Condi Rice on Racial Campaign Ads: 'Don't Tell Me How to Be Black'
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down for an exclusive interview with Brian Kilmeade to discuss the midterm elections and her political future.
Dr. Rice said she hopes President Obama embraces Americans' message that they want change and works with Republicans.
She cautioned the president about the divisiveness of using executive actions on immigration reform.
"This has to go through the people's representatives. That's our system," she said.
Rice was then asked about anti-GOP campaign ads that tried to make a connection between Republicans and the shootings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
She said racial tension does still exist in the country, but the U.S. remains the best place in the world to be a minority. Rice called the ads "appalling and insulting."
"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?"
On Fox and Friends yesterday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) pointed out that he often heard growing up that he "wasn't black enough."
"I've been asked many times myself and I say, look I've been black all my life, you don't have to tell me how to be black," said Rice, expressing concern about what that sort of criticism can do to black children.
"What are we doing to our kids when we tell them that their ethnic identity has to make them unsuccessful? That to me is really a racist thing to say."
When asked about the expected presidential run by Hillary Clinton, Rice said people should vote based on policies, not gender.
Rice has no plans to run on the Republican side, she said.
Watch the discussion above.