Quote Of The Day

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Condoleezza, History, Race

“Black Americans were a founding population. Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding. That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today.”
- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice putting race in a historical perspective.

Here’s more from Wash Times:

Race has become an issue in this year’s presidential campaign, which prompted a much-discussed speech last week by Sen. Barack Obama, one of the two remaining contenders for the Democratic nomination.

Miss Rice declined to comment on the campaign, saying only that it was “important” that Mr. Obama “gave it for a whole host of reasons.” [...]

“America doesn’t have an easy time dealing with race,” Miss Rice said, adding that members of her family have “endured terrible humiliations.”

“What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn’t love and have faith in them — and that’s our legacy,” she said.

Very well said.

Maybe some on the right who’ve been criticizing Obama for his speech will back down a bit after these comments from one of their own?

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8 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”

  1. TerenceC Says:

    Maybe those same people on the right will draft Rice for McCains VP slot?

  2. Elisabetta Says:

    Noticeable is the absence of comments by Secretary of State Rice on the controversy created by Barack’s longtime minister, friend and mentor.

    I doubt Ms. Rice is the kind of person that would sit in a church for 20 years to hear her country been torn apart. Her own words express that view:

    “…black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn’t love and have faith in them — and that’s our legacy.”

  3. TerenceC Says:


    Your right – Secretary Rice is the type of person who says nothing while thousands die. She’s in a position to do something and does absolutely nothing……she hasn’t closed one deal throughout her entire tenure…..not one!

  4. John Says:


    Don’t you think, that if I really wanted to, over all the years and sermons, I could find some pretty shitty things that someone like, say Billy Graham has said. They might not be expressively anti-american, but anti-gay and immigrant for certain. And I imagine, he has said some pretty shitty things behind closed doors regarding race, but I can’t prove it, so let’s just stick with gays and immigrants. Are you willing to say that Bush should disassociate himself from graham, given the ignorant things he has said over the past 40 years? Black evangelicals are often expressive of the trials of their past, and during their trials they were oppressed by white america, this comes out in sermons. But the Wright is respected by a great number of people and you are judging him on a few lines from a few sermons.

  5. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Well, at least it seems people are admitting that Wright’s views on America and “black liberation theology” are symptoms of a defect. I guess that means Wright is defective.

  6. Sidmore Says:

    Dr. Rice is going to get kicked out of Massa’s house thinking for herself and speaking to the pain of her people.

  7. Elisabetta Says:

    So, Terence are you saying she is not good for the VIP’s spot except for her blackness and that would passify those that believe ‘color’ trumps qualifications?

    Both Barack and Clinton are a bad pick and not because of their gender or race. Let’s say their ideas are *extremely* lefty.

    Yeah, John, let’s not get off in a tangent and I’ll comment on this:
    “But the Wright is respected by a great number of people and you are judging him on a few lines from a few sermons.”

    A few sermons you say…Where have you been? Even Obama made it clear yesterday, on The View, that if Rev. W. had not retired he would have left the church. Was he lying?

    Since even your candidate, Barack, didn’t see it as a slip here and a slip there, but understood the reverend whole philosopical approach at reality and life “is what it is,” hateful and divisive, he is detaching from it. In fact, he even distanced himself from the “mentorship” concept. He’s come a long way from a week or so ago.

    With regard to the ‘number of people that respect him,’ even Farrakan has a following. That only proves he’s good at duping people. Rev. Wright would have been better suited as a member of the Black Panthers.

    BTW, in case it slipped your mind, many democrats have arrived at the same conclusion about Rev. Wright.

  8. TerenceC Says:

    Did I say anything about race or sex……..all I said was that she has never brought home a deal…….any deal……..so as Sec of State I think she’s no good. I try not to comment on people’s religion if possible – it’s like a marriage in my opinion…..who knows why people stay together in a relationship……..but I’ll be damned if I’ll take a side as to whether or not they stay or go, it’s none of my goddamned business….and Wright doesn’t matter – it’s just a distraction don’t fall for it.

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