TAPPER: You’ve said we’re a nation of cowards because we don’t talk
freely and openly about race. So in that spirit, let me give it a
shot. Do you think the Arizona immigration law is racist?
HOLDER: Well, I don’t think it’s necessarily a good idea. I mean,
I think we have to understand that the immigration problem that we have,
illegal immigration problem that we have, is a national one, and a
state-by-state solution to it is not the way in which we ought to go…
TAPPER: Do you think it’s racist?
HOLDER: I don’t think it’s racist in its motivation. But I think
the concern I have is how it will be perceived and how it perhaps could
be enacted, how it could be carried out. I think we could potentially
get on a slippery slope where people will be picked on because of how
they look as opposed to what they have done, and that is I think
something that we have to try to avoid at all costs.