Condoleeza Rice Challenges CRT in ABC Show Guesting


CRT not Feasible

CRT is changing not just the curriculum being taught in schools, but also changes American education to focus on the main tenet of race. However, the first female, African-American Secretary of State disagrees that that is either feasible, good, or both.

In a guest appearance at ABC’s ‘The View’, Rice shared her sentiments about the controversial curriculum.

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“I have no problem with letting people know what happened, but let’s remember history is complex. Human beings aren’t angels now and they weren’t angels in the past,” Rice said. “And so how we teach about our history is also important.”

“I would like Black kids to be 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 for being White,” she added.

In the show, the hosts challenged the point of view of Rice. Speaking about the need to empower African-American kids without imputing guilt to the rest, the hosts responded, ‘How does that happen?’

Growing up Empowered

She speaks not only as a successful professional and public servant, but as a child who grew up with strong parental support. She shares how her parents taught her to be confident, strong, and goal-oriented.

“My parents never thought I was going to grow up in a world without prejudice, but they also told me, ‘That’s somebody else’s problem, not yours. You’re going to overcome it and you are going to be anything you want to be,'” Rice shared. “That’s the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids.”

Rice is not only a former Secretary of State, but also a musician who played the piano during diplomatic events. She is a published writer and teacher as well. To understand the complexity of her views, consider her Jay Leno interview in 2009. She admitted to Leno that Led Zeppelin is her favorite band of all-time. 

Learning from History

She states that how we teach history is essential to education. For her, the curriculum is ‘unproductive’ and is a public conversation that has gone a wrong turn. As a result, it veers away from how people approach their own ability to make a productive future.

Meanwhile, the show hosts disagree. Sunny Hostin claims in the show that parents are trying to hide history, which Rice contends is not true.

In reality, education starts in the family, and this shows in the growing number of parents who consider to homeschool their children. What CRT proponents miss, which Rice exemplifies, is that history begins with the family, too. Even disadvantaged children who were raised by parents well can change the trajectory of his life, or even that of a nation, as her life story shows.  

Reactions to CRT

Terry McAuliffe claims that critical race theory has "never been taught in Virginia [schools]." But in 2015, when he was last governor, his Department of Education instructed public schools to "embrace critical race theory" in order to "re-engineer attitudes and belief systems.

Ladies and gentlement we have done it again: Critical Race Theory is trending on a random thrusday. We are forcing the debate and making them explain their ideas to the people so they can see what's going on in our institutions and in education...and the people are rejecting it.

Whatever else you think of Condoleezza Rice, she understands something fundamental and true about the American idea, and she articulates it succinctly and beautifully here.

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