Condoleezza Rice: Race Relations Not Worse Under Trump

'It sure doesn't feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama'

June 21, 2019

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on Thursday pushed back against the notion that race relations have gotten worse during the Trump administration.

Rice sat down with 3rd Hour Today co-host Sheinelle Jones, who asked about race relations during Trump administration.

"There are people who will say it feels worse now when we are talking about race or it feels like a divisive environment," Jones said, prompting Rice to push back.

"It sure doesn't feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama, so let's drop this notion that we're worse at race relations today than we were in the past. Really? That means we've made no progress. Really?" Rice said. "I think the hyperbole about how much worse it is isn't doing us any good. This country is never going to be color blind."

Jones followed up by asking her about people who say the rhetoric starts with the president and he has to set an example from the top-down.

"Oh, come on, alright? I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race. We need to watch that we don't use dog whistles to people who—but when we start saying, 'It's worse today,' No it's not," Rice said.

Rice served as a national security adviser to former president George W. Bush and would later be nominated and confirmed to be secretary of state during the Bush administration.