The Guardian reported on Sunday that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged President Barack Obama to speak out more on issues of race and called the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case "questionable."
During an interview on "Face the Nation," Powell said that while the Martin case certainly garnered a great deal of publicity and media attention, he is doubtful that it will remain in public consciousness.
I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgement on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don't if it will have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they're forgotten.
Powell also said that despite the numerous race issues still prevalent in today's society, a lot has been accomplished since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. Powell also encouraged Obama and other leaders in the country, both black and white, to speak out more on racial bias and the nation's history of racial injustice.
Powell's interview coincided with a weekend that marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Powell discussed how the civil rights leader would view the current state of affairs.
If Dr. King was here, I'm quite sure he would say, 'Congratulations on all the progress that's been made, but let's keep going. The dream is not fully achieved yet.'
Like Dr. King, Powell has also been an integral part of the United States' racial history. He was the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and formally endorsed Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential election.