Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell sat down for a very candid interview on CBS "Face the Nation." The interview covered a variety of topics as it relates to Egypt, Syria, and the Republican Party, but it was his comments on the topics of Trayvon Martin and voter suppression that gained a lot of attention.
Here is what General Powell said as it relates to the George Zimmerman verdict:
“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there,” Powell said. “But I don’t know if it’ll have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then, after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”
His response was a politically correct way of saying the verdict was some BS.
Powell added that President Obama’s comments after the verdict, where he spoke about living as a black man in America, were an “accurate characterization of some of the things that we were exposed to,” and that he’d like to see Obama speak out more passionately about race.
“I used to refer to myself as the secretary of state who happens to be black, not the black secretary of state or black chairman—there ain’t a white one somewhere,” Powell said. “And so he [Obama] has a responsibility to the whole country, and I think he should speak out on these issues, not just because he’s the first black president, but because he’s the president of the United States and this is a problem that affects all of America, not just black America. It’s something that is still a residual effect of our history, of the racism that existed by law, of segregation and slavery and I think that we’re slowly, surely, moving away from this. It’s going to require more change in the hearts and minds of people, but, we’re going to get there, I have no doubt about that.”