Condi Rice on ‘appalling and insulting’ racial campaign ads: ‘Don’t tell me how to be black’

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took aim Thursday at the Democratic Party for using race against their Republican opponents in the midterm elections.

In an exclusive interview, Rice sat down with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and commented on Democrats using the shootings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin to disparage the GOP.


“We are not race blind,” she said. “Of course we still have racial tensions in this country. But the United States of America has made enormous progress in race relations and it is the best place on Earth to be a minority.”

“The idea that you would play such a card and try fearmongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans, that they are somehow all racists, I find it appalling,” she added. “I find it insulting.”

Rice drew on her own experiences to question the tactic.

“As a Republican black woman from the South, I would say to them, ‘really?’ Is that really the argument you’re going to make in 2014?” she said.

Kilmeade asked Rice to respond to a comment by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who said he often heard as a kid that he “wasn’t black enough.”

“What are we doing to our kids when we tell them that their ethnic identity has to make them unsuccessful?” she said. “That to me is really a racist thing to say.”

As for any chance of her considering a presidential run, Rice said: “I am a professor at Stanford. I am a happy professor at Stanford; that’s where I am staying.”

Watch the full interview via Fox News.

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