Great Advice: Clueless Colin Powell Urges Obama to Tackle Race Issues

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

Uh, Mr. Powell, that’s pretty much all he’s been doing. Maybe he can also address the racial murders of Chris Lane and Delbert Belton. You have heard of them, right?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin “questionable” and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race during an interview that aired Sunday.

The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Martin verdict soon would be forgotten but said Obama — and all presidents — have a responsibility to discuss the nation’s history of racial injustice. Powell spoke as Washington marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march that included the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

“If Dr. King was here, I’m quite sure he would say, ‘Congratulations on all the progress that’s been made, but let’s keep going. The dream is not fully achieved yet,'” said Powell, also the first African American to serve the nation as secretary of state.

Asked about the Martin killing, Powell questioned its impact on the civil rights discourse. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman acted in self-defense and acquitted him during a criminal trial.

“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” Powell said. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”

We don’t think anyone has forgotten Trayvon Martin, especially since we hear about it every damn day.

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4 Responses to “Great Advice: Clueless Colin Powell Urges Obama to Tackle Race Issues”

  1. Tuerqas on 26/26/13 at 11:15 am

    That is too bad. I was rather hoping a conservative black would have characterized that trial in one of two other ways:
    1) He put it in perspective by mentioning the number of black on black, black on white, and white on black murders. Looking at the numbers, white on black murders are not the problem in the US.
    “According to the United States Department of Justice: Blacks accounted for 52.5% of homicides, whites 45.3% and Native Americans and Asians 2.2%, from 1980 to 2008. Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks.” That means for every hundred murders over that 28 year period homicides can be shown this way:
    Black on black: 48
    black on white or other: 4
    White on white: 38
    White on black or other: 7
    Other on unclassified: 2
    One side note included that for this purpose, most Hispanic homicides are ‘white’. Considering gang activity, I would be very interested in the further breakdown. How many homicides overall are the ‘majority’ responsible for when you consider that Hispanics do not think of themselves as part of the majority? Why would a society concentrate on emphasizing (adding hate crimes modifiers, for instance) programs and media coverage on the minority of people who commit homicides?

    2) I really wish Mr Poweel had rephrased it altogether as a minority on minority killing. In all other political respects, Hispanics are minorities. They are said to face similar or even tougher challenges than blacks in the US today, excluding crime. They are a separate race on most Gov’t forms and other categories like blood donations, they get their own language printings on official documentations etc., yet for race baiting purposes only, Hispanics are ‘white’.

  2. lyle on 26/26/13 at 1:01 pm

    a conservative black

    Where in the world did even get the notion that Powell was anywhere close to this description? Please.