Beyond the Newsletters … How Do People of Color View Ron Paul?
The mainstream media says Ron Paul is a racist.
But Paul voted to recognize Martin Luther King day as a public holiday, the only time in history that the Congressman has ever voted for something that is not explicitly authorized in the Constitution. Paul has also publicly praised Martin Luther King as his hero on many occasions spanning back 20 years.
Is that the behavior of a racist?
And – at the same time the “racist” newsletters were released – Paul was publicly giving speeches decrying the racist drug war. Ron Paul stated that drugs should be legal and that drugs were illegal for two reasons. One of the reasons was a racist campaign to create the means to target minorities for arrest and imprisonment by making their drug of choice illegal:
And watch this:
Indeed, the latest CNN/ORC poll finds that Paul scores highest amongst minorities when matched up against Barack Obama in a hypothetical election head to head. Paul scores 25% of the vote amongst non-whites, whereas Romney polls at 20% and Gingrich gets 15%.
The president of the Austin, Texas branch of the NAACP – asked directly if Ron Paul was a racist, replied:
“No I don’t.”
He added that he had heard Ron Paul speak out about police repression of black communities and mandatory minimum sentences on many occasions.
Many African-Americans support Paul:
As do other minorities.
Daily Caller notes:
Two former opponents of Rep. Ron Paul, one of whom once worked for the Texas congressman, have come forward to discuss racist comments in newsletters published by the Republican presidential candidate.
Even though the newsletters were never a secret, a former Democratic consultant told The Atlantic’s Molly Ball that plans to turn them into an issue during Paul’s 1996 campaign for Congress never picked up steam ….
Eric Dondero, a Paul-staffer turned 2008 primary opponent … recently published an account including his thoughts on Ron Paul and the racist newsletters. He wrote that while many of the Paul’s views are old-fashioned or eccentric, Paul is neither a racist nor an anti-Semite.
“I worked for the man for 12 years, pretty consistently,” Dondero writes. “I never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of his mouth. Not once. And understand, I was his close personal assistant.”
Dondero says Paul has no problem with American Jews, and even worked to befriend the very small Jewish community in his own district.
Despite the uproar over the newsletters, Paul continues to poll well in early primary states, and is currently leading the rest of the Republican field in Iowa according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.
How Would Paul’s Actions Actually Affect People of Color?
President Obama is continuing the wars against brown-skinned people throughout the North Africa and the Middle East planned 20 years ago by the Neoconservatives. Martin Luther King would have been outraged … as is Ron Paul.
Unemployment is hitting African-Americans much harder than any other group. Indeed, blacks are experiencing Depression levels of unemployment. And yet Obama thinks that high unemployment is a good thing.
I voted for Obama in 2008, and was very happy that an African-American had won. I am voting for Ron Paul in 2012.
I believe that Paul will – on the whole – treat people of color in the U.S. and abroad better than Obama.
The bottom line is that – while Obama might be African-American and Ron Paul is white – I think Paul’s actions will help minorities much more than Obama’s. Many people of color agree with me.