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#15 Ron Paul is NOT A RACIST. He would do MORE for people of color than Obama

September 16, 2012

Whenever someone takes on the corporate/political establishment they can expect to be character assassinated. The easiest way is to label that person a terrorist, a racist, an anti-Semite if they take issue with Israeli government, and so on. Ron Paul is usually accused of the later two, although he’s no stranger to being called a -terrorist sympathizer-. I don’t like the Israeli government, and I don’t like my own government either, so I guess that makes me an unpatriotic anti-Semite, since people are their governments and all. Please…

Ron Paul has been fighting against the military industrial complex since the 1960s, and there have been endless efforts to sabotage his career in this way. The most widely known instance of this was when someone in his staff included a racially suggestive comment in one of his newsletters several decades ago. Yet in all of this time, none of the allegations that he was aware of the article have ever stuck, because they were 100% untrue. Paul was not the author of the articles in the numerous news letters published under his name during campaigns, and he certainly has never had time to read all of them. It was bad management on his part, which he has admitted and accepted responsibility for, while denouncing the language entirely. In all of the decades that he’s served in congress he has never even uttered such remarks, but if anyone still wants more clarity on the subject you can read the details on his official site:, or listen to him respond to the allegations directly in numerous web interviews.

The other favorite way to mischaracterize him in this regard is citing his highly controversial opposition to a bill celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Of course this sounds horrifying to people like me on the surface, but those who use this attack rarely look into his actual reasoning, which is that the Civil Rights Act was basically the government cleaning up its own mess of hatred, violence and discrimination, and then bragging about it, as if they had something to do with the progress we’ve seen, or have helped to create racial harmony.

We don’t have to go into how the united states government used poor rural blacks as guinea pigs in STD experiments, where the subjects would UNKNOWINGLY contract diseases, so we could study the effects of what would happen when they went UNTREATED, but that’s something that went on all the way up until 1970s. The patients were promised free healthcare to participate in medical studies, without any knowledge of the diseases they were contracting (research the Tuskegee Experiments). But aside from that, most seem to forget that segregation actually CAME FROM the government in the form of Jim Crow LAWS, and integration first occurred independently, as we saw in sports for example.

He points out how federal government exploits the Civil Rights Acts to control private businesses, forcing them to adhere to racial standards and quotas. While that doesn’t sound ill-intentioned, it ultimately opens the door to further infringement, creates more racial strife and interferes with the progress that would occur allowing businesses to succeed and fail based on doing things the right or wrong ways.

If a business is discriminating against its employees or customers you can bet that business is going to fall apart very fast, ASSUMING the government isn’t helping that business or interfering in any way. The real way to promote racial harmony in Paul’s view would have been to repeal all racist segregation LAWS and use the government to protect civil liberties. These are the actions that most effectively support change; along with the nonaggression and peaceful protest methods of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, as Paul points out. He would like the Civil Rights Act exist under this pretense. Protect freedom. Let the people bring change.

Protecting individual freedom and property rights, allows this to happen, even while it also allows people to be indecent or racist. It brings people together rather than dividing them in the long run, because it allows us the freedom to lead by example in our society, and influence change by exercising the right to speak out and boycott.

Paul tried explaining this once to Lawrence O’Donnell once on his program (following a furry of baseless attacks that made him sound flustered and defensive), to which he responded with a blank stare, followed by the usual anchor mechanism: something like, “Congressman Paul, I admire your foreign policy, but I think you could be a little more clear about civil rights.” That’s not an exact quote but if you watch the interview, it’s practically verbatim as he ends the interview, but not before Paul remarks that “real progressives understand [him]” even if he doesn’t (Nice one, Ron. That interview marked the end of my love affair with the mainstream media).

The third prong in the Ron Paul race card if you will, is the fact that he doesn’t believe that the Civil War was necessary. But as I previously mentioned, his point is that we could have been like other countries and ended slavery without war, and the war itself was about business and politics. Not ending slavery…

What is far more important than the attacks against Paul on this issue is the fact that he is the only somewhat candidate who wants to take real steps to reduce STRUCTURAL RACISM and inequality. Being the strongest protector of civil liberties makes him the strongest opponent of inequality, and I haven’t heard ANYONE speak more passionately about the inequalities under the judicial system and the drug war, noting that they lead to the imprisonment and execution of an absolutely appalling disproportionate number of blacks.

Paul wants to release all non-violent drug offenders from prison so they can go home to their families, and create the conditions that would allow them to get out of poverty. He wants to break the endless cycle of violence and crime that has plagued people of color for too long. He wants the economy to be on side of poor people, the majority of whom are not white, so that their no-longer stuck choosing between dealing drugs and fighting in wars.  That is the kind of racial progress I think we would all like to see in our country.


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