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February 22, 2009 at 5:11 PM

U.S. attorney general’s comments on race

Time to get honest

I can’t believe Attorney General Eric Holder made such stupid statements about racism in this country. While it is true racism still exists, there have been many major accomplishments on this issue, including the election of President Obama.

Holder seems to assert preferences are the same as racism, which is very unrealistic. When a person prefers to sit with another person he or she is comfortable with, who happens to be of the same race or ethnic group, it is merely a preference, not racism.

I see some who just hang out with people who share their culture and this is not racism, it’s a preference.

We, as a people, should look at others and ourselves based on respect in accomplishments, educational background and how we treat one another. It’s not that we should hang out with blacks, whites, yellows or browns so we can be called a perfect society; it’s about being honest with ourselves.

It looks like Obama may have picked another wrong person to be in his cabinet. We should focus on solving our economic problems, instead of racism, when we just voted a black president in office.

–Tom Lasam, Seattle

A vomited notion

President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder recently vomited forth the notion that “in things racial … we have always been … essentially a nation of cowards.” This is outrageously offensive to anybody who honors the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who gave their lives – lives that Holder refrained from mentioning — to end slavery.

What Holder also left unmentioned is the harm that he and other leftists have caused for decades by mislabeling plenty of good-hearted people as “racists” simply for holding nonracist political views different from their own. Holder is the real coward for leaving all of this unmentioned in his disgraceful diatribe.

— Mark Kalinowski, New York, N.Y.

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