WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – General Colin Powell says the Hillary Clinton campaign “has been trying to pin it on me.”
The former Secretary of State gave an interview to People magazine where he rejected Hillary Clinton’s efforts over the past year to try and justify her email scandal by comparing him to her.
I call this Clinton tactic the new blackface and I’ll explain why shortly.
Powell was speaking at an event Saturday in East Hampton, New York and according to People magazine and the New York Post. He disavowed Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Contradicting her account of an event with other secretaries of state and significance of his email memo to her making him the inspiration for her email set-up.
The former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush suggested that Clinton was using private email long before he communicated with her about the subject. “The truth is, she was using (the private email server) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell said.
Powell, who endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 and 2012, has not yet made a formal endorsement in the 2016 presidential election.
Asked why he thought Clinton had named him in her defense of the email controversy, he replied, “Why do you think?” “It doesn’t bother me. But it’s okay; I’m free,” Powell said.
The new Blackface
Blackface, historically, is a form of theatrical makeup used by non-Black performers to represent a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”.
Today, I the blackface is the fully undue invocation of someone or a people of color, by a white person, for the purposes of passing blame, but more significantly for gaining sympathy by appealing to a deep-seeded liberal prejudice that “black” should not be held to the same standards as “white”. It’s what former President George Bush brilliantly called, “the soft bigotry of low expectations”.
I write to some examples of the Clintons using this tactic in my article, “Bigotry Pattern: In a rut, Hillary Clinton puts on blackface“.