rely on the Democratic Party. If most black Americans understood the truth, the Democrats would lose their death grip on black voters and they would tank as a party.
Additionally, black Americans are constantly told they're victims and that if they're not successful, it's because of racism. Maybe in the sixties that was true, but it has certainly never been true in my adult lifetime. It's easier to get a scholarship to college if you're black. It's easier to get into a better college if you're black. As a matter of fact, in every day job I have ever had it was easier to get hired and promoted if you were black. It was also harder to get fired. Heck, even Barack Obama would have had zero chance of being elected President if he weren't black. But, that doesn't fit in with the whole "black Americans are victims of racism" meme the left has to push to keep them in line, so they tend to shout racism anytime someone points out the obvious truth that everybody knows, but doesn't admit publicly.
Combine that with the fact that race isn't the most pleasant subject to talk about anyway. People get emotional over it, they tend not to treat the subject rationally, and if you're white and express any opinion that Jesse Jackson wouldn't immediately agree with, you're pretty sure to be branded a racist, no matter how irrational that may be, while over-the-top racists like Jeremiah Wright get a free pass no matter what they say. Go ask Don Imus, who was hounded off the air just for saying "nappy headed hoes" (what a joke) or the poor guy who's being accused of being a racist because he has mocked Al Sharpton in several of his cartoons -- Oh, I'm sorry, the official reason is because this cartoon, which obviously references the killer chimp that everyone is talking about, is really supposed to be about Obama,
If you claim to think that cartoon is racist, then you're either incredibly hypersensitive or plain old lying -- one or the other. Period.
So don't expect to see a real "dialogue" any time soon -- or at least for as long as the Left can continue to benefit from crying "racism" any time someone doesn't go along with their agenda.
That being said, electing Barack Obama proved without a shadow of a doubt that this is not a racist country and since that's the case, I hope to see a lot more people, black and white, refusing to dance to the tune of the race hustlers on the left who are constantly pretending to be offended to fill their wallets or further their political agendas.
PS: If this sounds a little more honest than what you will hear from most white people or even from most bloggers, it's because I work for myself, the sort of people who advertise with me could not care less what the Left thinks about anything, and because I think the race baiting b*stards on the left are mostly talk. They can shout, they can whine, and they can moan, but I think their power is highly overestimated and the more people who stand up and say so, the better off we'll be as a country.