Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice unpacked the truth behind the “height of prejudice” as she defended Kanye West against attacks over his views.
West has been under attack by liberals who are adamant about denouncing what they see as a swing to the right by the rapper who has been tweeting about socialism, free thinking and support of President Donald Trump.
The artist’s call for individual thought amid photos of pro-Trump gear and keeping company with some conservative thinkers has prompted extreme reactions, especially after his comments about Republicans freeing slaves which sparked a call from another rapper for an infamous Los Angeles-area street gang to attack West.
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Rice, the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, had a word for West’s critics when she was asked about the backlash on Fox Business Network on Wednesday.
“People should be able to express their views. Not all of us have to think politically the same way,” she told host Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria.”
“I said to people sometimes ‘I’ve been black all my life. You don’t have to tell me how to be black,’” she continued. “So I think we need to recognize that in some ways the height of prejudice is to look at somebody and think you know what they think because of the color of their skin.”
While Rice, who served as Secretary of State in the administration of former President George W. Bush, championed American freedoms, other politicians slammed West for daring to support Trump.
Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters gave the rapper a condescending dismissal, telling Politico that he “talks out of turn and perhaps he needs some assistance in helping him to formulate some of his thoughts.”
Rice, who teaches at Stanford University, hopes a change will be coming.
“I hope we get to the point that people will get to express their views, and you can agree with them or disagree with them,” she said. “That, after all, is what it means to be American – is to have the ability to say what you think.”
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