During an interview on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked by John Dickerson about how she reconciles the racism in America’s past with using her career to promote American cxceptionalism internationally.
Rice agreed that “American history was in part shaped at its very beginning by this birth defect of slavery.” She then differed from the 1619 school of thought in how the country should move forward.
Rather than write off the United States as irredeemable due to past atrocities and present imperfections, Rice called for a more constructive framing, looking at the “forward progress of America,” noting, “I want kids to know about Tulsa. I also want them to know what that black community did to overcome that horrible massacre. I want them to know about ’63 in Birmingham, but I want them to know that the mayor of Birmingham today is a black man who grew up in a poor community.”