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When Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., soberly said that America was not a racist nation, the mainstream media and Democratic elites questioned how a Black man may specific such a falsehood.  

As a Black conservative, I, like Sen. Scott, agree, and our two lives and the lives of many Black women and men like us live proof that America is certainly now not a racist nation and by far the most effective place to achieve your fullest potential. Look no additional than the larger-than-life legacy of Gen. Colin L. Powell. 

As our nation displays upon Gen. Powell’s life following his tragic dying after issues with COVID-19, this reflection gives reassurance of America’s exceptionalism. Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was a first-generation American born and raised within the Bronx.  


Like Gen. Powell, I too grew up in New York City and got here from Jamaican heritage. Beyond our cultural and adolescent linkage, our means to attain the American Dream whereas being Black resides proof that this dream is alive and effectively and is there for the taking. 

Powell led his life by considered one of his well-known 13 guidelines: No. 4, it may be completed. Regardless of the scenario, he had a imaginative and prescient (rule No. 11). After graduating highschool, Powell achieved a bachelor of science diploma in geology from the City College of New York. He later graduated with an MBA from George Washington University. While at City College, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and would enter the newly desegregated Army as a second lieutenant. 

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From his days within the Pershing Rifles, Powell would lead a rare profession in America’s armed forces, serving in Germany, Vietnam and South Korea, to call just a few of his obligation stations throughout his greater than three-decades-long valiant service.  

During former President Regan’s second time period, Powell turned the fifteenth nationwide safety adviser and the primary Black American to serve on this capability. In his final army project, he turned the twelfth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the youngest and first-ever particular person of Afro-Caribbean descent. 

When you consider Gen. Powell, you consider many phrases, one particularly: trailblazer. He was a person of many firsts, together with the primary Black American to function secretary of state. His service throughout the Bush administration got here a crucial time in American historical past, with the Sept. 11 assaults coming months after the inauguration.  

 My success in enterprise and politics was solely potential by means of the tenacious and intrepid spirit of males like Gen. Powell. 

Throughout his lifetime of public service, many would surprise how anybody may dedicate such time to at least one’s nation. Enter rule No. 13: Perpetual optimism is a drive multiplier. Through all of the ups and downs of his tenure within the armed providers and authorities, Powell remained optimistic about America’s future, and all through all of it, he remained calm and did it with kindness (rule No. 10). 

Some in my get together will dismiss lots of his plain accomplishments resulting from his disappointing fallout with the get together I’m proud to symbolize, however I keep in mind his rule No. 2: get mad, then recover from it. 

Bret Baier reflects on the life and legacy of Colin PowellVideo

Here is a whole listing of his 13 guidelines:

*It ain’t as unhealthy as you suppose. It will look higher within the morning.
*Get mad, then recover from it.
*Avoid having your ego so near your place that when your place falls, your ego goes with it.
*It may be completed.
*Be cautious what you select.
*Don’t let adversarial details stand in the way in which of a great determination.
*You can’t make another person’s decisions.
*Check small issues.
*Share credit score.
*Remain calm. Be sort.
*Have a imaginative and prescient.
*Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
*Perpetual optimism is a drive multiplier. 

The lifetime of Gen. Colin Powell, a Black man in America, is barely potential within the United States of America. While I by no means had the respect of understanding and even assembly him, I genuinely consider that we share this perception.  

As a Black man, a number of generations to his junior, my success in enterprise and politics was solely potential by means of the tenacious and intrepid spirit of males like Gen. Powell. Today, we mourn the lack of a monumental American, however allow us to keep in mind his means to beat obstacles, stay dignified, and dismantle the concept America is an irredeemable nation.  

Gen. Colin L. Powell is the definition of America. If we keep in mind that, America will survive any makes an attempt to remodel essentially the most unbelievable nation identified to man and the headwinds of at this time and tomorrow. 

May he relaxation In everlasting peace.