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article imageOp-Ed: The Great White Hope - Is Ron Paul a Racist?

By John Rickman     Nov 19, 2007 in Politics
"You can fool some of the people all of the time and all the people some of the time and if you play your cards right that's all you need to get ahead."
Recent revelations that Ron Paul has refused to return contributions made to his campaign by members of a neo-Nazi group calling itself "Stormfront," or even personally denounce their ideology, has raised questions as to Paul's attitudes on race relations.
Paul admits to having penned a controversial essay "The Trouble With Forced Integration" when he was the only member of Congress to vote no to a resolution in celebration of 40 years of improved race relations brought about, in part, by the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
However other documents, even more explicitly racist, have surfaced that cast doubt on his claims to support Civil Rights. Following Ron Paul’s first stint in Congress, from 1979-1985, and a failed presidential campaign where he ran as the candidate of the Libertarian Party, he returned home and dedicated himself to a number of pursuits, including the production of a self-published newsletter called The Ron Paul Political Report.
This was an eight-page publication that featured essays by Paul expressing his extreme libertarian views on a number of issues. The Ron Paul Political Report would become a cult classic in the embryonic Christian “patriot movement”, a loose grouping of organizations espousing extremist views. Although the modern movement grew largely out of rage stemming from the actions of the federal government in Waco Texas, Ruby Ridge Idaho and fueled by fear of a supposed “New World Order” the movement has deep roots in American history stretching all the way back to the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society, Father Coughlin, the anti-Communist witch hunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the America First movement and the segregationist views of George Wallace.
The newsletter was eagerly sized upon members of the patriot movement because it so closely mirrored their views. As a tacit recognition of this fact Paul changed the name of the newsletter to the Ron Paul Survival Report around 1993 in what some see as an effort to garner support in the survivalist movement then rising in popularity with the radical right of the Republican Party.
The Report had approximately 7,000 subscribers and, not surprisingly, Paul has refused to release copies of this publication to the news media, many speculate because he is worried about what it would tell us about his beliefs. However a few issues, salvaged from the much larger body of writings, by his supporters rather than his opponents, have found their way onto the web and may be read at places like Google Groups.
The only complete article from all the years that the tiny publication was in print to see the light of day is entitled "LOS ANGELES RACIAL TERRORISM," which was written in response to the 1991 “Rodney King Race Riots.” It is only available because Dan Gannon, a well known white-supremacist and Holocaust denier, posted it to the web. The Nizkor Project, a group dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims, has archived it. The link above is to a re-publication of the article on Google Groups and this is the same article archived by the Nizkor Group.
It is of course important to read the article for yourself but some of the highlights include statements such as:
Regardless of what the media tell us, most white Americans are not going to believe that they are at fault for what blacks have done to cities across America. The professional blacks may have cowed the elites, but good sense survives at the grass roots. Many more are going to have difficultly avoiding the belief that our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists -- and they can be identified by the color of their skin. This conclusion may not be entirely fair, but it is, for many, entirely unavoidable.
Indeed, it is shocking to consider the uniformity of opinion among blacks in this country. Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 per cent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty, and the end of welfare and affirmative action.... Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the "criminal justice system," I think we can safely assume that 95 per cent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.
If similar in-depth studies were conducted in other major cities, who doubts that similar results would be produced? We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, but it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings, and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.
Perhaps the L.A. experience should not be surprising. The riots, burning, looting, and murders are only a continuation of 30 years of racial politics.The looting in L.A. was the welfare state without the voting booth. The elite have sent one message to black America for 30 years: you are entitled to something for nothing. That's what blacks got on the streets of L.A. for three days in April. Only they didn't ask their Congressmen to arrange the transfer.
(Emphasis mine)
As bad as these quotes are the full article is worse. It is a 3,500 word stomach churning tirade of racial slurs depicting black people as violent savages and rapists. This article and presumably others like it, prompted the Heritage Front, a Toronto-based neo-Nazi organization, to include the Ron Paul Political Report in its list of "Racialist Addresses and Phone Numbers." It would appear that racists groups other than Stormfront have found the good doctor's words appealing.
It is important to note that Paul does not deny that these lines appeared in his newsletter but his excuse is that he did not write them nor did he read them when they came out. He would have us believe that they are the work of a "ghost writer," whom however, he refused to name. It is rather amazing that of all the articles in all the many issues of the newsletter this one should be the one we are asked to believe was written for Paul by an employee or supporter, and one that the owner of the newsletter himself claims never to have seen until years after it appeared in print.
And the November 1, 1996 issue Austin Chronicle quoted Paul's remarks concerning his former house colleague the legendary Civil Rights activists and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Barbara Jordan (D-TX)
University of Texas affirmative action law professor Barbara Jordan is a fraud. Everything from her imitation British accent, to her supposed expertise in law, to her distinguished career in public service, is made up. If there were ever a modern case of the empress without clothes, this is it. She is the archetypical half-educated victimologist, yet her race and sex protect her from criticism.
Paul makes no attempt to deny that these words are his.
There are other racist quotes reliably linked to Paul available on line but since I have been unable to get the links to work properly I will leave them out of the discussion until such time as I can document them.
Buy even without those remarks the case against Ron Paul would seem to be formidable. He is a self confessed advocate of "States Rights", which has long been recognized in the South, particularly by people of his generation, as code for segregation.
He is also an outspoken opponent of what he is pleased to call "forced integration" which most historians credit with ending such institutions as whites only drinking fountains, lunch counters and schools, none of which were integrated until forced to do so by Federal Marshals.
"Forced Integration" What Ron Paul fears.
Although Ron Paul does not deny his slurs against Barbra Jordan, nor his opposition to "forced integration" it is the truly sickening words of the LA Riots article that are the most damning. His claim that the words were not his do not withstand the smell test. The Ron Paul Political Report was only an eight-page newsletter not a huge magazine. To ask us to believe that a 3,500 word article on a major news event happening at the time, slipped his notice, or that he did not check every word that went out under his name defies belief.
The bottom line is that if he did write the article then he is exposed as a virulent racist and if he did not bother to read his own little eight-page newsletter to check what was being written in his name then he is an incompetent. Either way there is more than enough evidence to at least demand that the Ron Paul cultist take a fresh look at their "Great White Hope."
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