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Powell: Martin Verdict ‘Questionable’



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Former secretary of state Colin Powell says the Trayvon Martin verdict was “questionable.”

“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgement on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it’ll have staying power,” Powell said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “These cases come along, they blaze across the midnight sky, and then, after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”

Powell also urged President Obama to “be more passionate about race relations.”

“In my lifetime, over a long career in public life, I’ve been refused access to restaurants where I couldn’t eat, even though I just came back from Vietnam,” he recalled. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, he added, was a step forward, but “we’re not there yet.”

“We’ve got to keep working on it,” 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.”



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