What is the civil rights issue of our day? According to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, it is school choice.
No doubt this will come as an enormous shock to the same-sex marriage advocates who have been pushing gender-segregated marriage and claiming it as today’s civil rights issue.
In contrast, Rice supports education equality. In her inspiring speech Wednesday at the Republican Convention in Tampa Rice stressed the importance of education.
Transcript from Fox News:
My mom was a teacher. I respect the profession. . . We have to
have high standards for our kids, because self-esteem comes from
achievement, not from lax standards and false praise.
And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly,
particularly poor parents whose kids, very often minorities, are
trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil
rights issue of our day.
Rice is no stranger to prejudice or the Civil Rights Movement. Nearing the end of her speech, she gave heartfelt testimony to the inspiration of her parents:
And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow
Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents
cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they
have convinced that even if she cannot have a hamburger at
Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she
wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.