Racists: Ron Paul Isn't Racist

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The "racist newsletter" drama surrounding GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul seems to be an indication that the fabled "mainstream media" is running low on news in the Republican primary battle.

This has been something that's been around for decades -- literally, multiple decades -- and it's been made clear (years ago) that Paul didn't write it and that he disavows it. But the word racist is still showing up next to the congressman's name in columns nationwide, even though it would seem like that's an outrageous idea to anyone who's spent a few minutes reading up on him.

If you ask South Florida's resident racist, though, he doesn't think Paul's a racist, and neither do his followers.

We went over to Stormfront, the white supremacist website run by West Palm Beach's own Don Black -- the subject of a New Times feature of yore, "The Racist Next Door." (Black called it "arguably the most malicious article I've ever had written about me.")

Sure enough, under the "Politics & Continuing Crises" forum on the website, there are multiple threads dedicated to Paul, and of course there's one about the newsletters.

Black wrote that he'd already been contacted by the New York Times on the subject, which ended up with this lame front-page story.

You'd think Black -- a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard -- would know whether the presidential candidate he supports is a racist. It takes one to know one, right?

Well, it seems that neither Black, nor any of his n-bomb-dropping followers thinks Paul's a racist.

"...I respond to media by simply noting the obvious truth," Black writes. "Paul's not a White Nationalist and he doesn't address the problem of White genocide, but we support his strongly held positions opposing foreign interventionism and wars for Israel, government welfare and 'affirmative action' programs, police statism, the Federal Reserve scam and immigration."

Amid the incoherent ramblings of self-admitted racists -- "racialists" is their preferred term -- the Stormfront users vehemently deny that Paul is "pro-white" like they are.

Black even mentions in a post he wrote a week ago that he thought the newsletters would become a "huge issue" and that people would start floating around the picture of him alongside the congressman taken in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago. He's right about that.

But who wants to trust the racists? According to the thousands of online news (?) articles desperately declaring Paul a racist, apparently no one.


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Thomas Mc
Thomas Mc

It's seldom that people are wrong about EVERYTHING. Ron Paul says a lot of things that make a lot of sense, and need to be heard. 

But, I would NEVER vote for for such a BIGOT!

nanook5
nanook5

dr ron paul has had widespread support from the white power community for decades. furthermore, his cure for the theft (oh i meant errors, errors and mistakes) of free market capitalism is to make sure there's as little in its way as possible to continue to rape, plunder, and loot. so even if you don't believe what every white nationalist community has taken for granted for years, you're still a fucking retard for believing his economic policy doesn't have anything but the last 10 years if looting amplified to a predatory capitalist free-for-all.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

BIg question. If a man cannot run a newsletter , why would anyone expect him to run a country?

Swift2
Swift2

From the comments: "The only ones making these false accusations about Dr.Ron Paul being a "racist" are the ones who put Israeli interests above the interest of what is best for the United States of America." 

Look, there's a lot of reason to beware of Israel's present right-wing government. But read that sentence. "The only ones who make these false accusations"... only ones... "are the ones who put Israeli interests..." etc. Gee, that makes me think, the author means Jews. There are lots of people who think we're too solicitous of Israel's feelings in the Middle East, that we need to see the Middle East as it is, not through Israel's point of view, though we'd likely stand with Israel if the Arab countries attacked them again. 

There are lots of ways to think about these subjects. The Paulies, and the man himself, seem to expect that storming off the CNN set is the end of the subject. It's not. I just want, and he owes the American people, a full discussion of what he was doing, publishing so much of the views of racists in his newsletter. With an agenda that isn't, as they say, "libertarian." He didn't know? Really? That's one of those facts that condemn him either way. Tell us why it happened. He made money from this newsletter, no? Did he want to give people the appearance that he's friendly with "white nationalists"? He'll never break through to the mainstream unless he levels with the people.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

The larger question that remains was best put into words by Steve Kornacki this morning:

Steve Kornacki @SteveKornacki Shouldn't Paul at least pretend to be interested in finding out who used his newsletter to send out awful, racist screeds? 22 Dec 11 ReplyRetweetFavorite

That's the galling thing -- if Paul is the victim here, why isn't fingering the culpable party something that consumes him? I think we can reasonably speculate that most people, if faced with a similar controversy, would move heaven and earth to clear their good names. Paul has, in the recent past, said that he takes "moral responsibility" for these writings, but this seems to be the bare minimum of effort that one puts forth when one just wants to close the chapter. It's old news...I want to put it behind me...it's time to move on...these are the sorts of things that professional athletes say at the press conference they stage after they've been caught knocking their wives around.

Whether or not Paul is ultimately responsible for these writings, it remains a yawning vacuum into which responsibility must be poured. At the moment, Ron Paul is the only person who can fulfill this responsibility, and simply repudiating the contents of the newsletters and asking everyone to move on is clearly not cutting it.

