Why hasn’t Susan Rice run for office?

[RICE] I thought that I was going to go to
law school and be a public interest lawyer. Civil rights, human rights, something like
that. And I also had interest in, going back to
the age of 10, having been born and raised in Washington D.C. and– [SMITH] Company town. [RICE] Company town. I thought, maybe I’d want to run for office,
like the Senate or something. But, Washington D.C. doesn’t have any voting
representation. [SMITH] Correct. [RICE] Hasn’t had ever. So, that was a bit of a challenge. But, the bigger challenge was that I realized,
really when I was in Oxford, that I just didn’t think, at least at that stage of my life,
that I had the patience, the temperament to beg people for money. And to really compromise about the things
that I cared about. Now I’m older and wiser and I still don’t
want to raise money, but I would compromise– -for the right purpose. [SMITH] Did you think at that time, I’m so
interested in the the family through line in this book, but also, the race through line
in this book. And you look at at what both your parents
accomplished in a time when it was so much more difficult for African Americans to be
in those circles and in those situations. Did you think to yourself that race would
be an obstacle when you were in college or going out of college, in terms of the things
you ultimately wanted to do? [RICE] Well, I knew it was going to be a challenge,
absolutely. It still is for people like me, but less and
less so, hopefully. And what my parents taught me was that you
know, you’re going to encounter prejudice and bigotry but understand that bigotry comes
from the insecurity of the bigot. [SMITH] Of other people, right. [RICE] And you have a choice. You can either, it’s very hard choice to affect,
but, you can either let that bigot’s definition of your self-worth become your own. Or you can have your own definition of your
self-worth. And my parents taught me from an early age
to believe in myself and to do my best, and to not let other people define me, for me. My dad used to have a saying about race which
is, “If my being black is gonna be a problem, “it’s going to be a problem for somebody else. “not for me.” [SMITH] It’s a thing to remember in a time
when the virus has been let out of the test tube, of late. [RICE] Yes, indeed.

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