Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dead at the age of 84


This hits hard.

Will never forget this

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16 Responses to Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dead at the age of 84

  1. eliihass says:

    May he Rest In Peace.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Randi White (@RandiWhite) tweeted at 7:10 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Powell is quite literally the only Republican I had respect for and remaining for.

    DEFINITELY the only Black Republican with respect for himself and his people.

    I’ve watched him since I was a child.

    This is rough.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Lindy Li (@lindyli) tweeted at 3:40 PM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    84-yr-old Colin Powell had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that makes vaccines ineffective. His immune system was shot

    So of course anti-vaxxers conveniently omit this fact and the media buries it for clicks

    In fact he probably got Covid from some jerk who wouldn’t mask or vax

  4. rikyrah says:

    Terry Watkins Jr. 💛💜⚖️ (@TerryWatkinsJr1) tweeted at 8:40 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Colin Powell was fully vaccinated
    but was diagnosed with multiple myeloma: a blood/bone marrow cancer that destroys your bodies ability to fight infections.

    Take the vaccine so immunocompromised who can’t bare the diseases effects don’t die.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Another good tribute:

    GOVCHRIS1988 • 7 minutes ago

    Colin Powell was the first black man I ever saw as a General when I was little. I mean three to four years old little. I have never grown up thinking that our black men couldn’t be more than just a private in the U.S. Army. He was the reason why I had two uncles fight in the Persian-Gulf War. Seeing him, in command, having his advice and counsel taken seriously by white men was amazing. We could get into the weeds about Iraq and Afghanistan and how he aided in getting us in, but I’m always perplexed by people who have more heat for him, President Biden, Secretary Clinton, over George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Hell, we’ve seen more anger at Forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama for just hugging the motherfucker. Yeah, folks are more angry at Democrats and folks that actually endorsed Democrats over a 12 year period over those two. Ain’t it uncanny?

    Maybe people don’t want to hear apologies about it, but he’s basically the only one of prominence from the Bush/Cheney administration who did. He also did this in 2008.

    When Colin Powell endorsed then Senator Barack Obama –

    This was THE most important endorsement. This woke enough of white America up and said, ok, we will vote for this man to be our commander in chief. I also loved that he talked about the late Corporal Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, who valiantly gave his life for his country, showing that so many of us love this country, in spite of it sometimes not loving us back. Some might be surprised at some black Americans saying a prayer, shedding a tear and mourning the General. Yes, Colin Powell was a Republican, but unlike so many of the black Republicans standing today, he never shied away from his blackness, nor did he feel embarrassed by it, that being black was a blessing, not a curse and that it was a part of him and that his political beliefs did not come first before that. He supported Republican Presidents, but did not worship them or believe them infallible, nor did he believe himself as infallible. He was man enough to say he was wrong, when he knew his own party would revile him. I actually admire that quality and wish so many of his party members had it. Maybe it would make them more likable, more competitive, more American.

    Rest in Peace, General Powell.

    I am looking for the clip about Corporal Khan. I cry everytime that I see that clip.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Found at another blog:

    jziglar • an hour ago • edited
    RIP Colin Powell.

    The man was a groundbreaking figure. First black National Security Advisor, first black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first black Secretary of State. He broke some serious barriers and he was a staunch advocate for civil rights and equality. He was a black republican of the old school (which doesn’t really exist anymore) in the mold of another groundbreaking black figure Edward Brooke. His biggest mistake and regret was going along with the UN presentation for war in Iraq in 2003 which was drawn up by Dick Cheney and other Iraq/Saddam obsessed advisors in the W Bush administration, and filled with a lot of old and not credible intelligence. He didn’t believe that the planned Iraq invasion in 2003 made strategic sense and that it could come back to bite the country. He was a pragmatist when it came to foreign policy and he fit in well with the Bush Sr. foreign policy inner circle which had like minded people like Brent Scowcroft.

    The thing about Powell is that he always stood up for the black community and never tried to attack or demean the black community. He wasn’t afraid to talk about racism and call it out, and he honestly cared about improving the black community. He was a proud black man who served this country with honor. He will be missed. When I heard the news it felt like losing an uncle in my family. That’s how much of a big deal Colin Powell was.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Sam from Delacroix, LA (@Kennymack1971) tweeted at 7:16 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Yeah….I’m not going to be in any mood to debate Colin Powell’s legacy. I get Iraq and all that but I respected the General. A good man who carried himself with the respect and dignity that today’s Republicans wish they had. I didn’t have to agree with everything he did. RIP.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾 (@KwikWarren) tweeted at 7:16 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    I don’t need anybody saying anything negative about General Colin Powell today. This military veteran proudly salutes his service and sacrifice. May he Rest In Peace.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Chanteezy 💛♉️ (@iamchanteezy) tweeted at 7:52 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    I may not always agreed with Colin Powell on his political stances. However, he was a man with dignity and class. I pray for his family. May he Rest In Peace. #RIPColinPowell

  10. rikyrah says:

    🌈MercuryIsInRetroGayFruitkace (@FruitKace) tweeted at 7:23 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    RIP General Colin Powell. 💔 Breakthrough cases are real (although deaths from breakthrough are very low) & that’s why I’m still very cautious as to not bring it home to my fully vaccinated mom/fam. Stay safe y’all & keep one another safe.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Sugar N Grits (@ArrogantNBlack) tweeted at 7:17 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Colin Powell was fully vaccinated. Don’t let ya unvaccinated cousins come around mama nem.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Molly (@mememoreme) tweeted at 8:45 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    This is why getting vaccinated to protect the immunocompromised is huge F’ing deal. I have a sister with MS who got a booster and is still careful as hell.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    It will be impossible to replace Gen. Colin Powell. He was a tremendous personal friend and mentor to me, and there’s a hole in my heart right now as I think about his loss. My thoughts and prayers today are with his family, and I want them to know I will miss him dearly.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Candidly Tiff: Learn Civics 📚📖 (@tify330) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    If you have family or friends who are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions please remind them to get a booster shot if they are eligible.

    I got my booster + flu shot yesterday at CVS, made an appt online Saturday night and got it done yesterday. So easy!

  15. rikyrah says:


    Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) tweeted at 8:01 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Fox hosts already using Colin Powell’s death to question governments’ vaccine mandates. Say fully vaccinated deaths mean we need more “truth”… implying and perpetuating a massive conspiracy theory, basically.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Tim Requarth (@timrequarth) tweeted at 8:31 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
    Yes, Colin Powell was vaccinated. But he also had blood cancer, which devastates the immune system.

    What his tragic death illustrates isn’t the futility of vaccines but the importance of everyone else getting vaccinated to protect society’s most vulnerable.

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