Back during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, racially charged letters surfaced from the 80’s that were directly linked to a newsletter Ron Paul was putting out at the time. While these newsletters contained many examples of racism and even homophobia, to this day Paul denies having anything to do with the racially charged rhetoric that was published under his name.
Yeah, anyone who buys that story is either naive or simply a “Paulbot” who refuses to accept that he’s lying. While he might not have written all of these letters (some were written in the first person by Paul), it’s completely absurd to believe that this kind of racist language was being used in a newsletter linked to his company and he had no idea that it was going on – especially with his name being directly tied to all of it.
But be that as it may, Paul cannot deny the recent comments he made where he said that our Congressional Black Caucus opposes war not because they’re morally against violence, but because they want that money to go toward food stamps.
“I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not,” Paul said. “They are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.”
To say that any group would oppose war simply because they wanted more money for food stamps is ignorant in and of itself. Although I think there’s a case to be made that when we have starving children in this country, our money might best be served nation building here as opposed to in another country.
But for him to single out the Black Caucus specifically is just blatantly racist. I have no idea what the heck he was thinking when he said this. Living in Texas, one of the most openly racist stereotypes that exists among many conservatives I encounter is that “African-Americans are just lazy moochers living off welfare.” But you don’t have to believe me, just ask Republican Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday who recently said he opposed more funding for elementary schools because in the town where he was from, “all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”
Oh, and let’s not forget House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise’s attendance at a white supremacist event with which the GOP didn’t seem to have any issues.
While Paul’s comments lacked the type of descriptive ignorance that Alday’s exhibited, the message he was perpetuating was more or less exactly the same.
I keep going back to the saying that while not all conservatives are racists, most racists are conservatives. When people within your party continue to defend the Confederate flag; are constantly caught saying overtly racist things; and seem to feel that a president “isn’t one of us” because he just so happens to be half African-American – that’s not all just “random coincidences” coming together. That’s a systemic problem with racism within your party.
So, the GOP can continue to act as if racism isn’t a problem within their party, but by doing so (in the face of the overwhelming evidence proving that it’s still an issue) they’re essentially admitting that they not only support racism, but they embrace it.
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