January 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
“There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says 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. 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 that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”
- Colin Powell, January 13, 2013
- Source: Meet the Press
- Context: Powell was asked whether he still considered himself a Republican. He responded by saying that he does still consider himself a Republican but differentiated his conservatism with that of today’s Republican Party, which he said had gone too far to the right. He went on to describe intolerance within the Republican Party, and what he thought it needed to do to stay competitive as the demographics of the United States changes.