Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now plugging her latest book,
“Democracy“ argued on “Fox and Friends“ that removing and tearing down statues and monuments honoring slave owners equals to “sanitizing“U.S. history.
“When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing,” Rice said.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade raised this sensitive subject for discussion by asking whether Rice, anAfrican-American woman, saw herself in the Constitution considering that several of the nation’s first presidents were slave owners.
“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?”
In a word, “no,” said Rice.
“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.”
Given that her ancestors were originally counted as three-fifths of a man, the way her father experienced trouble in 1952 in attempt of registering to vote in Birmingham, Alabama, and and how, in 2005, she stood in the Ben Franklin Room of the State Department and was administered an oath of office by “a Jewish woman Supreme Court justice, that’s the story of America,” she said.
Rice said 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,” she added, “look at where we are now.”