Colin Powell: 'Dark Vein Of Intolerance' Still Exists In GOP

| by Sean Kelly
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In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that he still sees the "dark vein of intolerance" in the GOP that he referred to in 2013. 

Powell, the country's first African American Secretary of State, spoke to Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week the day after the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, and offered his insights on race in the U.S.

"I still see it," Powell said of the "dark vein" he'd previously spoke of in statements made in 2013. "I still see it in the Republican Party and I still see it in other parts of our country. You don't have to be a Republican to be touched by this dark vein. 

"We've come a long way, but there's a long way to go," Powell added. "And we have to change the hearts and minds of Americans. And I see progress, especially in the younger generation."

The anniversary of Bloody Sunday was marked on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma on Saturday by a highly-praised and significant speech by President Obama, who was joined at the ceremony by former President George W. Bush as well as Georgia Representative John Lewis. Lewis was one of many who were brutally beaten during the march in Selma in 1965.

"We've made enormous progress. If we hadn't made progress, [President Obama] wouldn't have been standing there, Eric Holder wouldn't have been with him and I wouldn't be here right now," Powell said. "But we still now have hurdles that we have to get over."

Powell also commented on the recent Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. The report detailed disturbing incidents of racial bias amongst officers and city officials, including emails that used racial slurs and one that even referred to President Obama as a chimpanzee.

"I was shocked but not that surprised, frankly, George. I know these things have existed in other parts of our country," Powell told Stephanopoulos. "This shouldn't have been that great a surprise to any of us. But it's not throughout the country."

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