Condoleezza Rice Denounces Critical Race Theory On "The View"

Speaking to "The View" on Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice noted that growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama meant that she faced a lot of racism. She said that people of color shouldn't be made to feel shame about their history and White children shouldn't feel like it's their fault that racism existed before they were born.

"The way we're talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past," said Rice. "I don't think that's very productive or Black people feel disempowered by race. I would like Black kids to be completely empowered to know they are beautiful in their blackness but in order to do that, I don't have to make white kids feel bad for being White. So, somehow this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction."

"In order for Black kids — who quite frankly, for a long time the way they were portrayed, the way their history was portrayed, [were] second-class citizenship, but I don't have to make White children feel bad about being White in order to overcome the fact that Black children were" treated badly," Rice continued.

The panel noted how complex history is and it's one of many reasons why it's taught so many times because the information is given in an age-appropriate way. "Human beings aren't angels now and they weren't angels in the past," Rice said. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg agreed, noting "there's no way to hide the fact that White people owned Black people." Sunny Hostin agreed, noting that there's been a kind of rollback of history to hide such facts. "Parents don't want children to hear about the real history and when we teach children about the real history I think that's when we will really have true — true racial reconciliation." Rice said that the important part is to teach the good and the bad of history.

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