Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State (2005-2009) and former National Security Advisor (2001-2005), masters the essence of education once again while guest hosting on The View where she discredited CRT and defended the children of America. 

Growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, Condoleezza Rice references her first-hand experience dealing with racism. Condoleezza said, “My parents told me you’ll overcome it and you can become whatever you want to be.” That is the message our children must hear; not one of despair and hopelessness, but one of optimism and encouragement. 

Empowerment is a word all children must be familiar with, but Critical Race Theory deprives them of ever feeling empowered. Condoleezza stated, “The way we’re talking about race is that…somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past. I don’t think that’s very productive or black people feel disempowered by race. 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.” Condoleezza references a dangerous trend in leading educational organizations that find it appropriate to minimize the potential of some children and bully others

This does not mean that children will not learn hard history and the bad that happened in the past. Condoleezza stated it perfectly when she said, “[I]t goes back to how we teach history. We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. What we don’t do is make 7-year-olds and 10-year-olds feel they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin.” 

With educators and mentors like Condoleezza Rice, the future of our children will be brighter and better than ever before. We need teachers who will not shy away from the past, but use its lessons to cultivate progress and move forward, not send us back in time.