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Monkeys, watermelons and black people

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watermelon_white_house.jpgU.S. Attorney Eric Holder stepped on some toes when he said we need to talk more. But he was absolutely right.

Within short span, we have two examples of racial ignorance----one from the nation's largest city and another from a city that is only 2-1/4 square miles.

Attorney General Eric Holder's race speech stirs debate

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Holder_BlackHistory_02182009.jpgU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has surely given Loudmouth Limbaugh a hot topic.

In a speech Holder gave for the African-American History Month program at the Justice Department, he called Americans "cowards" with respect to race relations.

New York Post editorial causes uproar

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Despite the rhetoric that race no longer matters, two incidents involving race grabbed headlines Wednesday.

The New York Post is under siege for an ill-conceived editorial cartoon that pictured two policeman shooting a chimp. One cop says to the other:

"They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

A lot of people didn't get it, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, who complained that the cartoon by Sean Delonas is racially offensive.

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