WATCH: Condi Strongly Defends Kanye: 'I've Been Black All My Life. You Don’t Have To Tell Me How To Be Black.'

On Wednesday morning, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria” on Fox Network, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended rap icon Kanye West from those on the Left savaging him for his newly-conservative views. Rice pointed out, “I’ve said to people sometimes, ‘I’ve been black all my life. You don’t have to tell me how to be black.’”

The discussion started with Bartiromo saying, “As a successful woman of color out there, when you see Kanye West talking like this and getting the pushback that he is, what do you think?”

Rice answered, “Well, my view of it — first of all, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, but I can say that people should be able to express their views. Not all of us have to think politically the same way. I’ve said to people sometimes, ‘I’ve been black all my life. You don’t have to tell me how to be black.' So I think we need to recognize that in some ways the height of prejudice is to look at somebody and think you know what they think because of the color of their skin.”

Rice continued, “And so I hope we get to the point where people get to express their views and you can agree with them or disagree with them ... that, after all, is what it means to be an American is to have the ability to say what you think.”

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