During an appearance on Meet the Press, Colin Powell confronted his own party and its the continued race-baiting and elitism.
Thought a Republican, Powell is unafraid of giving an honest assessment of the dangerous language and views often embraced by so many within the GOP.
“There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean from that? What I mean by that is that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
“When I see a former governor [Sarah Palin] say that the President is ‘shucking and jiving,’ ‘that’s a racial-era slave term. When I see another former governor after the President’s first debate, when he didn’t do very well, say 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.’
“That 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 it [n*gga].”
Birther, the whole Birther Movement…why do senior republican leaders tolerate this type of discussion in the party?
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