Race is always a hot topic in this country and it’s back on the block now with comments made by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Rice has been making the rounds lately promoting her new tome, No Higher Honor. During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Rice, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, said she thought racism was something of a “birth defect” in this country’s history and one that we would never fully get over.
So I got to thinking a bit more about that. I grew up in Sacramento, California. For the most part I didn’t feel like being black held me back. But never, ever was I unaware that I was black; neither was my sister or our classmates. I’m not sure we need to be colorblind to deal with racial issues effectively; in fact, pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t seem like the best of dealing with the issues at all. But what’s the answer? Sit back and watch this, the topic of today’s On Mom’s Mind.