Depending on how you view things, Condoleeza Rice’s recent statements concerning U.S.-borne racism convey the hopelessness, or plain reality, of what many American’s have been taught to believe about discrimination.

As a guest on a special Thanksgiving edition of “Face the Nation,” the former Secretary of State shared her views on racial equality, or lack thereof. “We have a black president. We’ve had two black secretaries of state. We have black CEOs. Obviously African Americans are pushing way into territories that, probably, my grandparents would never have thought possible,” she said. Regardless, she admits that although it seems our fair country has “gotten to a place [where] race is not the limiting factor that it once was,” she expressed, “we’re never going to erase race as a factor in American life.”

“It is a birth defect with which this country was born out of slavery; we’re never really going to be race blind,” Rice explained. “I think it goes back to whether or not race and class – that is, race and poverty – is not becoming even more of a constraint,” she said. “Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids. And I do think that race and poverty is still a terrible witch’s brew.”

Rice added a critical value imparted to her by her family to cope with the severe oppression she faced as a child, “My family had to persevere under those circumstances to educate all of us, and to insist that we might not be able to control our circumstances but we could control our response.”

Looking beyond the irony of Rice’s former role within an administration known for their blatant indifference towards the Black community, her comments ring true to many Americans of varying shades. Are we hearing a sense of hopelessness, a lack of vision, or fundamental reality? Just because many of us cannot fathom a “color blind” society, does that actually mean that true equality for Black folks in this country is nothing more than a pipe dream?

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  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I wonder if people even listened to (or read) what she actually said. She never said being racist was genetic, she said “this country” was born on racism and it will never go away. I am in an optimistic mood so I hope she is wrong.

    As for all the yakking about her role in the Bush administration and the mistruths and half-truths of how black people fared in that administration, y’all need to stop. The worst administration for black people in recent history is the one currently in office. In every metric possible, black people are worse off today than they were 10 or even 20 years ago. This blind devotion to democrats is getting us no where.

    Bush did more for dark skin people globally than Clinton and Obama, so far, combined. Obama doesn’t need to do anything at all, no matter what he does or doesn’t do, he is officially our pied piper.

    • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

      Just to clarify, I used ‘dark’ skin to denote black. I was trying to differentiate from brown skin people or those from the middle east. I know a lot of black people are also brown in skin tone so I couldn’t find the right adjective.

    • Timcampi

      “She never said being racist was genetic, she said “this country” was born on racism and it will never go away.”

      My problem is the “never go away” part. I understand she didn’t say racism is genetic, but she implies it’s impossible to diminish because racism is some how inherent in the way this country is run. Racism is a human flaw and nothing else. Saying this country was founded on racism is like saying the ocean has a lot of water. Every society has systems set in place to diminish the value of those who do not fit the criteria of those in power/in the majority. Bigotry is a human flaw. A flaw that I hope can be fixed with measures I elaborated above.

      However if you talk to me about economics and education I’d be more pessimistic lol. I agree with the rest of your statements.

  • She is truly one of the most intriguing, and mindboggling, people in the world.

    I disagree with her on many counts. I can’t believe her role in and support of the Bush Admin, but I am happy she spoke up about this. And I’ll continue to look up to her as a strong, successful black woman.

  • hater girl

    oh please! Rice passedd a type of torture called waterboarding, and she’s pro-choice. what kind of person aproves of torture?!

  • Socially Maladjusted


    I’m surprised this woman has time to comment on race issues, I would’ve thought she’d be too busy in her new career of washing all the blood off her hands.