On Wednesday, Oct. 20, former Secretary of State during the Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice, criticized the Critical Race Theory (CRT) taught in American schools, arguing that in order for black children to be empowered, white children do not have to be made to feel bad.
Rice appeared on ABC’s “The View” and discussed CRT and the role of parents in their children’s education with renowned actress Whoopi Goldberg and the rest of the hosts.
“I’m not certain seven-year-olds need to learn it,” said the former Secretary of State, about CRT.
Co-host Joy Behar, meanwhile, said parents should not interfere in schools by having a say in what teachers teach and that if they disagree with what they are being taught, “they’re going to have to home-school their kids.”
Rice explained that more and more parents are homeschooling their children and that something is pointing to this trend.
“First of all, parents ought to be involved in their children’s education … I think parents ought to have a say. We used to have parent-teacher conferences. We used to have PTAs. There are lots of ways for parents to be involved, and they should be,” she added.
She then told about what she experienced growing up and how she was raised by her father, during her tough childhood in Birmingham, Alabama.
“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 said. “That’s the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids,” she added.
Rice can say she accomplished what she wanted to as she was the first black woman to become U.S. Secretary of State.
“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 —I don’t think that’s very productive—or Black people have to feel disempowered by race,” she continued.
And she went further.
“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.”
To Goldberg’s comment about teaching History so it doesn’t repeat itself, Rice explained, “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,” to which she added, “And so how we teach about our history is also important.”
When co-host Sunny Hostin asserted that some parents were looking for their children not to be taught real American history, depriving a racial reconciliation, Rice explained that this was not the case.
“People are being taught the true history, but I just have to say one more thing: It goes back to how we teach History. We teach the good and we teach the bad of History. But what we don’t do is make 7- and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin.”
She concluded by saying: “We’ve been through that, and we don’t need to do that again for anyone.”