Eric Holder: ‘Subtle’ Racism More Dangerous Than People Like Sterling

Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the commencement address at Morgan State University today, and during his speech he talked about racism in modern America, specifically about how more “subtle” racism is a much bigger problem than the outrageous ramblings of people like Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy.

Holder did not directly bring up the controversial remarks by both men, but brought up comments that “received substantial media coverage” in the past few weeks. The attorney general said that in order to address serious race issues in the United States, we can’t get distracted by “outlandish statements that capture national attention.”

“These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done,” Holder said. “The greatest threats are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.”

Holder was speaking today on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. He previously addressed race addressing Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, intimating that race may have to do with the treatment he gets by Congress.

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