Ron Paul Flunks the R (Racism) Test, For Good Reason

Ron Paul Flunks the R (Racism) Test, For Good Reason

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Things got worse for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul when his rival Newt Gingrich recently called him out for purportedly using racially inflammatory language in official fundraising newsletters during the 1990s. The newsletters in question - Ron Paul’s Political Report and Ron Paul’s Freedom Report - brought in a considerable haul of cash for Paul, a longtime politician and presidential candidate. His half-baked racial scribbles are by now well known: He’s bashed blacks for being chronic welfare grifters, thugs and lousy parents. He has also said black people are inherently racist toward whites.

Following Gingrich’s attacks, Paul issued a terse denial that he authored or even read any of the aforementioned racial slanders. But there is also no evidence that he ever wrote a correction or issued a clarification.

Paul was back at it again in 2008, when he was also running for president. On his campaign website, ronpaul2008.com, Paul spotlighted race as a major issue when he wrote: "Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry." In short, the landmark1954 Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education, the 1964 and 1968 Civil Rights Acts, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and legions of other court decisions and state laws that bar discrimination are, according to Paul, worthless. Going even further than that, Paul has suggested that those laws have promoted bigotry by dividing Americans by race and class.

None of this would have much mattered to Gingrich, or to the mass media, if Paul hadn’t recently polled as a front-runner in the Iowa Caucus.

His kind-of, sort-of, let’s drop the subject dodges to the racism charge are standard Paul, and his protestations seem driven by political timing rather than sincerity. Paul has no choice but to embrace a diverse electorate if he is to have any credibility as a serious presidential contender. But Paul’s past writings and statements are more than likely a reflection of his true sentiment about racial matters.

Paul’s boast that he would not have voted for the landmark 1964 civil rights bill that's been the law of the land for nearly six decades is a textbook case in point.

Paul's rap against the bill is just as absurd and tortured as the rap that Southern Democrats and Northern GOP conservatives who bottled the bill up for more than a year in Congress used to pretty up their opposition to it: It violated property rights.

Paul, nearly six decades after those efforts failed, has had to deny those allegations in recent interviews: “I'm for property rights and for state's rights, and therefore I'm a racist? That's just outlandish."

The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment wiped away the bogus claim that property rights trump racial discrimination, a century before Paul and Jim Crow maintenance proponents used this ploy to torpedo the civil rights bill. Yet linking the anti-civil rights position directly to the old property rights canard fits neatly into the stock libertarian argument that the best thing government can do is stay out of the affairs of private citizens and private business. It’s a philosophy that claims the root of America's woes -- bloated spending, soaring deficits, congressional gridlock, crippling energy dependence, massive tax disparities, the drug plague and even America's wars abroad are the result of top heavy government interference and intrusion in the lives of Americans.

Paul also knows that spicing up the horribly distorted Jeffersonian principle of limited government with race has broad implications for scrapping regulations on environmental and civil liberties and consumer protections, gutting regulations to prevent corporate abuses, and of course, slashing funding or eliminating government health services, education, welfare and labor law.

At the end of the day, Paul’s seemingly anti-establishment, anti-party, maverick position plays well with the legions of frustrated, disgusted and enraged Republican rank and filers and Libertarians who are desperate to have an alternative to the field of GOP establishment-anointed presidential contenders.

Paul could be magnanimous and apologize for his racist rants, while deftly deflecting blame to someone else and telling the press to get over it and talk about the “substantive” issues. But why would he? The dredging up of the newsletters gave him what he wanted. He is now nearly a household name and a viable force in the GOP. A slash and burn assault on government, even when it’s race tinged, doesn’t hurt Paul one bit. It gets media and public attention, draws denunciations from his defenders as hitting below the belt, and solicits quiet cheers from the multitudes that happen to agree with Paul, his suspect views on race notwithstanding.

In other words, Paul flunks the Racism Test, for good reason.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst, a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network, the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, and a regular correspondent for New America Media. He hosts the weekly Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour on KTYM Radio Los Angeles streamed on ktym.com, podcast on blogtalkradio.com and on thehutchinsonreportnews.com.  You can follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson


 

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Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

All of this is false! Ron Paul verified that he did not write those racial slurs! Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE LOOKING OUT FOR MINORITIES! HE HAS POINTED OUT THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS! HE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT! BAD REPORTING! Ron Paul 2012!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

All of this is false! Ron Paul verified that he did not write those racial slurs! Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE LOOKING OUT FOR MINORITIES! HE HAS POINTED OUT THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS! HE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT! BAD REPORTING! Ron Paul 2012!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

All of this is false! Ron Paul verified that he did not write those racial slurs! Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE LOOKING OUT FOR MINORITIES! HE HAS POINTED OUT THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS! HE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT! BAD REPORTING! Ron Paul 2012!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

All of this is false! Ron Paul verified that he did not write those racial slurs! Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE LOOKING OUT FOR MINORITIES! HE HAS POINTED OUT THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS! HE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT! BAD REPORTING! Ron Paul 2012!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

All of this is false! Ron Paul verified that he did not write those racial slurs! Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE LOOKING OUT FOR MINORITIES! HE HAS POINTED OUT THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS! HE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT! BAD REPORTING! Ron Paul 2012!

