By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
At the annual gathering of California Republicans in San Francisco, former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice had a message for her colleagues – a message of inclusion. Rice brought to light the issue of immigration, but it revolved around a much deeper issue – minority inclusion.
In her speech, Rice uttered the words, ‘we have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy. We cannot abandon them… We were once them.”
Even though immigration reform is dead in 2014, according to News One reporter Michael Arceneaux, it’s quite apparent that the issue of minority inclusion is far from the Republican agenda. When you have someone as powerful and knowledgeable as Rice reaching out to her political party, that has to say something about the need for transformation.
Let’s face it. Many people in the Republican Party have a stereotypical and flawed view of minorities and Paul Ryan’s comments last week at the ‘inner-city culture’ didn’t help. So many issues to deal with, what’s really the top priority.
Let’s look at a discussion about women earning equal pay.
“Cari Christman, leader of GOP PAC Redstate Women claimed in a recent interview that equal pay laws weren’t practical because we don’t believe the Lily Ledbetter Act is what’s going to solve that problem for women. We believe that women want real-world solutions to this problem, not more rhetoric. If you look at it, women are…extremely busy, we lead busy lives…And so when we look at this issue, we think, what’s practical?”
After you reflect on that comment for a moment, I want to share with you what Texas Republican Party Executive Director Beth Cubriel had to say. First, she slammed women for not being good negotiators as men as that ‘is it really fair to clog up the courts with litigation that you can take through another avenue? Men are better negotiators. And I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.’
While Condoleezza Rice is doing her best to talk about inclusivity, in a real sense, she has a steep hill to climb with many of her colleagues who are out of touch and even out to lunch about important issues.
Source: News One
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org