Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Condoleezza Rice running for President? Condoleezza Rice running for President?

This post is slightly modified, but was orignally written in response to a comment in a thread on Ann Althouse's blog suggesting hypocracy on the part of the party that opposes affirmative action in backing Dr. Rice for president.

I think that one answer to the point about the party opposed to affirmative action being excited about running an African American woman is that that is why it would be so effective.

Dr. Rice is not Secretary of State right now, nor was she National Security Advisor because she is Black. She got those jobs because she is good. Very good.

The reason that a lot of conservatives oppose affirmative action is that we prefer a race blind society. MLK said it well when he said: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

What a Rice nomination would say is that the Republicans (and the country if she were to win) believe in a race blind society where anyone, regardless of color, race, religion, national origin, or sex, can rise to any level, as long as they are smart and work hard enough.

I personally think that is a much better message to be sending the inner city Blacks, Hispanics, etc. than that their failure is not their own fault and that they are somehow owed something by society because of it.


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