Early on in the Obama presidency, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told the American people that we are cowards if we refuse to engage in serious discussions about race. I think most Americans want that discussion, especially in light of the fact that the Internal Revenue Service is targeting conservative groups, most of whom happen to be white.
Ironically, Mr. Holder doesn't want this discussion to be about race or anything else he perceives to be controversial. His recent testimony before Congress was shameful and devoid of any substance. His lack of knowledge regarding the goings-on within his own organization is chilling and has harmed his credibility as a competent public servant.
My question to Mr. Holder is this: When can we begin those discussions on some of the issues of the day, such as race relations and what this administration seems to be doing to drive a wedge between the races, political parties and people with conflicting ideological views? America is waiting, but I suspect that the cowardly behavior Mr. Holder referred to resides solely in his own mind.
ROB LEE WEINHOLD
Dale City, Va.
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