Black people have gotten the short end of the stick, here in America. I don’t mind making such a bold statement and I hope one and all will agree. Now, there’s not much a failed blog of a website can do to address historical injustices – heck, I’m not sure there’s anything anyone can do, short of inventing a time machine, but messing about with a time machine will open up a hen house’s worth of problems all on its own, so that won’t work – but we’re gonna try.
As part of our commitment to diversity, we will honor a different Black human being every day of February. Kicking things off, a look at none other than Colin Powell. We’ll let Wikipedia do most of the work because that’s easier.
First off, he was the first black person ever to be Secretary of State. That’s an important position!! There haven’t been many of those over the years and he was the first black dude ever to be one. A trails! Let me turn to Wikipedia for a moment:
During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first of two consecutive black office-holders to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.
I don’t know much about Army but I think that’s impressive. I also didn’t know he was Jamaican, that’s cool!
As a military strategist, Powell advocated an approach to military conflicts that maximizes the potential for success and minimizes casualties. A component of this approach is the use of overwhelming force, which he applied to Operation Desert Storm in 1991. His approach has been dubbed the “Powell Doctrine”.
He he has a doctrine named after him!!!! You’ll also note that the Gulf War was a big win for ‘Merica!
Hey, look at all these medals and stuff he won:
He also also did stuff with the most recent Iraq War.
Powell, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, dropped the ceremonial first puck at a New York Islanders ice hockey game at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2008. On November 11, 2008, Powell again dropped the puck in recognition of Military Appreciation Day and Veterans Day.
Dropping the puck at a hockey game in Long Island must’ve been a moment he’ll never forget, I know I won’t!