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Posted: 10/9/2002 9:09:12 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Harry Belafonte lashed out at Secretary of State Colin Powell in a racially charged radio interview, likening the former general to a plantation slave who had sold out his principles "to come into the house of the master." Belafonte, 75, who has long been outspoken on civil rights and other political issues, leveled his criticism at Powell during an appearance on Tuesday on a morning talk show airing on AM station KFMB in San Diego. A partial transcript of his remarks, and a link to a recording of the interview, were posted Wednesday on the radio station's Web site ([url]http://www.760kfmb.com[/url]). The entertainer, who like Powell is a black man of Jamaican descent, criticized the secretary when asked by radio host Ted Leitner whether he thought Powell had taken a low profile as the Bush administration pressed its case against Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. Powell initially had been seen as a leading proponent in the administration for seeking U.N. support for any military force against Iraq as opposed to unilateral action by the United States. "There's an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and were those slaves that lived in the house," Belafonte said. "You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master ... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. "Colin Powell's committed to come into the house of the master," the performer continued. "When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture." Belafonte went on to suggest that Powell's presence in the Bush cabinet amounted to racial tokenism, saying, "What Colin Powell serves is to give the illusion that the Bush cabinet is a diverse cabinet, made up of people of color ... when in fact none of that is what is true."
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--- And Powell's dignified response ---
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell lashed back at singer Harry Belafonte on Wednesday for remarks likening the former general to a plantation slave who curries favor "to come into the house of the master." Appearing on a segment of CNN's "Larry King Live," Powell said he was "very proud to be serving" President Bush and called the racially charged criticism leveled at him by Belafonte "unfortunate." "If Harry had wanted to attack my politics, that was fine. If he wanted to attack a particular position I hold, that was fine," Powell said, according to a transcript of his remarks. "But to use a slave reference, I think, is ... a throwback to another time and another place that I wish Harry had thought twice about using."
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Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:15:36 PM EDT
Decorated veteren > random entertainer
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:17:03 PM EDT
Well now, let's see......... Colin Powell rose through the ranks of the US Army to become CJC, even though he never finished high school.... Harry belafonte's greatest claim to fame is a song about guys harvesting bananas........ I value Harry B's opinion like I value a case of the clap.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:18:11 PM EDT
No matter what the issue, it's always a "Black" thing with some people. Harry Belafonte was a singer and actor. Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. I doubt that Gen. Powell is promoting the party line these days, he has actually been to the middle east and has made a lot of friends there. But what he has to say interests me far more than what Harry has to say.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:20:17 PM EDT
What Belafuckup was trying to say is that Colin Powell is an "Uncle Tom" Interesting perspective considering the movie he made about a white woman and a black man. I think it was [i]Look at who is coming to dinner[/i]? Belafuckup has shown his true racist colors.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:22:15 PM EDT
What? Harry is married to a WHITE woman! He's one to talk!
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:42:23 PM EDT
Yeah, yeah, the black "leaders" constantly scream that more blacks need to be elavated to positions of leadership in American society. Then, when one, or two, or six hundred get there, they are labeled " Uncle Toms". Sounds to me like the blacks need some new leaders, real bad.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 9:50:22 PM EDT
Most black people I know don't use the word "slave" when speaking this colloquialism. They typically use the "N" word in it's place. Harry Belafonte is essentially calling SS Powell an "N" word and most white people do not realize it.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 10:58:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2002 11:01:14 PM EDT by pbrstreetgang]
Originally Posted By Magic: Interesting perspective considering the movie he made about a white woman and a black man. I think it was [i]Look at who is coming to dinner[/i]?
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Link Posted: 10/9/2002 11:05:52 PM EDT
Hey Harry!!! "Jealousy will get you nowhere!"
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:33:09 AM EDT
There is a quick vote poll in the lower right corner of the CNN main page. There is no real need to view it, just FYI. Did Harry Belafonte cross the line in his comments about Colin Powell? [url]http://www.cnn.com/[/url]
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