Eric Holder, the nation’s first Black attorney general, told the nation what he really thinks about race relations in the United States during a Black History Month celebration and address to the Justice Department.
The attorney general told a packed crowd that he feels the United States is still “voluntarily socially segregated,”CNN.com reports.
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot,” Eric said, “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."
Eric implored all Americans to use Black History Month as a time for open discussions about race relations in the U.S., particularly about topics that are usually off-limits or uncomfortable to talk about.
He said that although most of the country mixes well at work, the weekends are a different story. "On Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not, in some ways, differ significantly from the country that existed some 50 years ago,” said Eric. “This is truly sad."
After his speech Eric avoided questions about whether his message would affect his policies.
– Sonya Eskridge