Colin Powell Is Still Black And He’s Talking About Zimmerman
It seems once Colin Powell starts talking, you can’t get him to stop. Earlier this month he shared the *insane idea* that all people should have the right to vote. And on CBS’s Face the Nation, he weighed in on the Zimmerman trial, calling the verdict “questionable.” But then things really started to get interesting:
“I don’t know if it will have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten,” he said.
And the man has a point. For all the outrage and sadness this court case has created for America, is it all for nothing if it doesn’t change the laws that allow these things to happen? Then again, Rodney King probably wasn’t looking to change the LAPD, but reform eventually happened. And evidence p0ints to his beating and trial as setting that change in motion.
Powell went on further to applaud Obama’s efforts in speaking on race, but feels there is a great deal more to do.
“Yeah, I’d like to see him be more passionate about race questions,” Powell said, adding that Obama’s description of life as a black man in America was “an accurate characterization of some of the things that we were exposed to.” Responding to host Bob Schieffer’s suggestion that Obama could do more for the African-American community,” Powell said that as president, Obama has a “responsibility to the whole country” and should speak on the issue “not just because he’s the first black president but because he is the President of the United States. This is a problem that affects all of America, not just black America,” he said reiterating his sentiments 50 years ago.
Of course there’s more to do. And it’s a wonderful thing that Powell is speaking out, something he never did when he was the first Black Secretary of State. But is it really fair to call Obama’s passion into question? After all, being a Black man with passion can get you into a whole world of trouble. Right, Rich Benjamin?
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