Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sparked a heated debate online after sitting down for an interview on The View and sharing her opinion on critical race theory (CRT), a topic that has been heavily discussed in recent years.

While advocates have been fighting to implement CRT in schools, hoping to teach students about the trials and tribulations of Black people, Rice opined that the subject could cause white people to feel guilty and Black children to feel helpless. 

"One of the worries that I have about the way that we are talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty about everything that happened in the past — I don't think that's very productive — or Black people have to feel disempowered by race," Rice said. 

The 66-year-old discussed the struggles she faced while growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, using her upbringing as an example of finding success despite race.

"I couldn't go to a movie theater or a restaurant with my parents. I went to segregated schools till we moved to Denver," she said. "My parents never thought I was going to grow up in a world without prejudice, but they also told me 'that's somebody else's problem, not yours. You're going to overcome it and you're going to be anything you want to be.' That's the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids." 

While educators and politicians continue to debate about what should be taught in schools, Rice said the conversation on race has gone in the wrong direction.

"I would like Black kids to be completely empowered, to know that they are beautiful in their Blackness. But in order to do that, I don't have to make white kids feel bad for being white," she said.