I’m all worked up about this.
First, go here and read this. No, really; I’ll wait.
You’re back? Okay; now, revisit this:
“The Morgan State comments were Holder’s most extensive on the subject of race since early 2009, when he gave a speech during Black History Month that generated controversy and reportedly infuriated President Obama’s chief of staff at the time, Rahm Emanuel. In that speech, Holder, the nation’s first African American attorney general, referred to the country as “essentially a nation of cowards,” (emphasis mine) arguing that Americans were not comfortable enough with one another to discuss the issue of race candidly.”
We ARE largely a nation of cowards; I think that Holder is spot-on with this.
Here’s the thing; I think that we ARE afraid to talk – especially to kids – about things that matter. I posted a comment on someone’s facebok wall this morning (I forget whose now, but it’s not important). The post was a lament of the general disinterest of a lot of young people in politics and voting. You want to complain that young people are apathetic about voting? How about letting their teachers talk about current events and topics that most parents and administrators are afraid of because they’re “sensitive.” Give young people the environment and support they need to learn how to think critically about important things; race, poverty, sex and sexual identity, privilege. Unless and until we can have honest (and yes, sometimes difficult and uncomfortable) conversations about these things, we’re never going to progress beyond where we are, and where we are is not okay – not by a long shot.