J. Hunter ― Colin Powell and the “Dark Vein” of Intolerance
Colin Powell irked Republicans on Sunday with comments he made during his appearance on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. Asked about his years’ old professions about racism in the GOP, Powell said that he still sees a “dark vein” of intolerance in some parts of the Republican Party. This assertion comes on the same weekend of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Selma that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Each of these points represent perfectly aligned stars forming the constellation “Teachable Moment” for every Republican to see. Getting Republicans to look skyward, though, can be a difficult task.
The “dark vein” Powell sees happens not to be a vein at all—it is, in fact, the Optic Nerve. Republicans hasten to rebut Powell’s assertion in our usual fashion, by noting that the first black elected to the Senate since Reconstruction is Republican Tim Scott; that blacks fared far better under George W. Bush than they are currently, under President Barack Obama. Ironically, these statements about the GOP’s race problem come from the first black Secretary of State who served under Mr. Bush and was succeeded by the second black to hold that position—Condoleeza Rice. Substantive Republican apologetics can continue (ad nauseum), but they fail at attacking the problem at its root—Republicans fail miserably at optics.