There’s a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the [Republican Party]… What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. When I see former governor [Sarah Palin] say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin,’ that’s a racial era slave-term.
[Gov. John Sununu] didn’t say Obama was slow, he was tired, or 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 it…
I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically, and if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re going to be in trouble.”
—Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on NBC’s Meet the Press