Attorney General Eric Holder was right today when he called us "a nation of cowards" in our refusal to confront the ugly truth of racism in America, and how we self-segregate by isolating ourselves in our own little racial, religious, multicultural bubbles.
Red Room is the only Web site, except for my own, to post a piece I wrote, a few weeks ago, intended to address the very subject. The piece was called "Attitude." None of the mainstream media blogs would touch it. I guess some might find the piece offensive.
We should be offended, and uncomfortable, until bigotry, and hate no longer plague us. Racism won't go away by simply electing a black president nor is that enough to engender economic opportunity, and social equity.
In a country with an unchallenged history of emphasizing conformity, from the days of Salem Bay to those of the House Un-American Activities Committee, if closet Klansmen were made to feel like freaks, funny how quickly they'd disappear. Joe McCarthy, after all, didn't exist in a vacuum; he had plenty of help.
Things may appear to be better, but we've got a long, long way to go. Kudos to our new attorney general, as well as our president, for saying so.