Powell on GOP 'Dark Vein of Intolerance'

Watch this: "They still sort of look down on minorities," the former secretary of state said of his own party.

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Colin Powell (Ben Sklar/Getty Images News)

First of all, this is coming from someone who's still a card-carrying member of the GOP. "I'm a moderate, but I'm still a Republican," Colin Powell, who was the first African American to serve as secretary of state, was quick to point out in an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend. But he minced no words calling out what he labeled a "dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," clarifying in plain language: "What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."

Is this a powerful revelation by an African-American insider, or a statement that will be brushed aside because of the very bigotry Powell referenced in his interview?

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