Day of Shame Links #7
A Poetic Justice suggests giving peace a chance.
For Alan Perlman, AKA "The Jewish Atheist," the Day of Shame doesn't quite bring on a peaceful, easy feeling. He sees Powell as "a magnificent example of affirmative action run amok."
When asked about his, IMHO, provocative statements about the role of race in Powell's career, Dr. Perlman replied thusly:
Please know that there is no stronger defender of civil rights than I. I wrote a tribute to Dr. King on his birthday. Upon reflection, I stand by my statements: Powell gave me no reason to respect his intellect or talents. Both white and Black people do evaluate skin tone and speech patterns. There is reason to question why and how he got as high as he did.
That said, he was not alone in allowing the Iraq War. Unquestioning obedience knows no color or gender.
I love equality; I hate preferences and double standards. As long as these stand, the achievements of many Black people will be tainted.
I am merely reporting my perspective based on my observations. If anyone wants to write to me with a list of Powell's writings, original thoughts and creative accomplishments (not just awards people gave him, but substantive achievements), I would be happy to reconsider my words.