A suggestion, then: let's allow that these newsletters are a product of journalism -- bad, irresponsible journalism -- that their publisher must now responsibly retract. To my mind, the best way to go about this is a three-step process. First, you explain, in chapter and verse detail, what the controversy involves -- you literally narrate what happened. Second, you explain, as best as you are able, how it came to pass that this bilge ended up in newsletters bearing your name. Third, you detail as fully as you can your step-by-step strategy for ensuring that it never happens again.

And perhaps the fourth part of the process is that you accept that even after a full explanation, you maybe don't restore your tarnished credibility. Nevertheless, Paul has treated this matter as an object that appears in his rearview mirror, rather than stopping to face it head-on. He ought to give it a try.

Swift2
Swift2

Paul is not a racist himself -- but he's an ally of racists, which is why they defend him from the charge. Stormfront doesn't think he's racist -- dubious reporting method here -- "but we support his strongly held positions opposing foreign interventionism and wars for Israel, government welfare and 'affirmative action' programs, police statism, the Federal Reserve scam and immigration." Ah, the agenda is AOK with racists. But he's not a racist. Gotcha.

Cool Music
Cool Music

Ron Paul wants to legalize pot and shut down the Federal Reserve. He thinks the federal government has no authority to outlaw abortion, no business bombing Iran to keep it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and no justification to print money unless it's backed up by gold bars.

Prof. G
Prof. G

OK, let's start with the basics: Does Ron Paul believe that the Earth is round? Does Ron Paul believe that babies are delivered by storks? Does Ron Paul believe that humans and apes never had a common ancestor? Does Ron Paul believe that greenhouse gases come from storks? And do Ron Paul's supporters know that he actually has about a one in a billion chance of ever becoming president (unless global warming causes a major reduction in IQ points)? Finally, for the record, the word "media" is plural. The media are a they, not an it.

Frankrosner
Frankrosner

The truth is   RON PAUL  is the  reincarnation of NAZI PHILOSOPHY, linked to  the OLD SOUTH CONFEDERATE LIBERTARIANISM  WHICH VIEWS  FREEDOM AS A BIRTRIGHT FOR  WHITE  PEOPLE ONLY.  

PAUL like other racists  are against  GOVERNEMENT BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN HELPINGMINORITIES WAY TOO MUCH---SUCH AS BLACKS WHO MADE GAINS IN  EDUCATION, HOUSING AND IN ENDING DISCRIMINATION----ALL THANKS TO A STRONG FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

TO PAUL  GOVERNMENT IS HELPING MINORITIES MOSTLY NON-WHITES MOVE UP THE LADDER  WHILE DISPLACING WHITES, SO HE DECIDES  GOVERNEMENT IS BAD FORWHITE INTERESTS.

RON PAUL  deep in  his mind  thinks the  federal government helps too many minorities at the expense of  whites who pay the  taxes--so  he  thinks  the  federal government actually has been hurting whites and white interests since the civil war pretty much.

Paul is  a  modern NAZI, the intellectual type, so VERY dangerous. His main goal is to reverse or  end the  federal government  in order to end the subsidies and assistance to minorities who have relied on to survive in a racist society.

Ron Paul  wants to DESTROY the  black community by GIVING THEM EASY ACCESS TO DRUGS, AN  ENTIRE GENERATION OF BLACKS WOULD BECOME DRUG ADDICTS UNDER HIS  LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS. 

Denver Lawyer
Denver Lawyer

All you have to do is read anything written by Dr. Paul over the last 30+ years to know that not only is he not a racist, but that he is actually a champion of civil rights and minority interests. The fact that the media expects us to ignore three decades of factual history and buy into their attempts to tenuously connect Dr. Paul to a few random passages that a ghost writer snuck into his newsletters is absurd. I encourage anyone interested in the truth to pick up a copy of Liberty Defined by Ron Paul. Not only will this book prove that Dr. Paul is a champion of minority interests, but it will also bring to light just how sad the state of "journalism" has gotten I this country (journalism is the only profession that has zero requirements for ethical reporting or integrity - lawyers, doctors, accountants, architects, etc. they all have to meet ethical requirements but not journalists).

glass slipper
glass slipper

The only ones making these false accusations about Dr.Ron Paul being a "racist" are the ones who put Israeli interests above the interest of what is best for the United States of America.

Scraping the barrel to come up with some kind of defamation about the good doctor just shows my point exactly because of their distraction tactics used to make something out of nothing instead of concentrating on getting this country back on its feet and making it viable for everyone instead of just a select few.

  I guess we don't have enough problems now that the drums of war are beating for another conflict, this time the target is Israels arch enemy Iran. Who is next? Syria, Lebanon?

