Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that Democrats have a “problem” with assuming how Black people think politically.
Speaking to The New York Times at the Aspen Security Forum, Ms. Rice addressed the issue of “systemic racism,” particularly in the education system, and said she hoped there would come a day when people didn’t hold “preconceived notions” when encountering Black people.
“I don’t really care if we’re colorblind,” she said. “But I would like to get to the place that when you see somebody who is Black, you don’t have preconceived notions of what they’re capable of, who they are — by the way, what they think, which is I think a problem of the left. 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.”
Ms. Rice, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration, argued that while she believes racism had indeed been built into the U.S. “system,” her solution advocating school choice is an unpopular remedy among the left.
“These are issues that continue to bedevil us from a long history with racism, and they do get built into systems in ways that have negative impacts,” she said. “But I am not one who believes you can just, sort of, ‘take on systemic racism,’ I don’t even know how to start. 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.”
She added, “My answer on this part of ‘systemic racism’ doesn’t actually accord with the agenda that many people who claim to want to undo systemic racism have laid out.”
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