Lou Dobbs: “The Fact is Most Americans Don’t Have a Problem Talking About Race.”

by Racialicious Special Correspondent Latoya Peterson

Apparently, Condoleezza shocked the hell out of people by reminding them that she was black.

For those of you who missed it, here’s the text of what she said in response to Barack Obama’s speech on race:

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.

“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.”

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.”

“That particular birth defect 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,” she said.

Condi pulled out the racial big Joker! Oh snap!

Now, I don’t have a lot of love for Condoleeza Rice’s politics at all. But I have to admit, I smiled a little bit when I saw that quote.

And then came Lou Dobbs, fucking up my day:

(No, I am not even touching the “cotton-picking” comment. I’m still blown away at the fact that he feels like he can challenge Condoleeza on something he has never personally experienced.)

One Drop over at Too Sense points out what Dobbs seems to conveniently forget:

Just a quick history note for those who are shocked by Condoleeza Rice publicly stating that America has a “birth defect” when it comes to race: Rice grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in the late 50s and 60s. One of her childhood playmates was among those four little girls who were murdered by a Klansman’s bomb in the basement of their own church. Stop and think about that: four beautiful little black girls, attending church on a Sunday morning, blown up with dynamite by a white racial terrorist.

This was not an event that Condoleeza Rice heard about on t.v., or saw in the paper. It was her personal friend torn apart by racial hatred. Rice has every right in the world to have the opinions that she does when it comes to race. To suggest that she does not, that somehow she is out of line to voice those opinions (as Dobbs did below), is simply obscene. It is an insult to the history that Rice has lived through firsthand, and a devaluation of the price that she has had to pay for America’s racial sins.

But oh no – we don’t have problems talking about race. Not here. Nope, bastion of racial harmony we have in the good ol’ USA.

If Dobbs wasn’t bad enough, Pam Spaulding spotted some people showing their asses on the Free Republic site:

Did I call it or not? You’ll recall that the denizens of the Free Republic were huge fans of Condoleezza Rice – in fact there was a draft Condi in 08 movement there. However, I was certain once she commented positively about Obama’s speech about race, the love affair would be OVER in the swamps.

And was she ever right about that! Selections from the selections Pam printed:

Ms. Rice…..your forefathers were betrayed by their brothers….and sold into slavery. The white man brought them here to help settle this country….. and God blessed you in that white men helped set them free……so you could be blessed even more……by being born to live in the greatest nation on earth….with freedom and prosperity.

She’s got bad teeth, no boobs and loves the Palestinians and other enemies of Israel and the U.S.! How could ANY patriot want Sleeza for VP?

I didn’t realize Rice was hoping to run with Obama, yet that’s how bad these comments are. This is a sad commentary. I used to respect this woman. Just dang…

Condi is another mealy mouth dufus. In pure pander mode. This is the least racist nation on the planet. Tons of affirmative action and welfare money available. If you don’t like it GTFO. Find a better place to live like Zimbabwe maybe

Maybe she should go back to Africa, where she could get a “founding” experience.

Oh yeah, no trouble at all talking about race – especially if we get to be racist!

About This Blog

Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.

Latoya Peterson (DC) is the Owner and Editor (not the Founder!) of Racialicious, Arturo García (San Diego) is the Managing Editor, Andrea Plaid (NYC) is the Associate Editor. You can email us at team@racialicious.com.

The founders of Racialicious are Carmen Sognonvi and Jen Chau. They are no longer with the blog. Carmen now runs Urban Martial Arts with her husband and blogs about local business. Jen can still be found at Swirl or on her personal blog. Please do not send them emails here, they are no longer affiliated with this blog.

Comments on this blog are moderated. Please read our comment moderation policy.

Use the "for:racialicious" tag in del.icio.us to send us tips. See here for detailed instructions.

Interested in writing for us? Check out our submissions guidelines.

Follow Us on Twitter!

Support Racialicious

The Octavia Butler Book Club

The Octavia Butler Book Club
(Click the book for the latest conversation)

Recent Comments

Feminism for Real – Jessica, Latoya, Andrea

Feminism for Real

Yes Means Yes – Latoya

Yes Means Yes

Sex Ed and Youth – Jessica

Youth and Sexual Health


Online Media Legal Network

Recent Posts

Support Racialicious

Older Archives


Written by: