Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is a Republican, appeared on NBC's 'Meet the Press' today where he claimed there was a “dark vein of intolerance” in the Republican party (video below), reports ThinkProgress.org.
Powell said: “When we see that in one more generation that the minorities of America, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans, will be the majority of the country, you can’t go around saying, ‘We don’t want to have a solid immigration policy, we’re going to dismiss the 47 percent, we are going to make it hard for the minorities to vote,’ as they did in the last election.”
“There is also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. 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."
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"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?"