Condoleezza Rice is Not Qualified to Speak on Civil Rights 

by Mel Reeves

Faculty and student groups a the University of Minnesota insulted history and Black America, last month, inviting Condoleezza Rice to speak on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Rice and her immediate family rejected that Movement. “She is not a beacon of the Civil Rights Movement but, rather, an embarrassment.”


Condoleezza Rice is Not Qualified to Speak on Civil Rights 

by Mel Reeves

Protesters forced former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to withdraw from a commencement address at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, this week. However, demonstrators were unable to prevent Rice from speaking to a University of Minnesota audience, three weeks ago. The author was among the opposition.

All the hard work in the world would not have opened the doors for Rice if there had not been a Movement.”

There are myriad reasons why Condoleezza Rice was a bad choice to speak at the University of Minnesota on “Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” 

The first is that it would be downright hypocritical. Rice is not an expert on Civil Rights, in fact, her life and her career are all a reflection of her disdain for civil rights. Rice, nor her family believed in the efficacy of the struggle for the rights of black people to be free of Jim Crow racism in the United States. And her record as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State from 2001-2008 in the Bush Administration indicates that she is not qualified to talk about “rights” human or civil. She spent her entire career in Washington dedicated to separating so-called enemies of the US from their civil and human rights.

According to Rice, the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t necessary, legal segregation (Jim Crow) would have worked itself out and ended on its own, or collapsed under its own weight.

In a Washington Post interview years ago she said, “I felt that segregation had become not just a real moral problem, but it had become a real pain in the neck for some [white] people, People had begun to make their own little accommodations." Really, Dr. Rice? White southerners, out of the kindness of their hearts, were going to give up the political, economic, and social advantages that Jim Crow segregation had granted them? Her statement recalls what we in the black community used to call “educated fools.” Clearly Rice, who grew up in Birmingham in the middle of the Civil Rights struggle, has a revisionist idea of those times. 

According to Rice, the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t necessary.”

Condoleezza has bragged that her family didn’t march because her father didn’t think he could turn the other cheek. But that’s a poor excuse, because not all of the marches called for direct confrontation with authority. The Rice family could have gotten involved in the Movement, but they chose to sit it out.

I think the truth is, her dad and her family thought they were above marching, like many other black middle class folks who sat out the movement, but didn’t hesitate to walk through the doors opened by people they looked down on. Her father Rev. Rice, the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Birmingham, disparaged civil rights leader and fellow preacher Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth’s efforts, calling him “misguided” and his congregation “uneducated.”

The Rices were from the black bourgeoisie, a class that on some level benefitted from segregated society; they were “somebody” in their apartheid circles. They had acquired education and a few dollars and had a certain measure of comfort with White Supremacy and, unlike their more working class brethren, were somewhat shielded from the economic blows of Jim Crow segregation.

Yet, ironically, while Rice’s family sat out the protests, their daughter directly benefited from them. All the hard work in the world would not have opened the doors for Rice if there had not been a Movement of brave folks, who did have the courage to turn the other cheek for the bigger prize.

But she has had the nerve to say publicly that “she should have made it” no matter the obstacles. She has been quoted saying, “My family is third-generation college-educated, I should've gotten to where I am." Clearly this fits the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” philosophy that has made her a darling among the enemies of black progress, namely conservatism.

Three cheers for the sister who took the South’s bowel movements and made fertilizer all by herself!

But as a columnist said in a Huff Post article about 10 years ago, “We will never know where she ‘would’ have ended up, if there had been no Rosa Parks, no Dr. King, no Southern Christian Leadership Council, and no March on Washington….”

Her father disparaged civil rights leader and fellow preacher Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth’s efforts, calling him “misguided” and his congregation “uneducated.”

Of course the other way to assure that doors would be open is to do the bidding of US Imperialism, which Rice served so well in her former posts as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State.

The truth is, she is not a beacon of the Civil Rights Movement but, rather, an embarrassment. She became an apologist and supporter of unjust war, directly responsible for the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the war on Iraq. She was also an apologist for torture, becoming one of the first White House officials to go on record supporting any form of torture. Don’t take my word for it look it up, it’s in the record.

And by the way, she has done nothing to enhance the civil rights or careers of fellow African Americans, but has simply enhanced her own career. And accepting $150,000 to speak on a subject and a movement she philosophically disagrees with makes her a pimp.

The truth is she has behaved worse than a common criminal.

Most well raised children have sense enough to apologize when they have done wrong – and she has done plenty wrong – but she hasn’t shown an ounce of remorse. She has no guilt and no shame. Rice won’t even admit that she was wrong to give the ok to torture or wrong to invade a country and kill and destroy and wreak havoc on false pretenses (for oil).

