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Susan Rice on Civil Rights

 

 


Confident black women inadvertently intimidate certain men

Some of Rice's defenders say criticism of her no-nonsense manner smacks of sexism. In her book, Rice writes about the challenges of pushing her way upward in a man's world of high-level policymaking: "The combination--being a confident black woman who is not seeking permission or affirmation from others--I suspect accounts for why I inadvertently intimidate some people, especially certain men, and perhaps also why I have long inspired motivated detractors who simply can't deal with me."
Source: Foreign Policy magazine on 2020 Veepstakes , Jul 29, 2020

Senate blocked police reforms & new Voting Rights Act

Congress has yet again missed the moment. The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would institute carefully calibrated reforms, but it was blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate. After failure to pass a pale substitute for the House bill, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, seems eager to move on. He refuses to allow Senate consideration of a new Voting Rights Act or of funding to ensure safe voting during a raging pandemic.
Source: New York Times on 2020 Veepstakes , Jul 29, 2020

Under Obama LGBT employees treated same as co-workers

"When I started in government in the '90s, an openly gay ambassador was almost inconceivable. You couldn't even get a security clearance if you were LGBT," Rice said. "Under President Obama, LGBT federal employees and their families now enjoy the same benefits as their coworkers," she added. Rice also noted that transgender people can now obtain passports that accurately list their gender identity and serve openly in the military.
Source: NBC News on Obama Cabinet , Oct 27, 2016

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