Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that there aren’t enough black Americans in the State Department.
During a keynote address at the Conference of the White House Initiative on National Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Rice said:
“I have lamented that I can go into a meeting at the Department of State – and as a matter of fact I can go into a whole day of meetings at the Department of State – and actually rarely see somebody who looks like me. And that is just not acceptable.”
She went on to describe her story of success, saying, “Like many African-Americans who were fortunate enough to have the benefits of education and all the access that I have had, my story starts with parents and aunts and uncles, and indeed in my case a grandparent, who got their start at historically black colleges.”
Rice is proud of alliances forged between the federal government and black academic institutions saying, “It’s good for the students, but it is good for America, too.” Still, she wants to see more. Her desire to see “black Americans involved in the promotion and development of our foreign policy,” seemed especially timely considering the upcoming election and the nomination of the first Black man to a major party ticket.