Pray tell what does this woman have to add to a discussion about rights? If she had any decency she would have turned down the invitation! 

Mel Reeves is a veteran journalist and activist living in Minneapolis. He can be contacted at mellaneous19(at)


Ms. Rice

The U of MN serves up a long history of extremely conservative social theory. It seemed they may have been improving a bit in the late 2,000s; however, they tend to conform with the times, which is why they will never be able to compete with a solid east coast or west coast education.

I am not certain of this (perhaps someone can verify or not); however, I believe that Teach for America has recently made significant inroads there.

Such a schizophrenic culture, a case in point of contemporary 'banality of evil.' Thank you for writing this. I didn't know that they brought her in for this occasion. 

Yeah You've made your point alright, Your Idea of 'Integration'-

Is to come here to BAR, a progressive Black Web site & Constantly Insult Black People w [not so] subtly racist innuendo. 

Folks like you & your 'Good Ole Boy' ilk taunt Black people by ranting about Black Families being destroyed after centuries of ya'll implementing a system that's effectively destroyed Black families- IE: chattel slavery, to the Old Jim Crow, to the present New Jim Crow. 

Folks like you & your 'Goood Ole Boy' ilk taunt Black people by ranting about Blacks don't work after ya'll [or at-least really rich white corp capitalist elites] have shipped jobs over seas whole-sale, & made sure Blacks were/are systematically locked out of living wage work.

Folks like you & your 'Good Ole Boy' ilk taunt Black people by ranting that Blacks are ignorant, after ya'll have implemented a school system that made / makes sure of  'the Mis-Education of the Negro'. And when Blacks do graduate from high school, you & your ilk implement rules that block access to ya'll's bourgeois / elitist / lily white college campuses [except for sports, ya'll got no problems w having nearly all Black elite sport-teams on nearly all lily-white campuses]- even when they're state colleges that legally are supposed to have open access to all.  

You & your 'Good ole Boy' ilk rant & rave on & on about Affirmative-Action & welfare progs, even though it appears these progs were really originally set-up to mainly benefit white-women [its only when Blacks were cut in on the deal during the late 1960s & 70s that folks like you & your 'Good Ole Boy'  ilk started disparaging welfare moms = Black moms]

So yeah you've made your point- you don't much like nor respect 'Negroes' [or do you really want to say 'nigras' like your hero Clive {the jive-ass} Bundy who thinks slavery should have NEVER ended- cause 'nigras' had plenty work pickin cotton on massa's slave plantation]- But Hey Maybe The Feeling's Mutual! So now mosey along back to FOX Noise / KKK type web-sites where you belong!!! And you can take the likes of Condi Rice & Uncle Judge C.Thomas w you!!!

white ignorance and complete stupidity

It is people like you that prevent your race from coming out of the caves you live in, evolve to a human being and join the real human race. Cave man may you live in ignorance and stupidity forever.

FYI: America Wouldn't even Exist Absent the Great Slave Trade

where White Slavers kidnapped Africans in mass into slavery along w the Extermination of Native American Civilization in likely the biggest land theft in the history of the Planet- DUHH!!!

FYI: White Europeans had just come out of the 'Dark Ages' in 1492, which is why most of them thought the World was flat [FYI: most ancient African & Asian cultures knew the World was a globe centuries before Columbus], & Columbus was so ignorant he thought Hispanolia was India, which was in fact half way around the globe & yet was so arrogant that he misnamed the Native peoples 'Indians', which most so-called 'educated' whites still call the true Indigenous peoples of the land 'Indians' to theis very day [how do you think you 'discovered' 'Indians' in 1492 when Alexander the Greek encountered India & Indian culture nearly 2000yrs before anyone even heard of Columbus].

So Lets see who the real 'Menance 2 Society' has been for over the last +500 yrs & counting: The Great Slave Trade plus the near Extermination of the Native Americans left 75 - 100 million [or even more] Dead. - WWI & WWII [due to white folks squabbling over which white folks would be the World's new 'Massa'] slaughtered 80 - 100 million in a combined total of just 13 yrs of warfare! Thus during WWI & WWII [mainly] white folks Killed more people than all other wars in the history of the Planet COMBINED!!! Yet somehow you & your 'Good Ole {white}Boy' ilk, using racist pretzel-logic, claim Black people [the original people of the Earth & the first people to even create civilization- before white people even existed as 'real' people] are the ones who are the real Menace to Civilization- WOW!!! Racism & white-supremacy has made so many of ya'll real arrogant, ignorant & STUPID!!!


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