Friday, March 11, 2011

A Nation of Cowards Concerning Race? Yes, but Holder Got It Wrong All the Same

Shortly after his appointment by President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder called us a “nation of cowards” as to how we deal with race. And taken at face value, he’s right: We do cringe away from the subject whenever we can, though not in the way he meant.

Holder went on to state that we don’t integrate socially. But considering the Black Panthers case, where he refuses to bring his “people” to justice, it seems logical to suspect that he meant more than that. He apparently doesn’t think that black intimidation against whites is anything near as bad as white intimidation against blacks.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly how we are cowards. We allow racial guilt to dictate our politics, our news, our education and our criminal activity. We let ourselves get sidetracked by race as an all-important factor in our lives, when it doesn’t need to be.

It’s especially sad when well over a dozen men gang-rape an 11-year old girl… and we run headlines like ABC’s: “Gang Rape of 11-Year-Old Girl Sparks Racial Tensions in Texas Town” instead of focusing on helping the victim and punishing the perpetrators.

You see, the child was Hispanic and all of the men arrested so far – who were depraved and stupid enough to record portions of the hours-long assault – are black, aged 14 to 26.

Education Usually Trumps Race

This has led local community activist Quannell X to host a town hall meeting on “the real truth behind the rape allegations?” The leader of Houston’s New Black Panther Party and therefore almost assuredly a racist himself, says that while “Every adult male that had sex with this child should go to prison” irregardless of color, he wants to know why “there’s only been the selective prosecution of one community, which is African American.”

But does he stop to consider that maybe only African American men committed the crime? Between the video footage and Eric Holder’s own words that the country remains “voluntarily socially segregated,” it seems a logical conclusion to come to.

If we really need to focus on race instead of getting such disgusting criminals off of the streets and away from small, defenseless children, maybe we should ask whether it was a hate crime perpetrated against a Hispanic by blacks.

Or maybe we should consider why our youth act so abominably in the first place. After all, in a completely separate incident, a Brooklyn high school girl tried to permanently disfigure a fellow female classmate by pouring acid on her in chemistry class. When arrested for her deplorable behavior, she told the cops, “She deserved it.”

So maybe we should drop the race card and focus on what we’re teaching our children instead: That personal responsibility, dignity and appreciation for those around us isn’t as important as enjoying the moment.

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