Condoleezza Rice Weighs In On Critical Race Theory Debate


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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped by The View on Thursday (October 21) to weigh in on the highly-watched Virginia governor's race and one of its key debate subjects: teaching critical race theory in schools.

Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, had this to say on the matter:

"One of the worries that I have about the ways 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... Or Black people feel disempowered by race.
I would like Black kids completely empowered to know that they are beautiful in their Blackness but in order to do that I don't have to make white kids feel bad about being white."

Teaching America's racist history hit a nerve with conservative lawmakers in the last year, spurring in part from the racial reckoning the country had following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others.

The Covid-19 pandemic, too, exposed generations of inequality built upon the nation's enslavement of African people, leading to public discourse on the centuries-long battles oppressed groups have fought and continue to fight.

Critical race theory has been targeted by conservative lawmakers across the country as a result.

Some states, including Texas have banned it from schools and fired a Black principal after accusing him of promoting critical race theory ideals.

In her appearance on the show, Rice also said it was "time to move on" from the January 6 insurrection, prompting a swift response from Twitter.

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