Jaayy

Posted Dec 27 2011

A Ron Paul presidency means that tens of thousands of African American men will be returning to their families, communities and churches. They can begin working and re-building their lives. That is revolutionary! That is precisely what will happen if Ron Paul is serious about ending the Drug War and pardoning non-violent drug offenders.

A Ron Paul presidency means that the bombs and drone missiles will stop dropping on Arabs, Africans, and Asians.

A Ron Paul presidency means that the Federal government will no longer threaten the interests of gays who want to pursue marriage in their respective states.

No Republican or Democrat (not even Obama) is promising these things; they neutralize the “Ron Paul is a racist” charge, and they expose Obama (and the GOP) for the damage they have allowed the War on Drugs to do to African American communities.

Jaayy

Posted Dec 27 2011

A Ron Paul presidency means that tens of thousands of African American men will be returning to their families, communities and churches. They can begin working and re-building their lives. That is revolutionary! That is precisely what will happen if Ron Paul is serious about ending the Drug War and pardoning non-violent drug offenders.

A Ron Paul presidency means that the bombs and drone missiles will stop dropping on Arabs, Africans, and Asians.

A Ron Paul presidency means that the Federal government will no longer threaten the interests of gays who want to pursue marriage in their respective states.

No Republican or Democrat (not even Obama) is promising these things; they neutralize the “Ron Paul is a racist” charge, and they expose Obama (and the GOP) for the damage they have allowed the War on Drugs to do to African American communities.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

I am a Paul fan, but I will say this blog has one issue correct. The "racist" accusations will actually help Paul. #1) Blacks will not vote for him anyway (& are not currently polling for him) #2) Those who already support him are solidly loyal and will overlook these unfound accusations. #3) Ron Pual will actually pick up votes from racist whites, closeted or not.

Once Fox News realizes their ploy isn't working, they will shut off the attention instantly. MSNBC, not so much; at least until they realize Ron Paul is actually a bigger threat than Romney.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

White man would have no power without his love for Hate&racisms.The blood that empowers him.There is no end to American hate.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

""At the end of the day, Paul’s seemingly anti-establishment, anti-party, maverick position plays well with the legions of frustrated, disgusted and enraged Republican rank and filers and Libertarians who are desperate to have an alternative to the field of GOP establishment-anointed presidential contenders.""

At least you had one factual paragraph in the article

BTW the head of the NAACP in Austin Texas said Ron Paul was definitely not a racist

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

Yahoo news has been running so many anti Ron Paul articles! here's why; The Chairman of Yahoo is Roy Bostock.... who is ALSO the Chairman for Partnership of a Drug Free America!(funded by big alcohol and tobacco of course!) which is an anti drug legalization propaganda machine in bed with our governments "drug war" (read about Chip Tatum) Ron Paul wants to legalize drugs ending the "drug war" Also legalizing cannabis would probably hurt the bottom dollar of big alcohol and tobacco too. So for numerous reasons ol' Roy Bostock has a bit of a conflict of interests when it comes to ethical journalism and his other Chairman functions when it comes to Ron Paul. Thus the Yahoo joins the likes of Rupert Murdoch in a clear and blatant campaign to Smear Ron Paul.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 28 2011

Ron Paul will make a great president, certainly better than either of our last two.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 3 2012

Not only does Ron Paul's position play "well with the legions of frustrated, disgusted and enraged Republican rank and filers and Libertarians", his anti-war position is an elixir to a nation spent on the neocon's endless war. The impossibility of Ron Paul ending the aggression of American empire betrays the lunacy of Paul supporters and seductees. Instead, Paul's libertarian demolition of (common) welfare government will proceed, must proceed, TINA. The libertarians, should Paul be elected, will get their own great betrayal, as every partisan does in this decadent culture.

But libertarians won't wake from their ridiculous, archaic, trances. A subversive Great Liberator is simultaneously too seductive and incredible; those who don't succumb to his charms must insist that he's simply a pusher.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 3 2012

Not only does Ron Paul's position play "well with the legions of frustrated, disgusted and enraged Republican rank and filers and Libertarians", his anti-war position is an elixir to a nation spent on the neocon's endless war. The impossibility of Ron Paul ending the aggression of American empire betrays the lunacy of Paul supporters and seductees. Instead, Paul's libertarian demolition of (common) welfare government will proceed, must proceed, TINA. The libertarians, should Paul be elected, will get their own great betrayal, as every partisan does in this decadent culture.

But libertarians won't wake from their ridiculous, archaic, trances. A subversive Great Liberator is simultaneously too seductive and incredible; those who don't succumb to his charms must insist that he's simply a pusher.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 4 2012

that funny i thing im racist for a good reason

Anonymous

Posted Jan 13 2012

Ron Paul didn't right these. Look at Gingrich if you want true bigoted racism . . . and sexism, and pretty much every other form of bigotry. See the Daily Show's "Black to the Future" segment from 01/12/12 for a good collection.

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