Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took to the Sunday morning talk shows over the weekend to share his thoughts on the growing conflict in Syria, the 50th anniversary in the March on Washington, and race relations in America.
Although Powell is a Republican, he backed President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but has called on the President to be more outspoken on race.
Though Powell concedes America has made great progress, the first Black Secretary of State explained, “If Dr. King was here, I’m quite sure he would say, `Congratulations on all the progress that’s been made, but let’s keep going. The dream is not fully achieved yet.”
During his appearance on “Face the Nation,” Powell was asked about his opinion on the Trayvon Martin case. While the former chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff called the verdict “questionable,” he said he hopes the activism surrounding the case does not simply fade over time.
“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” Powell said. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”
Although President Obama delivered very heartfelt remarks after the verdict, explaining that he could have been Trayvon Martin when he was 17, Powell called on Mr. Obama to continue to further the conversation about race in America.
“I’d like to see him be more passionate about race questions,” Powell said. “For the president to speak out on it is appropriate. I think all leaders, black and white, should speak out on this issue.”