Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice eloquently argued on "The View" against critical race theory being taught in public schools and her critics lashed out on social media over it.
Rice made the comments as a guest on the show Wednesday while discussing the role of parents in the curriculum being taught in public schools.
"I come out of an academic institution, and this is something that academics debate, what is the role of race and so forth," said Rice.
"And 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 until we moved to Denver," she added.
"My parents never thought that I was going to grow up in a world without prejudice, but they also told me, 'that's somebody's else's problem not yours, you're going to overcome it, and you are going to be anything you want to be,'" Rice explained.
"And that's the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids," she said to some applause from the audience.
"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," Rice continued.
"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," she said to more applause from the audience.
"So somehow, this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction," she concluded.
Joy Behar immediately challenged Rice to prove her claims when co-host Sara Haines rattled off a list of incidents where racial teaching in public schools tilted too far to one side.
'Caping for white supremacy'
Many on the left immediately took to social media to criticize Rice and her comments.
"Disappointed to hear Condoleezza Rice still caping for white supremacy and embarrassed to hear her lean into disinformation," said one critic.
"Some people are shocked by some of the comments made by Condoleezza Rice on The View today. Why do people always think a leopard will change it's spots?" said another detractor.
"Condoleezza Rice's dedication to white comfort at all costs is…something," read one popular tweet.
"So let me get this straight, Black kids already feel bad knowing that this country enslaved their ancestors and treat them as less than but Condoleezza Rice is worried about how white kids feel when teaching racial history???" responded another critic.
"Wow. Did not expect Condoleezza Rice on #TheView to be a supporter of white fragility," said another.
Rice angered others during a previous guest appearance when she said that she defended the Second Amendment based on her experiences with racism growing up in the South.
Here's the video of Rice's appearance on The View:
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