Being 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.
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