Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on NBC News, where she shut down a reported who claimed that race relations under President Trump are worse than they were under President Obama.
Daily Wire reported that during a sit-down interview with Sheinelle Jones of NBC, the reporter asked Rice her thoughts on the notion that it currently “feels worse now when we’re talking about race.” She would later specifically tie the suggestion to Trump, noting that the discourse “comes from the top-down,” starting with the president.
“It sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama,” Rice immediately fired back, as reported by The Blaze. “So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse race relations today than we were in the past. Really? That means we’ve made no progress.”
“I think the hyperbole about how much worse it is isn’t doing us any good. This country’s never going to be colorblind. We had the initial original sin of slavery. It’s still with us,” she added.
“For people who say, it’s top-down, it starts with the president—” countered Jones, before being cut off by Rice.
“Oh, come on, alright,” the former secretary of state jumped in. “I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race. We need to watch that we don’t use dog whistles to people. But when we start saying, ‘Oh, you know, it’s worse today,’ no, they’re not.”
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