An Open Letter To Attorney General Eric Holder
Dear AG Holder:
I can’t tell you how I welcomed your brave words that now was the time to cast off the shackles of both repression and oppression and speak openly and frankly about what you called ‘race.’ While I thought you were sincere I openly and wholeheartedly applauded your brave stand.
I wrote with new confidence and a bounce to my step trying to understand and expound on the racial problems confounding our globe. For you see I no longer see myself as an American in a parochial sense but as a global citizen as much African or Asian as I am European with the concerns of all my fellow men in mind. Like you I want the best for the global community.
One world, one dream.
But the path to that one world is multi-farious and the dream multi-faceted. While Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas may share the ideal of one world the means of achieving that dream are many. A paradox I know but not doublespeak. In this country we call it multi-cultural diversity as I’m sure that you are aware.
In that magnanimous and open spirit I wrote a scholarly essay titled Tarzan Over Africa. The title was immediately censored. Why such an innocuous title should cause you to censor it is beyond me. As you may be aware Tarzan is the greatest of cultural heroes to we of the pale complexion. He is ten times more important to us than your Zulu Chief Shaka or your Shona chief Mugabe is to you of a darker hue. God has created us all in a wondrous rainbow of colors, hasn’t he?
Still, do not mess with Tarzan, Sir. You have grossly offended the European culture and in its name I demand an apology and a retraction of your censorship.
I demand, Sir, that you remove your ban from the title now.
As you know, Sir, from your command post in Washington DC we of the European culture have borne a great deal of insult and injury from various cultural bigots patiently to this point but bear in mind that great social upheavals arise from seeming trifles. Tarzan is our God, Sir, he is our audacious Hope!
You can mess with Rohan, you can mess with Mike King but you don’t mess with Tarzan. He is ours.
So relax your censorship, Sir, and let’s get on with this racial dialogue you propose. In any open free discussion you should not be surprised if opinions are expressed that are contrary to your own. That is what a dialogue is about. If you have any opinions about Tarzan or anything any culture may cherish feel free to express them, we encourage it, it is in our genes, but we will not tolerate censorship or muzzling.
Be true to the ideals you have sworn to uphold, Sir.
And if you weren’t sincere when you swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America more than shame on you. God’s going to get you.