My hypothetical interview with Eric Holder

NOTE : Obviously the below is fictitious (but I tend to think this is about how it would go).


jazzycmk : Mt. Attorney General, I want to thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today.

Eric Holder : Thank you, jazzy.  What publication do you represent again?

jcmk : It doesn’t matter.  But let’s get to the point.  You caused quite a stir this week referring to the US as a “nation of cowards”, at least when it comes to matters of race.

EH : I suppose, but I stand by my comments.

jcmk : OK.  Well, personally I don’t like being called a coward, so let’s talk about some race-related issues.

EH : Great.  You see, this is what we need.

jcmk : Absolutely.  So, it doesn’t seem your race has held you back, nor has it for President Obama.  For that matter, President Bush had one of the most diverse cabinets in history.  When we’re children, our parents tell us that we can grow up to be whatever we want, even the President.  Now that we’ve got an African-American President, is it time to start at least talking about the proverbial “playing field” having been leveled and rolling back Affirmative Action programs?

EH : Er……. I don’t want to comment on that, except to dispute what you said about the Bush administration, because we all know they didn’t do anything right.

jcmk : Of course.  Let’s try something else.  Years ago in a case involving the University of Michigan law school, the Supreme Court left the door open for subjective use of race in admission standards.  This seems patently unfair and discriminatory to me.  Any comment?

EH : You know, this is not what I had in mind when I said people need to talk about race.

jcmk : I see.  Don’t like that one either.  OK.  What did you think about the way the media lynched the white members of the Duke lacrosse team, especially when their accuser’s story was ultimately debunked?  Do you think she should have been prosecuted?

EH : No comment

jcmk : OK, OK.  How about this?  White, straight males are the cause of all problems, and not only should they gladly get in the back of the line but they should also be forced to pay for all sorts of entitlements and compensatory programs (reparations, etc.).

EH : Now you’re talking!  This is what I mean.  If everyone could have an attitude like that, not only would we no longer be a nation of cowards, we would be a shining example for the rest of the world to see.

jcmk : I’m sure.  OK.  Looks like we’re out of time.  Thanks so much again Mr. Holder.



And exactly who would be the coward in this case?