Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today described American racial tensions as our nation’s “birth defect:” “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… 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.” [Washington Times]

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