Ron Paul is not a racist, written by an Asian AmericanSubmitted by PhuongThach on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 04:21
Have you ever had a person look right through you, making you feel worthless because of the color of your skin? Have you ever felt a person’s hatred pierce your soul because of your facial features? Have you just felt trapped in a situation where you could not do anything because of the way you look? Well, I have. These are the feelings that manifest inside of me when I am face to face with a racist.
Growing up as a female, Vietnamese American, I have first hand experienced the torment of discrimination. Even though I am an American citizen, some Americans do not believe I should have the same rights as they do because I am Asian.
When the racial allegations against Presidential candidate Ron Paul emerged, I did not pay attention to them. I knew they were merely smear tactics in attempt to topple his rise. However, as people began debating me about the matter, it started to upset me. I thought to myself: “How could anyone think that Ron Paul is racist? He is the most genuine man I have ever met. He treats everyone with kindness and respect.”
My thoughts are derived from my personal interactions with Dr. Paul. I have met Ron Paul multiple times. Each encounter, he has graciously taken the time to talk to me, take pictures with me, and sign all my books. Dr. Paul has showed me nothing but respect. I never felt in any way discriminated against. In fact, I think he was quite appreciative that a young Asian girl was supporting him. He treated me as an equal even though I am Asian and in my early twenties.
Congressman Paul exuded friendliness and warmth to everyone he met. He was willing to listen to everybody and answer any questions that were asked. I truly believe that Ron Paul appreciates people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, social statuses, and educational backgrounds. He sees us as Americans and as equals. He fights for our liberties against the institutions that deprive us of our natural rights; the very same institutions that call him racist.
If Ron Paul were a racist, would countless people from various minorities group take the time out to defend him? Would he be gathering so much support from people all over the nation? Would I consider Ron Paul my hero, as I do now? No, for Ron Paul is not a racist, but a man of integrity.