Condoleezza Rice is one of the classiest people to ever grace the world stage. Regardless of politics or party affiliation, it’s hard for anybody to deny that the has the intelligence, experience, and grace to handle any situation that comes her way.
She’s also unafraid to tell it like it is. The Secretary of State under George W. Bush handled questions about race relations from NBC’s Sheinelle Jones with a remarkable amount of fire – along with that grace and class that she’s famous for.
When Jones brought up the notion that “there are people who will say it feels worse now when we’re talking about race,” Rice interjected with pushback based on her own life experience.
“It sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama,” Rice replied. “So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse in race relations today than we were in the past… I think the hyperbole about how much worse it is isn’t doing us any good.”
Jones went on to mention “people who say it’s top down, it starts with the president,” and Rice jumped back in with more assertions that race relations aren’t as bad as some claim that they are.
“Oh, come on, all right. I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race,” Rice rejoined. “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.”
You can tell from Rice’s body language that she’s holding back a little and that there’s so much more that she wanted to say. Check out the clip here:
Leave it to Condoleezza Rice to respond to such ridiculousness in such a dignified yet emphatic manner. She continues to prove her brilliance time and time again.