Dear Attorney General...

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Earlier this week Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the Justice Department and declared that the people of the United States deploring its lack of advancement on race relations and referring to the entire populous as “cowards,” despite the recent election of Barack Obama.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial (they) have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder told his employees.

Your eyes do not mislead you. During his first month in office, the chief law enforcement officer in the country, referred to his constituents as cowards. Ignore for the moment that the President is black, as is Mr. Holder. Disregard the impact that people like Oprah Winfrey have on our culture, or the great importance that black athletes hold in the hearts of our youth. Erase from your memory the service that Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell have recently given to this country.

Instead, focus on Mr. Holder’s words.

"If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us."

Apparently Mr. Holder’s version of a frank conversation begins with name-calling, and ends with, well, we’re not quite sure yet. Is it surprising that President Obama has surrounded himself with someone willing to flippantly call an entire nation “cowards?” Only until we understand that the only people he was referring to as “cowards” were people who happen to be white.

Perhaps we should provide Mr. Obama some leeway on this matter; it’s not as if he has a history of surrounding himself with people that have made it their mission to destroy this country from the inside by injecting a far ranging agenda of hate, anger, inequality, and terrorism into its blood stream. We were told during the recent election that we need not worry about Reverend Wright and his “God Damn America”- he would not be a member of any administration. We were looked at as racists if we dared question how someone could continually listen to ideologies and not come away with some type of indoctrination.

We, the thinking men and women of this country, however few of us remain, are willing to have very frank conversations on race, and all of the other matters troubling this country, Mr. Holder. Please let us know when you are ready. Please let us know when we may be judged on the content of our character; and not the assumption of racism because we dare question a dangerous liberal agenda.

If we are to progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other, Mr. Holder. These are your words, but the direction in which you speak them is wrong. Do not stand at the edge of the balcony and preach to the choir a reinforcement of unrealistic platitudes. Instead, look in the mirror and whisper to yourself these noble directions.

Are you, Mr. Holder, willing to have a frank conversation with us? Are you willing to admit that when we look at you, we do not see an angry black man, but a person serving his country that we disagree with vehemently?

Are you willing to admit that the vast majority of this country could care nothing of race? Do not look at this as a negative. It is the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. How else can you explain the election of Mr. Obama to the most powerful position in the world?

For generations, the United States, not white or black people, has been saddled with leaders in the black community that play a divisive game that would not exist were it not for self advancement and preservation. Reverend Al Sharpton, praised by many in the black community, the liberal base, and the media, has done more to harm race relations in this country than any delusional KKK fool could ever hope to achieve.

People of Mr. Sharpton's ilk, if we are to speak frankly, care little for the advancement of racial equality in this country. If achieved, they would be out of a job.

These words would carry more weight if I were black. I am not. We look at this situation, the message these words intend to convey, and the insults that will instead be lobbed, as a true problem if we are to have our discussion. We will not apologize for the wrongs and sins our ancestors committed because we cannot fathom for a moment the audacity they had to chain a fellow human being to land and treat him as property.

Instead we will work to right those wrongs the only way we know how- true equality. We are willing to hire anyone of color for a job they are qualified for. We judge a person for who they are, listen to what they believe, and work with them to perfect our American dream. Color be damned- to not do so would be cowardly.

Are you willing to do the same?

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