 It was sickening to watch all the other republican candidates licking the Israelis boots as they declared their allegiance to Israel while Dr.Ron Paul was the only one to take a much more pragmatic view of the whole situation and showed his concern for the American people and not some bogus alleged "ally" or their paranoid threats.

Jay
Jay

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 when Ron Paul ends the Drug War and pardons 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.

Ian
Ian

Same question here in Virginia. If candidates can't organize a campaign to gather 10k votes in our state...

Ian
Ian

Ron Paul hardly stormed off. Look at the uncut version of the interview and you will see how edited the segment shown on CNN was. CNN is blatantly attacking Ron Paul directly.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Sounds like the enemy of my enemy may be my friend thingy.

glass slipper
glass slipper

President Ron Paul sounds about right, has a very nice ring to it.

Troll Hunter
Troll Hunter

Don't bother responding to this.  He is obviously just a Troll.

DM
DM

"Ron Paul wants to DESTROY the black community by GIVING THEM EASY ACCESS TO DRUGS, AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF BLACKS WOULD BECOME DRUG ADDICTS UNDER HIS LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS. "

Um... are you kidding?  This speaks volumns about your confidence that a black person can't possibly make wise decisions when it comes to what they put in their bodies.  PS.  It's their body, as mine belongs to me.  The age where another man owns your body or your labor is at an end.  Get over it.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Just like Israel, which I suspect you have close ties to, Ron Paul believes that government intrusion has led to a perpetual welfare state and it is time for people, as well as other countries, to stand on their own and stop looking for handouts.

 You are a perfect example of a race baiter and your tactics are sickening and disgusting.

Why don't you  get a job and do something worthwhile?

Prof. G
Prof. G

In Florida, doctors do not have to meet any standards of ethics or competence. Their state medical association occasionally issues a slap on the wrist to complete incompetents who have killed or disfigured patients. But the Republicans in the legislature, at the insistence of Jeb Bush, have rigged the tort system so that any doctor found civilly liable will not have to pay any more than $250,000 of any jury verdict. Anything more than that has to be paid by the same legislature, with our tax dollars, and we all know what party the doctors contribute to and campaign for. Oh, there's a punishment for bad journalists. It's called the defamation statutes and case law.

Frankrosner
Frankrosner

Ron paul   wants to legalize   racism,  wants to  abolish   civil rights, wants to  legalize segregation in  housing, restaurants as a RIGHT or a freedom of association. Paul is   a  very  creepy racist---sugar coats his racism with  "freedom". freedom for white people only

nanook5
nanook5

yep, it'll just be down to states to racially, sexually, and ethnically discriminate against one another, just like in the 50s. lynchings are uber-idyllic.

James Farner
James Farner

Well said.  It's very easy for any media outlet to distort his views, as they technically are out of the mainstream.  And mainstream here, of course, actually refers to the status quo.

However, it's not so easy to change the mind of a person who has been contacted by a Paul supporter who struck a note with them on a key issue (or issues).  Non-intervention and diplomacy are what struck a chord with me, not to mention ending the drug war, which the late economist Milton Friedman has claimed takes violently the lives of 10,000 people a year.  

Denver Lawyer
Denver Lawyer

Rnakrosner - do you have ANY factual support for this?  Can you point to any primary sources that support this? I am open minded, and I will entertain any information you provide (from primary sources) that support your statements.  I encourage you to read Dr. Paul's book "Liberty Defined" where he explains how the policies in this country actually hurt people of color, and how he supports minority rights.  I am providing you with a primary source (his book "Liberty Defined").  I ask that you do the same.  Please don't just hyperlink some online article, as that is a secondary source and often without any fact or merit.  I am asking YOU to do some scholarly review of the subject before you perpetuate incorrect information, and I promise you if you can show me real facts supporting this I will seriously reconsider my position.  

Noe
Noe

So let me get this straight. You said that Ron Paul wants to legalize racism. So what would you rather America do, make it illegal and by doing so think that that will solve peoples morals? On the issue of abolishing civil rights, he was against the government telling business how they needed to run their business. It was the concern of private property that was his concern. You may be right in assuming that this would bring back business that would cater to certain people but they would be out of business as quickly has you could say "racist". Why, because a business that caters to certain people only would have a difficult time getting advertising and business due to the fact that other business would have the right to refuse service to anyone who discriminates. Something to think about. Instead of making ad-hominem comments and actually listening to why he takes the positions he takes you might probably see that he is not what you describe him to be. Youtube his responses to these positions you attack him on and you will not hear any racist comments being mentioned, not one.

Jay
Jay

Right. The country has not changed since 1950s. There are no blacks or gays in media, congress, business, or positions of power anywhere; and all whites in those roles support lynching. Give us a break.

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