“Black Americans were a founding population. Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together â€” 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.
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 â€” 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?