Why We Need to Hear From Condoleezza Rice 

Rutgers—and the rest of us—miss out as Condi Rice ducks another chance to give some real talk.

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IF ONLY CONDI RICE Were WILLING TO SHARE, AND WE WERE READY TO LISTEN

The News: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has declined to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University after protests by some students and faculty, as The Root has reported.

“Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time,” Rice said in a statement explaining her decision to back out.

Rice’s decision over the weekend followed a sit-in on campus and demands that the university disinvite Rice, citing her role in crafting the Bush administration’s case for the Iraq War. The university was to pay Rice $35,000 and give her an honorary doctorate.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski criticized the protesters as intolerant. Scarborough, a conservative, said, “Liberal speakers don’t get this sort of treatment.”

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