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For some, the politics of race trumps all other forms of politics when it comes to choosing who is going to lead the nation. This rule may apply whether you’re referring to Republicans who can’t stand President Obama for being black or for those who support all of the president’s policies because they feel he is one of them.
The possible appointment of Susan Rice as Secretary of State has reignited strong racial conversation, with both sides either attacking or defending her with reckless abandon. One group, “The Black Women’s Political Action” group is trying to get support from the public for Rice’s appointment. Rice has been under attack since the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and has been stuck in the cross-hairs of the Republican Party ever since.
Ambassador Susan Rice has been criticized by Republicans for providing incorrect information in the wake of the attack, which killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Rice appeared on several major talk shows on Sept. 16 and, according to The New York Times, used information provided by the CIA to say that the attacks were a “spontaneous reaction” to an anti-Muslim video which had surfaced on the Internet. Subsequent analysis of the attack found that the assault appeared to have been premeditated, putting Rice at the center of what critics said was an attempt by the White House to mislead the public.
“Once again, we find ourselves in the position to stand boldly against the forces in our government that would challenge the impeccable credentials of one of the most outstanding, qualified leaders in foreign policy in our land,” Dezie Woods-Jones, California state president of the BWOPA said in a statement. “Ambassador Rice—who has demonstrated throughout her career in both the public and private sector her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people—should be honored for her dedication and service and not summarily dismissed by those that seek political gain.”