After Making Blatantly Racist Statement About Poverty, Paul Ryan Defends His Comments

paul-ryan-idiotBeing a racist, or saying racist comments is bad enough.  Defending those comments is even worse.  But that’s exactly what Paul Ryan did following the backlash he’s received about his comments concerning “inner city males not wanting to work” being the real “cultural problem” in our society.

Ryan claims that he didn’t consider race at all when he made these remarks, saying, “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.”

You don’t have to be a political scientist, or study polling data, to know that the vast majority of “inner city males” are African American.  And even if you don’t mean African Americans specifically, it’s minorities in general.

But then when you factor in the reality that Mr. Ryan cited the world of a social scientist Charles Murray, who works for the American Enterprise Institution, it was clear Ryan’s comments were based in racism.  You see, Mr. Murray believes that African American men are less intelligent than white men due to genetic differences.

So let’s see, Ryan didn’t think about race – nor was he being racist – he just cited the work of an individual who believes African American males are inferior to white males?

I hate to break it to Paul Ryan, but when you use coded language for African Americans such as “inner city” coupled with information derived from someone who’s clearly a racist – that’s racist.

It’s just amazing how Republicans continue to claim that they’re not a party of racists, yet it seems like a week doesn’t go by where some Republican politician or conservative media figure makes headlines for saying something racist.

Ryan could have said something along the lines of, “Men living in poverty are often those who simply refuse to work – instead relying on government programs to help them get by.”  You know, all men.  Because “rural” men are probably just as guilty.  But “rural” men are often Republican voters, so we sure don’t want to offend them now, do we?

But no.  Instead he had to focus on “inner city men” which is clearly targeting African American males.  Again, especially when it’s coupled with the fact that he cites information taken from someone who believes that African American males are inferior to white males.

So, either Paul Ryan is a racist or he’s just incredibly incompetent in not understanding that “inner city” is coded language for African American.  Either way, the fact that he’s actually defending these ignorant comments only goes to show that either Ryan is truly a racist or that he’s just completely out of touch.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • david h

    Well his party let their wall street corporate masters close 60,000 factories in one generation and strip 30 million manufacturing middle class jobs from America’s land with those opportunities, to leave the mass majority in all of American cities to compete for low wage service jobs, and after engineering poverty thru policy and stripping and destroying the economic foundations of our families the have the shame to blame the poor for those conditions in our land from their criminal hands, they should be put in military custody and charged with National Economic Security Treason

    • Amy Gravelle

      I remember my father working for Stanley Tools and my mother working as a switchboard operator. We had a good middle class upbringing in the 70’s and 80’s with two parents that only had high school educations. Neither of their jobs exist today.That is what is wrong with our country, not the people these jobs used to employ.

  • John

    Is it me or do Republicans remain silent when it comes to poor whites who live in trailer parks that make the projects look like penthouses?

  • Ram Garcia

    They just can’t help it!! It shows who they really are… As ignorant as the sun rises….Just like curbing fraudulent voting.. We know they’re talking about the minority…They don’t say it, but it’s the truth….Racist issues for racist repugs… As the saying goes, a pig with lipstick is still a pig….

  • MLR

    I don’t know if Paul Ryan is racist but I do believe he used “inner city” on purpose knowing it’s code for African-American males and minorities in general because it’s red meat for the base. I don’t know if Paul Ryan himself is out of touch but his base sure as hell is and people like Paul Ryan need to throw that red meat to keep their base happy and the redder the better. The problem with republicons is that they heavily rely on social issues to excite their base because that’s the only hope they have to win elections because they sure as hell don’t have any fresh and exciting ideas for anything. Eventually this tactic will backfire on them and it can’t happen soon enough. And when it does it will take them by surprise just like the results of the 2012 election did.

    • jillbilly68

      Scare (fear) tactics! It’s the GOP M.O.

  • peter3dogs

    After closing my first Mexican restaurant in 1986,I was selling Mexican food to immigrants & got to know lots of them.They all seemed to be hard workers. I took a vacation & drove down into Mexico . I was surprised to find out that those Mexicans were not very industrious,They preferred not to work so hard.
    The difference seemed to be was in New Jersey Their labor got them a LOT more Money,,
    These Right wing ,part time workers in Congress,[who try to pass themselves off as Americans] who are paid a minimum of $190,000 /yr + benefits ,,,,+Vacation time,,Consistently sell out American Labors ability to earn.If Imports were taxed the way they used to be it would be economically worthwhile to build & create here.All these sellouts in Congress should be forced to work for minimum wage to see how they like it.

  • Mr. Loverman Shaba Ranks

    White males are more scarier then anything walking this earth especially those in the kidnapping rapist pedophile serial killer age range of 21-45.

    • Pipercat

      Come down selecta!

    • Darcy

      your comment sounds more like something we don’t need. Men between the ages of 21-45 arent kidnapping rapist! Rand is playing to his honey pot of money.

  • jillbilly68

    I’m convinced the extreme right wing is doing this (playing stupid) on purpose and using these situations to get ppl worked up and more support from the fearful. Racism is subtly getting worse here and the ones promoting it are hiding behind the lame excuse of “not meaning” to say it.

  • Dawn Hilton Oliveira

    Adding Bill Maher was just wrong. He does not claim to be a liberal and he tells others to not take him seriously, which is something that no conservative said ever. Second, to add him to the list because he is friends with Ann, come on! You can have different political views and still be friends. The parties can’t get along in our government and has not done much at all, so we are supposed to act like that also when we condemn our politicians? It would make us hypocrites!

  • Debrah Johnson

    I know “some” men in the inner city (race doesn’t matter) and they constantly work enough months to get unemployment (pay enough child support to keep out of jail) and then they stay home and play video games until they are in trouble for missing child support payments. They have good technical skills and could work year-round. They just don’t want to work that much. Not all men are that way and not all Republicans (or Democrats) are the same. Maybe it’s time to stop lumping people into categories.

    • KingSnorlax

      I do as well. But I also know “some” rural men who do the same thing.

      Grow up.