Sunday former Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of State Colin Powell speaking on Meet the Press said there is a “dark vein of intolerance in the Republican Party,” and that many Republicans “look down on minorities.”
Whenever the mainstream media wants to attack the GOP they trot out Colin Powell, a man whose failures as Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of State are conveniently forgotten whenever he says anything critical of “his party.” The usual response by the GOP is to deny such charges by trotting out former RNC Chairman Michael Steel, former Congressman Allen West, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice – but that’ s just playing defense since all of these men have been attacked as being “Uncle Toms” or “House N****rs by the Left. So I’m responding the way Republicans should respond.
Challenge Powell to answer any of the following questions:
- Racism is a serious charge and one that is difficult to defend against. What proof do you have to support your statements?
- The Democratic Party, lest we forget, was on the losing side of the Civil War and fought the Civil Rights movement a century later. Has the party been completely purged of these racists in the 40 years since or is it possible there could be a “dark vein of intolerance” and many Democrats who “look down on minorities” ? When you said this were you thinking of anti-Semite and homophobe Chuck Hagel?
- If Republicans are racist, describe how another party could oppose the Democrats without being racist in your view? Similarly, is it possible to oppose the policies of an African-American president and not be racist? If so, how?
- Are the Democrats who fought the re-election of Congressman Allen West racist, or is it only racist if you oppose an African-American Democratic candidate?
- Is it possible that what you are seeing is not an artifact of a particular party but the overall condition of humans in general? Racism isn’t just skin color thing as evidence by tribalism in Africa, ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia and the “Troubles” in Ireland. It also doesn’t explain attacks by African-Americans on African immigrants in Philadelphia, New York and Detroit.
- Am I a racist for disagreeing with you? If so, what if I was black? If my skin color changed, would that make it okay? Should whites only criticize whites and blacks only blacks, you know, separate but equal disagreements? Isn’t that in itself racist, and doesn’t that make you, former Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of State, a racist?