Attorney General Eric Holder created quite a stir when he said Americans have shied away from talking about racial issues:
Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we – I believe - continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards.
Holder’s statement was made during discussion of Black History Month at the Department of Justice. His remarks rankled some, but they reignited a national conversation about race - and whether or not you agree with the use of the word “coward”, new research mostly backs-up the Attorney General’s claim. It shows that white people specifically don’t like to talk about matters of race, and when they purposely avoid the issue, they come across as more racist than they probably really are.
Evan Apfelbaum led the studies. He’s a social psychologist from Tufts University, and he joins us with more.
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