I guess a lot of people are a bit bent out of shape about Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks about race relations. Well, people have to be bent out of shape about something or else they might stop watching the news and get lives.
Holder made some good points in that speech but he was wrong to say that we are “a nation of cowards.” We are mostly a nation of people who want to do the right thing but don’t quite know how. We listen when other people tell us what the right thing is and we try but then either we’re told that we’re not quite doing it right or they change their minds and decide that the right thing is now the wrong thing and we have to learn a new right thing.
It’s understandable that the right thing might change every decade or two as new generations grow up and decide they want things to be different but it would be helpful if everyone would be tolerant and I don’t mean the officially prescribed one way tolerance of the PC crowd; I mean real, old-fashioned tolerance. That means giving people the benefit of the doubt instead of always assuming the worst intentions. If we could all do that then perhaps we could have the “frank conversations about racial matters” that Attorney General Holder wants to see.
The “self segregating on weekends” issue is one that I have thought about for years but how does one go about changing that? It’s just a matter of habit and breaking habits is usually uncomfortable whether race is involved or not. But if we can get past the fear of rejection I think most of us are willing to make new friends without regard to race.