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"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder said at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. "Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial. "This is truly sad. Given all that we as a nation went through during the civil rights struggle, it is hard for me to accept that the result of those efforts was to create an America that is more prosperous, more positively race-conscious, and yet is voluntarily socially segregated."
Holder seldom broaches the topic of race directly, but in a 1997 National Public Radio interview conducted soon after his appointment as the Justice Department’s second in command, he shared a quote by the late Samuel Proctor, a pastor in Harlem, that he carried in his wallet. “It says that blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America,” Holder said. “No matter how affluent, educated and mobile a black person becomes, his race defines him more particularly than anything else.”
Covington's black staff attorneys (like its black partners and associates) hail from top law schools like Harvard, Duke and Georgetown while several white associates and partners attended schools like Catholic, Kentucky and Villanova (all ranked well below 50). Taken as a whole, the black staff attorneys' average law school rank is higher than that of white staff attorneys at the firm.
"The vast majority of Covington's black attorneys do no substantive work, have no control over their case assignments and no opportunity for advancement. This seems to be just the sort of structure the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warned against in its 2003 "Diversity In Law Firms" report which stated, "In large, national law firms, the most pressing issues have probably shifted from hiring and initial access to problems concerning the terms and conditions of employment, especially promotion to partnership."
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Snisha
Cowards because we don't talk about our "racial problems"? ..
Asians don't need to sit down and discuss their Asianness..
Latino's don't need to sit down and discuss their Latinoness
Whites don't need to sit down and discuss their Whiteness..
So why do black constantly need to remind everyone else and themselves that they are Black, and must discuss this fact?
There must be a psychological term for such behaviors...
Originally posted by mastermind77
heres how i see how things are for real. Not from my slanted views or hatreds, but from reality, the way it HAS been for a while.
Crime originaly started when WHITES and EUROPIANS mainly STOLE black people form their native tribal lands.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Good point but we do have to take care not to forget or belittle the actions our forefathers did to the Africans.
Having said that I do get a little tired of hearing some of my black friends talk about slavery this and black injustice that and I also get tired of some of my Jewish freinds talking about the Holocaust.
I'm part Native American you don't see me going around and yelling GET OUT!
Originally posted by Res Ipsa
I agree with him "we are cowards" when it comes to race issues.
blacks hang with blacks and whites with whites when in social settings for the large part. (don't give me your anecdotal exceptions)