If you didn’t see it, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from the Bush Administration went on Fox News to promote her new book: “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.”
After what happened in Charlottesville, the topic is especially timely, which is why Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade immediately asked her an important question: “I want to talk about where your book starts, and that’s our Constitution. As an African-American woman, do you see yourself in this Constitution? Do you think that, when we look at nine of our first twelve presidents as slave owners, should we start taking their statues down and say, we’re embarrassed by you?”
Without hesitation, Rice fired back: “In a word, No.” She continued, “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you.’ So I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners. I want us to have to look at those names, and realize what they did, and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history.”
Then, she added, “When you start wiping out your history; sanitizing your history to make you feel better? It’s a bad thing.”
Rice noted the history in America where her ancestors were considered to be “three-fifths of a man” and a personal story about the horrible racism her father experienced in Birmingham, Alabama, in the Jim Crow South in 1952.
Then, she dropped the history lesson that liberals could learn from: “George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other slave owners were people of their times. What we should celebrate is that from the Jeffersons and the Washingtons as slave owners. Look at where we are now.”
This is a powerful and moving message from Rice, who is clearly not a fan of tearing down monuments. Liberals can’t be happy about this:
Well said, Condoleezza Rice! And thank you for standing up for America.
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