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Condi Rice on Dem Racism Charges: "I Find It Insulting As A Republican Black Woman From The South"

DR. CONDOLEEZZA RICE, FMR. SECRETARY OF STATE: We’re not race blind. Of course we have racial tensions. The United States has made enormous progress in race relations and it is the best place on earth to be a minority. The idea that you would play such a card and try fear mongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans, that they’re somehow all racist – I find it appalling, I find it insulting and as a Republican black woman from the south – I would say really? Is that really the argument you’re going to make in 2014?

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RICE: First of all, does it mean you’re not acting black if you speak well and are interested in progress? What are we doing to our kids if we tell them their ethnic identity has to make them unsuccessful? That to me is a racist thing to say. I’ve been asked many times myself and I say, I’ve been black all my life, you don’t have to tell me how to be black. In my mind, the greatest thing about the US is you can be of any color, ethnic group, nationality, religion and you can have dreams and aspirations that are your own and pursue them. That’s what this country is all about

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