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Posted on 01/13/2013 8:45:35 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance'
By GINGER GIBSON | 1/13/13 11:05 AM EST
While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama.
"There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."
Powell, who endorsed Obama, pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama as evidence that there is still racism within the party.
"When I see a former governor say that the president is 'shuckin' and jivin'.' That's a racial-era slave term," Powell said, referring to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin using the term to describe Obama's response to the attacks in Libya.
Powell also pointed to former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, who was an aggressive surrogate for Mitt Romney, for calling Obama "lazy" after the first debate during the campaign.
"He didn't say he was slow, he was tired, he didn't do well; he said he was 'lazy,'" Powell said "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 it."
Powell also eschewed the "birther movement."
"The whole birther movement: Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?" Powell asked. "I think the party has to take a look at itself."
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Remember all the BDS Colin?
Perhaps Colon Bowel has never heard of Allen West or Herman Cain.
I reject completely that the GOP is somehow less tolerant of others. Its an old canard, eff that, and eff Colin Powell too, I used to like the guy, even when others here did not. I am now a "hater" too.
When your brain fails you.. start screaming “RACISM!”
We will tell them we are Republicans.
David Gregory and the MSM will believe ANYTHING.
Ah, the quota General defends the quota president.
Powell is a poster boy for the Spike Lee school of racism.
Yes I am intolerant, against liberals, be they black or white.
Lefties like Powell are so “tolerant” that they cannot tolerate anybody who disagrees with them.
I believe we all pretty much were even more harsh towards Clinton. Well I suppose though he WAS the “first Black President.”
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Colon can't really think for himself. The only thing he knows how to do is obey his racist overlords.
“A ‘dark’ vein of intolerance?” DAS RACISS! DOG-WHISTLE! CODE WORDS!
We tolerate you, Colin, you racist jackass.
“Intolerance” occurs whenever a Lefty does not get his/her way.
“Dark vein of intolerance” ? My, how intolerant of him.
Only democrats give a damn what moderate “republicans” think.
Democrats have a dark vein of Communism. Nobody’s perfect. :)
Why does this man continue to call himself a Republican? Or Christie for that matter? These two are only helping those who will destroy this once great country.
Colon should come out against raising the debt ceiling, to see where the intolerance is.
If you think about it, he only gets attention because he is of color and a rino. Otherwise, no one in the MSM would give a damn about him.
At this point, I really hate this horse’s ass. He has shown himself to be an unintelligent fool time and again. He’s being used and has no clue.
Oh, I don’t know about that. Former Secratary of State and Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs will probably get you press coverage no matter your ethnicity.
No Mr. Powell, the GOP condemns socialists and thugs. We do not get to pick the racial makeup of those two groups.
I prefer to think of it as principled as opposed to intolerance, General
The man doesn’t even remember his own history or life story. Sad. I feel so disconnected from my fellow black people.
The hypocrisy of the Democratic Party... think about it. Of course a liberal would argue otherwise, but those arguments are inconsequential in light that liberals do not have logic nor are liberals capable of objectivity.
According to this shiftless liberal any word in the dictionary can be racist so long as they say it is.
If you’re that sensitive maybe you ought to stay out of the public eye.
It wasn’t the republicans who were calling him a house negro when he was SOS.
Really Colin? Do you think that promoting infanticide and deviant sexual behavior is enlightened wisdom? Then why are democrats always trying to ban everything including the US constitution?
I remember Democrats I worked with in a supposed non-partisan election as being very ready to assert that the black candidate wasn’t “ready” and we conservatives had to push him through.
He is now a Congressman. He never would have achieved that democrat seat without his earlier success.
Or Marco Rubio ?
There’s nothing less significant than skin color (Hell my face gets darker than yours in the Summertime)
What I hate is your dark side.
Colin enjoys the liberal cocktail circuit over the conservative one. Comments like this insures the invitatons will keep on coming.
I got news for ya, there are “intolerant” ones on both sides.
I’m intolerant of race-baiting liars and con artists who seek to steal my rights and freedoms.
Perhaps, but then again, I forget the last former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to be interviewed regarding politics. They might interview Condelezza, but usually to attack her. Oh, they’ll talk to Albright, but she is dumb as a rock anyway and a rat to boot. No, he is their useful idiot and that’s the role he loves.
Wow! An educated idiot! How about that rat party and leftists in general (ha)?! While claiming diversity, all who disagree are labelled with all sorts of ugly names ending in “obe” and “ist”. What a crock! Leftists are the worst out there!
Perhaps he never heard of Abe Lincoln (Republican) either.
Nor does he notice that it is the D party that leads in the effort to KEEP blacks DOWN, economically dependent (otherwise known as “oppressed” and/or “on the plantation.”)
Wow he really has become a lying or deluded stupid pile of crap. And his examples of “racism” are pathetic.
Did he mention that republicans tend to lock their car doors when he walks by?
Why be surprised, Black Americans have been super racialized and are the most racist group in America, so spouting crap like this is common place.
Meanwhile, 100% of black Americans voted for Barack Obama. No Racism there, huh? But he’s mad that 100% of white Americans didn’t do the same thing.
What an a-hole. Those on the right see people as individuals. It is the left that is racist.
Whites and conservatives have to live in deathly fear of being called racist, Colin Powell is a GD liar to say republicans look down on minorities. Just disgusting.
But I guess no democrats are racist or look down on minorities? Just outrageous.
Unless republicans learn to stop being racially bitch slapped, they are finished. Someone on the republican side should be calling Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the whole crew of them racists every single day and don’t stop until it sticks.
But nooo, we don’t want to be like them. Until we’re extinct.
Could the man be jealous that he didn’t get to be the first black president and like most liberals is trying to blame somebody else for it?
The General is correct that shucken and jiven is a Jim Crow era (I’m sure that’s what he meant) term, maybe slave era. But it’s not a term originated by whites, quite the opposite, and should be a lot more acceptable than bull sh*tt*ng in common usage. Though I think describing the President as a bull sh*tt*r would be fine, the media and perhaps Colin would be more critical of Sarah had she said that.
An incompetent soldier, so of course he plays the race card. Colonoscopy, conservatives don’t want you. You belong on a pike with the rest of the Democrat leadership.
I don’t doubt that there are pockets of prejudice within the GOPe but they’re nothing compared to the millions of government dependent “victims” that now inhabit the crime ridden ghettos the rat party created for their own power. Add that to the name calling and really dirty tricks the rats instigate against any black who dares step off their plantation.
Powell needs to forget what color everyone is and start seeing the bigger picture.
I thought he was smarter than this. The black communist POTUS doesn’t get a pass on everything just because he’s black.