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Reaction to Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech for Black History Month, his assertion that we are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues, and differing views on what we should be talking about when it comes to race.
- Abigail Thernstrom vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; co-author with her husband, historian Stephan Thernstrom, of "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" and "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible." She has a forthcoming book, "Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections."
- Rinku Sen president and executive director of the Applied Research Center; publisher of "ColorLines" magazine; co-author, with Fekkak Mamdouh, of "The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization"
- Robert Woodson founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; author, "The Triumphs of Joseph: How Community Healers are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods"
- John Payton director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; lead counsel for the University of Michigan's successful defense of its use of race in the admissions process in two 2003 Supreme Court cases
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