Colin Powell is against certain kinds of racism. Like the vile racism of calling a top politician “lazy“. But conspiracy theories about a “Jewish Lobby” are perfectly fine.
“There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”
Powell also pointed to former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, who was an aggressive surrogate for Mitt Romney, for calling Obama “lazy” after the first debate during the campaign.
Clearly that’s the worst case of racism, since the time someone called Obama “stupid” or “Socialist” or “incompetent” or criticized him in any way.
But conspiracy theories about Jewish control of the government are nothing to take seriously.
GREGORY: You brought up Israel. He referred to a “Jewish lobby,” saying it intimidates a lot of people on Capitol Hill. What kind of thinking does that reflect? Can you understand pro-Israel senators being concerned by that comment?
POWELL: They shouldn’t be that concerned. That term slips out from time to time… Chuck should have said “Israeli lobby,” not “Jewish lobby”–and, perhaps, he needs to write on a blackboard a hundred times, “It is the Israeli lobby.”
Everyone makes a slip sometimes. So long as it’s nothing big. If Hagel had said something truly offensive, like calling Obama lazy, that would be something to be truly concerned about.
Some “slips” are pardonable. Some “slips” are unpardonable. “Lazy” is proof that the entire Republican Party is a bunch of evil racists. Except for Chuck Hagel who isn’t a racist, but thinks the Jews should stop controlling the world.
As Lou Reed said to Jesse Jackson, “The words that flow so freely/Falling dancing from your lips/I hope that you don’t cheapen them/With a racist slip.”