Colin Powell, former Army Chief of Staff and Secretary of State under President George Bush, has always been noted as an individual who never displays emotion or anger when discussing issues of race. It was rather unusual for him to publicly comment on an issue dealing with African Americans, but he offered an opinion regardng the George Zimmerman murder of Trayvon Martin. He told CBS that such incidents “blaze across the midnight sky” only to be forgotten. He commented how his life as a black skin person has changed since days when he could not purchase a hamburger. But, he added, “I don’t think we will truly appreciate the impact of the Zimmerman verdict until 10 or 20 years hence.”
The Zimmerman murder is simply the dying gasp of those who practice hatred and prejudice. Eventually, they will be forgotten.