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Tuesday, October 25, 2005


The Enigma of Condoleezza Rice

It is Blind Ambition, Not Color Blindness
Eugene Robinson" in his column in the Washington Post "What Rice Can't See" asks "How did she come to a worldview so radically different from that of most black Americans? Is she blind, is she in denial, is she confused -- or what?". Perhaps there is a more simple explanation--she is driven by ambition and in her world there is no place for anything else. Somewhere along the way she left Titusville and hitched her star to conservative Republicanism. Over the years, as her party turned more and more to the right, she moved lockstep with it and cultivated those who were in positions of power. The strategy paid off for her. She has been well rewarded. She is not going to risk losing it all by getting involved with rights and needs of blacks.

Unfortunately some blacks that came up in the era of the Civil Rights Movement believed that the true measure of success was to be as close to white as possible. That way you would be treated with less contempt. It seems to me that she has mastered that.
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