Panelists on “The Five” discussed race relations in today’s America by contrasting an uplifting speech given by Ms. Rice at the 2012 Republican National Convention and Attorney General Eric Holder’s more dismal outlook in his commencement speech at Morgan State University on Saturday.
The liberal commentator also argued that he’s not sure Ms. Rice would be an appropriate role model for inner-city blacks anyway, because she grew up in a stable family.
“Let’s also keep in mind,” he began. “She grew up in a middle-class black family, and we’re talking here about people in the inner city. I’m not sure Condoleezza Rice is the person that I would necessarily turn to as a symbol for these people who live in the ghetto.”
“Wow,” said Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Miss Tantaros said it’s unfair” for people to “codify” the black community the way Bob did, as if to say, “If you start in a middle-class family, your message isn’t worth it,” she said. “That’s not fair.”
Mr. Beckel argued: “She made some great strides. She did some remarkable things. She came from a home with a mother and a father who are middle class. Most of these black kids in jail are without fathers.”