Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flummoxed “The View” table with her take on critical race theory (CRT) on her Wednesday morning appearance on the show.
Whoopi Goldberg brought up how the controversial educational movement, which teaches students that race and privilege have infiltrated every aspect of society, has taken center stage in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
“One of the key issues up for debate is how much of a voice parents should have in their child’s school curriculum especially when it comes to subjects like sex education and critical race theory, I thought they didn’t teach critical race theory until they went to like law school or something,” Goldberg commented, with co-host Sunny Hostin in agreence.
“I sure hope not, because I’m not sure 7-year-olds need to learn it,” Rice shot back.
Goldberg questioned if parents should be influencing teacher’s lesson plans, which co-host Joy Behar was totally against.
“You can’t have the parents interfering to that extent in the curriculum,” Behar remarked. “If they’re adamant and they don’t want you to teach what is going to be taught period they’re going to have to homeschool their kids. Because this is not going to wash.”
Rice pointed out that the uptick of parents yanking their kids from public schools was indicative that they were fed up with schools ignoring their grievances. She went on to address the issue of CRT directly.
“I grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama… I went to segregated schools until we moved to Denver,” she commented. “My parents never thought I would grow up in a world without prejudice. My parents told me you’ll overcome it and you can be whatever you want to be.”
She explained how teaching “white children [to] feel bad about being white” was not the way to overcome the nation’s history of making black students feel like “second class citizens.”
“I would like black kids to be completely empowered to know 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 continued.
Hostin added that “people want to hide history,” and what is currently happening in the educational system is a “rollback of history. Parents don’t want children to hear about the real history.”