Condoleezza Rice offers free advice on how to personally fight sexism and racism
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of the most accomplished African-American woman in the country with who, besides her political career, Rice was also the first black woman provost at Stanford University, has a Ph.D. in political science, and became the first woman to serve as the national security adviser in the administration of former president George W. Bush, according to the Independent Journal Review.
Even though the solution to the problem this country has with sexism and racism may seem elusive, Rice has proposed some useful advice to achieve your goals, saying in an interview with Motto: “don’t let somebody else’s racism or sexism be your problem.”
“The fact is life isn’t perfect and you are going to run into people who try to belittle you and put you down, and you simply have to be capable of not accepting that from them,” said Rice.
Rice believes that if you try to solve every little issue, you’ll jeopardize your chances of success. “You’re just going to raise your blood pressure and be thrown off what you’re really supposed to be focusing on.”
“To be perfectly honest, I grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, and that was macro-aggression, so I don’t really get microaggression,” Condoleezza of the way she was raised.
Condoleezza also told of the cold fact her parents told her that she, as a black woman, would have to work twice as hard to achieve her goals.
But this does not mean her parents believed her race or gender would be a setback for her ambitions. Rice’s parents’ reaction would’ve served more as a stimulus to her than a discouragement.
“They said there are no victims — the minute you think of yourself as a victim, you’ve given control of your life to someone else,” Condoleezza told Motto. “I remember specifically my father saying once it’s OK if someone doesn’t want to sit next to you because you’re black, as long as they move.”
Condoleeza has chiefly worked in male-dominated positions, suggesting that the place of work sees gender segregation once women started succeeding. Rice added that the current topics that mainly tackle the obstacles women are up aginst, “make it sound so hard that we scare women away.”