Trayvon Martin Case, CBS’ “Face the Nation” looked back at the 1963 March on Washington, but Bob Schieffer wanted to know what the fallout from the Trayvon Martin case will be.
“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,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell said. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”
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Powell said he would like Barack Obama to speak more passionately on race issues, as the president did several times after George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Powell spoke of the discrimination he has faced.
“In my lifetime, over a long career in public life, you know, I’ve been refused access to restaurants where I couldn’t eat, even though I just came back from Vietnam. ‘We can’t give you a hamburger, come back some other time,’ ” Powell said. “And I did, right after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, I went right back to that same place and got my hamburger, and they were more than happy to serve me now. It removed a cross from their back, but we’re not there yet. We’re not there yet. And so we’ve got to keep working on it. And for the president to speak out on it is appropriate. I think all leaders, black and white, should speak out on this issue.”