Posted by bmac on March 29, 2008
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national “birth defect” that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country’s very founding.
Argghhh. “Birth Defect.” Hey America, you were born with a birth defect! Every 4th of July, we’re celebrating the defective birth of our country! Yay! Oh please Condi, tell us more about how badly this country started!
“Black Americans were a founding population,” she said. “Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding.”
And don’t you ever forget it!
As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, “descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that.”
Hey, you know who else didn’t get much of a head start? Lot’s and lot’s of poor white people, like say, oh, I don’t know, ummm……the Irish? How about Asians? Things weren’t exactly rosy for them either. Maybe a whole lot of English folks who came here with nothing? Uhhh…..some Polish perhaps? French, Danish, Germans, Italians, many of whom did not even speak English when they got here? Jews seem to get a pretty raw deal too, in case you haven’t heard.
Racism has never been the sole property of blacks, it has belonged to everyone at one time or another.
This “defective birth” of a country has been a bastion of tolerance and acceptance for every single race and creed that ever showed up here, and granted, it doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. More-so than any other “non-defective” country on Earth.
You know what needs to stop? This constant re-hashing of something none of us can do a damn thing about, or had anything to do with. You want us to feel guilty? We do. Trust me, we do. How much guilt is enough? Is there a cutoff? Because I’d like to know. Talking about the founding of our country as if it were an aberration doesn’t help anything. It can only hurt.
Once again, someone in the Bush administration let’s me down. I guess I had the vague notion Condi would be above this kind of petty dialogue, but I guess I was wrong.
I’m especially surprised to hear this from her, considering how much crap she’s taken from the left for being an “Aunt Tom.”
Bonus! Not one cuss word in this whole post!