Sunday, January 13, 2013

Powell: GOP Has "A Dark Vein Of Intolerance"

Speaking today on "Meet the Press," Colin Powell warned the Republican party that it had better adapt to the country's changing demographics. Specifically, Powell criticized the GOP's "dark vein of intolerance" expressed by the use of racist code words. Watch:

POWELL: There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?


Michael The Molar Maven said...

So the question remains: Why does Mr. Powell still affiliate with the republican party?

Jeff Tone said...

Good question. Only he can answer that.