Condoleezza Rice Doesn’t Want White Kids to Feel Bad About Being White

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“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,” Rice said.  

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chimed into the debate on critical race theory, saying that she doesn’t want white children to feel bad for being white.   

Rice was on ABC’s The View on Wednesday, where she said that race was not being taught in a way that was helpful to both Black and white students, with white students being put into a position where they feel guilty about their race.   

“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,” Rice said.   

Rice, who spoke about growing up in a segregated Birmingham, Alabama, said that she wants Black children “to be completely empowered” in their Blackness, but 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.”   

Critical race theory has been a topic of conversation in recent months as many GOP-led states have passed or are in the process of passing bills that would ban educators from teaching the theory.  

RELATED: North Carolina Gov. Vetoes Bill Banning Critical Race Theory 

According to Brittanica, critical race theory is “an intellectual movement and a framework of legal analysis according to which (1) race is a culturally invented category used to oppress people of colour and (2) the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, political, and economic inequalities between white and nonwhite people.”     

The View hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin pushed back against Rice’s comments, adding that parents are trying to sanitize the past.   

“Parents don’t want children to hear about the real history and when we teach children about the real history, I think that is when we will really have true racial reconciliation,” Hostin said. 

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