Quote Of The Day

“But I also hope that around the world it’s noted that on matters of race, the United States is about 100 percent ahead of any place else in the world in issues of race. And I say that absolutely fundamentally. You go to any other meeting around the world and show me the kind of diversity that you see in America’s cabinet, in America’s Foreign Service, in America’s business community, in America’s journalistic community. Show me that kind of diversity any place else in the world, and I’m prepared to be lectured about race. “. —Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview Monday (9/12/05) with the editorial board of The New York Times

3 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”


  • HP,
    Race cuts much deeper than the racial make up of your cabinet. As you and I know, political appointees can be cosmetic as well… In other words, to give the appearance that Race issues are an important matter in the particulair administration. A more telling indicator of how far we have advanced in “race terms” would be a look at our congress…Specifically our Senate. How many “Brown,Yellow, Black”–or Non-White as some would say, do we see there? What do you think?

    G

  • Gerardo,

    I agree with what you say, but, IMO, Condi Rice was saying something different. She didn’t just use the cabinet as an example, but also, “in America’s Foreign Service, in America’s business community, in America’s journalistic community”. Do you know of any other country that has our diversity in its Foreign Service? Or in its business community? Or in its journalistic community? Just take the new CEO of Sears as one recent example.

    Of course we can do more, I have no doubt that Condi Rice would also agree with that, but she was saying in comparison to other countries we are doing the most. Racism, and lack of diversity in the top levels of the country, is something much more problematic in other countries, in other parts of the world. To have another country lecture us on diversity would be like having Cuba, a country with a dismal human rights record, lecture us on human rights.

    But I agree with you in the sense that we are nowhere near done. A lot more needs to be done, and the diversity of congress, especially the senate, is just one big example of that.

  • Gerado quote: “…Specifically our Senate. How many “Brown,Yellow, Black”–or Non-White as some would say, do we see there? What do you think?…”

    are you saying only brown represents brown or yellow to yellow, etc..? So you’re suggesting we discriminate based on skin-color. I really, really do believe that we should judge “by the content of their character” and the power of their ideas. E Pluribus Unum!

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