The only reason race continues to be an issue is because people like Holder continue to dwell on it. The reason we don't "talk openly about race issues" is because most of us have put it behind us... Holder obviously cannot. Look, I live in a largely caucasian population in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless, my caucasian daughter has very few close friends. Among them is a very blond girl whose father is a Russian immigrant, an adopted girl from Haiti, and two Indian girls, one born in Bangalore, and the other with parents from New Delhi. None of us in the family treat or feel any differently about any of these little girls than any other. Each bring their own very enriching cultural experiences into our home and lives. I can't speak for everybody, but I can say that I have seen very little racial prejudice in all of the areas I've lived on the West Coast. Do you still find ethnically-aligned neighborhoods and friendships? Absolutely. It is a natural tendency for all of us to relate more easily to those of similar cultural tendencies, goals, and aspirations... that in no way makes us segregated socially.