Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In this morning's Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson has a crude essay on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. He criticizes her, in essence, for being too-far removed from the black experience and for not being bitter:

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?

It's as if Rice is still cosseted in her beloved Titusville, the neighborhood of black strivers where she was raised, able to see the very different reality that other African Americans experience but not to reach out of the bubble -- not able to touch that other reality, and thus not able to really understand it.

One of the things she somehow missed was that in Titusville and other black middle-class enclaves, a guiding principle was that as you climbed, you were obliged to reach back and bring others along...In the interview, she mentioned just one black professional she has brought with her from the National Security Council to State.

I can't stand this kind of bitter, parochial claptrap. In Robinson's world, must every powerful, successful person march in lockstep with his or her ethnic group? Must every successful black figure be dismissed as a "striver" when they don't tow a given party line? What does that say about achieving a "colorblind" society?

It's all the more schitzophrenic to be attacking Rice for her perceived insults to the black community while events like this go by with barely raised eyebrow.


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