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“You look at somebody who’s Black and you think you know what they think, or you at least think you know what they ought to think.”Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice
Speaking via digital interview at the 2020 Aspen Security Forum on Tuesday, Condoleezza Rice said the “problem with the left” is liberals assume how Black people should think.
“You look at somebody who’s Black and you think you know what they think, or you at least think you know what they ought to think.”
Fox News added that ‘Rice’s comments came after Joe Biden argued African Americans who can’t decide whether to vote for him or President Trump “ain’t black.”’ Biden later walked back the comments, saying he was being a “wise guy.”
CNN mentions that Rice also said the fight over tearing down monuments had “gotten a little out of control” and referenced efforts by residents and activists in Washington, DC, to remove a statue of President Abraham Lincoln in the city that depicts the late President standing next to a formerly enslaved man who is kneeling.
“I am not one who believes you can just sort of ‘take on systemic racism,’ I don’t even know how to start,” Rice said. “I do think you can take on the impact of an educational system for minority kids that leaves most of them behind. I think you can take that on. But people might not like my answer. My answer is: Let’s do school choice in a big way.”
Rice has also expressed support of, along with a growing number of Republicans, in removing Confederate monuments and renaming some military bases.
“I actually don’t know why anybody wants to defend the Confederacy and Confederate monuments,” said Rice.
“I also don’t know why anybody wants to tear down a statue of Abraham Lincoln and slaves, which was actually funded by freed slaves. So this has gotten a little out of control, frankly, and I don’t want to be the Soviet Union where we’re trying to erase history.”
Who is Condoleezza Rice?
According to the Office of The Historian, Condoleezza Rice was nominated for Secretary of State by George W. Bush on November 14, 2004, and assumed office on January 26, 2005. She served for four years, leaving the position on January 20, 2009. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State.
Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.
The Stanford site also mentions that Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.