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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.

"Though the nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder said.

"Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race."

Most black people likely agree with that statement, while a lot of white people likely disagree.

Holder called on us to "respect one another" and to use Black History Month to "learn more about each other."

Before people get hung up on "coward," think about the times you've been misunderstood when it comes to race issues. It is easier to avoid the topic altogether.

Holder isn't putting us down.

He's asking us to have courage.

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