February 22, 2009 8:00 AM

Commentary: Let's talk about race

It is not precisely true that Americans don't talk about race. We talk about race, all right. We are just really bad at it. Eric Holder, the nation's first African-American attorney general, characterized the United States as "a nation of cowards" when it comes to discussing our tortured racial history. There is, however, more to it than that.

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