Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, responded to John Sununu's statement that Powell's endorsement of Obama was due to race. Wilkerson, a Republican, told Ed Schultz that his party is "full of racists" who want the president out due to "the color of his skin." Watch:
WILKERSON: My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their decisions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable.
Certainly the entire birther phenomenon, based on the portrait of Obama as "other," has racism at its core.