Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticised proponents of Critical Race Theory Wednesday, declaring that "this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction."
Appearing on The View, Rice, now the Director of the Hoover Institution, addressed CRT following the Biden administration's apparent desire to punish parents who stand up against it being taught to their children in schools.
"If I could take a moment to talk about the whole issue of Critical Race Theory and what is, and is not being taught, I come out of an academic institution, and this is something that academics debate. What is the role of race and so forth?" Rice said.
She continued, "let me be very clear; I grew up in segregated, Birmingham, Alabama. I couldn't go to a movie theater, or to a restaurant with my parents. I went to segregated schools till we moved to Denver. 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.' And that's the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids."
"One of the worries that I have about the way that 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," Rice further emphasised.
"I don't think that's very productive," she then declared, adding "Or black people have to feel disempowered by race. 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. So somehow, this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction."