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Reply to "On Condoleeza Rice & the Troubling Way We Define "Being Black"?"

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Originally posted by Isome:
Her black skin doesn't negate the damage she's done by lying about "mushroom clouds", nor the veiled threats she makes to other countries in her diplomatic-speak. Role model? Not her!


Your right - it doesn't. But, this is the price we as a people pay for participating in a body politic that is inherently corrupt - since the beginning of time. But, as our growing Black political class shows, we are participating. Question is, of course: at what cost? Regardless of your color, your nationality, your class, your party affiliation or where you are from, compromises will be made, principles shattered when you choose to take a similar route. Rice, obviously, has made difficult choices - whether they are bad or good choices depends on days of endless debate and generations of perspective. But, since the beginning of our political participation in this country, every African American (Democrat, Republican, Independent or "None of the Above") has been put in the position of making extremely difficult choices.

And, do you not think a Black Mayor, Black Member of Congress or a Black Senator (or, perhaps, a Black President) won't make or have not made less difficult or troubling choices/votes in policy? Not excusing Secretary Rice, but this is what we signed on for. This is the next level our ancestors bled, sweat and died for. In her case, she is an appointment, so she has now chosen to serve at the pleasure of who appointed her. Up until very recent in our collective history, we barely had the right to vote, much less even imagine 9,000 African American elected officials on the state, local and federal level.

This may not be so much an absolute issue of one's color or background since, ultimately, that's all relative once differing perspectives and experiences enter the picture. But, it is a question of how we are going to cope with our assumptions about group authenticity suddenly juxtaposed against who we are as individual human beings.
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