--Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, Director, Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut and author of Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (The Johns Hopkins University Press), 2004 and Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap (University Press of Kansas), 2007.
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently made quite candid remarks that race still matters today. Below are quotes taken from the Washington Times article.
“descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that. That particular birth defect [during the founding of the United States] makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today.”
“[Race is] a paradox and contradiction in this country, [which] we still haven't resolved.”
“[Race] continues to have effects [on public discussions and] the deepest thoughts that people hold.”
“America doesn't have an easy time dealing with race. [Members of my family have] endured terrible humiliations.”
“What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn't love and have faith in them — and that's our legacy.”
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