Condoleezza Rice Pushes Back on Claim That Racism Is Worse Under Trump: ‘Let’s Drop This Notion’

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed back on the claim that racism under President Donald Trump has gotten “worse,” saying that she does not believe it has after growing up in Jim Crow-era Alabama.

During an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, reporter Sheinelle Jones brought up to Rice that “there are people who will say it feels worse now when we’re talking about race.”

Rice — the first female African-American secretary of state who served under former President George W. Bush — put the claim to bed immediately, firing back that it “sure doesn’t feel worse” than the childhood she had growing up in “Jim Crow Alabama” and that the U.S. should “drop this notion” that race relations are worse under Trump.

“It sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama,” she said. “So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse in race relations today than we were in the past.”

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The former secretary of state continued on to say that she believes the “hyperbole about how much worse” race relations are under the current president “isn’t doing us any good” and that the country will “never” be “colorblind” because the “original sin of slavery” was “still with us.”

Jones asked how Rice would respond to people who say that “it starts with the president” and his rhetoric.

“Oh, come on, all right. I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race,” the former secretary of state said. “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.”

Jones also asked Rice in the interview about special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report into Russian election interference and the idea of the impeachment of Trump.

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Winston "Isch" Krieter
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Winston "Isch" Krieter

The American society was founded on the concept of individual liberty. Every time a free citizen falls back on the crutch of identifying as a member of a group instead of as a citizen, they perpetuate the idea that these societal problems can be solved by legislative or collective action of some sort. “Race relations” is a problem of groups of people pitted against each other. The choice to identify with these groups is the reason the problem continues. Those in power, or those who desire power, do what they can to manipulate the groups to further their own agenda.… Read more »

carson tyler
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carson tyler

I, can not understand the race questions keep coming up. I have many black friends who are tired of hearing it. They know the many slave problems have long gone. It is history like the wars, Jews extinction, slaves are now in history books. The ones who keep pushing the issue are people making money from the uneducated. Speak with an educated black and they will tell you they do not want to hear it.

Marie
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Marie

Nice to hear honesty from a past government official instead of spitting hate!!!

marje
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marje

The media shows all the racist issues and never the coming together. They want us to think Trump made things worse. Rice is so correct on this.

Julie
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Julie

What an intelligent classy lady. If only Jones would actually listen to what she said.

Kathie Everhart
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Kathie Everhart

Condoleezza ran circles around her. Jones was a huge embarrassment! Always looking to the race debate. They just can’t let everyone be Americans. They just want to keep it going. But it’s blacks and Democrats who do this.

Ward Webster
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Ward Webster

Ms. Rice is an outstanding role model. I only wished I could have known her as a friend, mentor and common sense approach to our nation problems. God bless this outstanding lady.

Lintner Paul
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Lintner Paul

Jones and NBC trying to stir crap up, always looking for that gotcha question. Give me a break.

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