With his blanket accusatory assessment, Holder included all of the American heroes of all skin colors, genders and nationalities who have fought countless wars and military actions around the world to protect our national interests and freedoms; all of the police, firefighters and civilians who acted and died bravely during the multiple terrorist attacks this country have endured; people of faith who worship in ethnically diverse congregations around our great land; children, elderly, poor, middle class, rich, healthy and disabled; and doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers, pastors, past and present.
By his assessment, we’re all cowards.
If you take a moment to really think about his flippant, irresponsible statement, in a matter of seconds, he has blasted a huge pothole in the road of progress that has been painfully trudged over the past 150 years.
Holder says the American people are reluctant to have a conversation about race. Well, I can only speak to one side of the conversation, and, as you can well see, I am not at all reluctant to discuss the issue.
I can speak to the silent conversation that a white male will likely have under his breath after he has been passed up for a promotion in favor of a “person of color” or “other gender” or “sexual preference” who scores lower on tests and is less qualified.
I have experienced this.
This kind of “white male need not apply” attitude is prevalent in fire departments, police departments and schools. An unfortunate byproduct of this practice is that legitimate, fully eligible, well-qualified applicants of color are ultimately looked upon by whites as being “affirmative actioned in,” even when they really deserve to be hired.
Almost daily since the 1980s, America has endured the temper tantrums and tirades of activists such as the Revs. Al Sharpton, Jeremiah White and Jessie Jackson and a whole bucket full of so-called “civil rights” activists who have successfully turned their allegations of “hate” into an industry. These African-American doomsayers seem less concerned with the interests of black Americans than with perpetuating a need for their own services.
There once was a time and a place for this behavior, but it has now passed. Americans proved last November that they are done with it.
While there will always be more work to be done, the invented, blown-out-of-proportion peddling of every conceivable offense to the American public has worn thin. It’s time for black America to fire the NAACP, stop the frivolous, predatory lawsuits and the incendiary accusations and stop the efforts of black activists to systematically dismantle the work that all of America has accomplished.
And please, somebody tell Eric Holder that he’s black and head of the justice department.
• Richard E. Mizer is a 16-year Tracy resident and local real estate agent.