Is Ron Paul Racist Like Me?Submitted by fishyculture on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 11:30
Take a stroll with me through the racist history of the United States. No finger pointing, no hate-mongering, just a cold hard look at the past, that we may wisely select our path to the future.
The year is 1935. If you google "1935 Racism Laws" you will find mostly headlines about Germany enacting anti-Jewish laws. The first entry regarding the US that I found was a law that was on the books in every state except Washington. It made interracial marriage illegal. The "Law of the Land" was mandatory racism. A baby born in this year would be told by his parents "Don't marry someone from another race" the way children today are told "Don't ever use marijuana." It seems reasonable, and it has the force of law behind it.
1936 - "Reefer Madness" hits the US, helping race relations with tidbits like this: In 1937 Harry J. Anslinger, the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics testified before Congress in favor of Marijuana Prohibition by saying: "Marijuana is the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind." "Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes."
1947 -At about age 12, humans begin to "fact check" the world ourselves, rather than just "listen and obey" the people we trust (parents, teachers, ministers.) Our baby in 1935 has now finished "grade school." His experience was entirely segregated, as is the custom. There is a political effort gaining momentum to end racism, but it remains illegal to intermarry and the various cultures in the US remain physically separated. Jackie Robinson becomes the first black professional baseball player. The NBA was called the BAA and it was 1 year old - and mostly white. The Harlem Globetrotters did not support the league for fear it would compete with them for black players.
1954 - Brown versus The Topeka Board of Education is handed down by the Supreme Court. Many know it made segregation illegal. Not as many realize it overturned the "Plessy vs Ferguson" decision which made it perfectly legal for states to practice segregation. Our baby is now a young man, graduating from High School. Presuming he had a fairly average experience as an young, white, American male, he has been taught not to marry black people. He has never been around black people long enough to form a personal opinion, so he is left trusting "authority" figures. In his short life, he has been exposed to World War and race riots in his country.
1955 - Viet Nam War begins. Our baby boy eventually gets drafted and he goes. Rosa Parks is ordered to the back of the bus and she does not go.
1962 - By now, our boy is a man, and a doctor. He delivers babies. I am born, he did not deliver me. He did deliver babies for many black people, and he did it for no charge if they could not pay. He did that for poor white people too.
1963 - Martin Luther King Jr. "has a dream." He is judged by most law abiding and respectable people as a trouble maker.
1967 - I start public school My parents teach their children to abide the law, and my siblings were all taught "Do not marry outside your race." In this year Loving vs Virginia would reverse that law. The school my siblings attended is now under mandatory desegregation, and there are race riots in the district and around the country. This desegregation does not prevent me from hearing teachers talking about the "uppity nigger King" and glamorizing the KKK. I see Democrat leaders (my parents were Republican) being swept into power on anti-desegregation platforms (George Wallace, Jesse Helms for example and yes, Jesse was a Dem then.) I live in suburban Ohio, I have no opinions of my own yet, I am a mirror of the people I trust, and they send me very mixed messages. But at recess, I sure had fun playing with Florence and Billy and Jeff and Cathy and Ted and Tracy. Can you tell what color their skin is? I could, but I did not care.
1968 - Our baby-doctor comes home from the war. Somewhere during this time, a brother of mine went "1-A." I remember the Viet Nam war as a list of names rolling across my TV screen.... Here are the men who are going off to war, and here are the men who are never coming home. The time spent waiting for my big brother to see if his name would roll by cemented me into a peace activist. Martin Luther King Jr is assassinated, and I hear murmuring in my little mostly-white world about "things settling down now." It is not from men in hoods or being hateful, it is a desire to return to a way that "worked" compared to the riots and murders going on in an effort to desegregate.
1970 - The massacre of peace protesters Kent State. I am stunned. I have worn "POW / MIA" bracelets for years now, my friends' brothers are coming home broken and ridiculed. At 8, I want to spank the grown ups. "STOP making them go to war and then spitting on them for going!" At 8, I see people like me getting gunned down by the "National Guard." Our baby-Doctor is now a baby Doctor, presumably trying to put what he saw in war behind him. In his practice, he is now beginning to see the "blowback" of affirmative action. The prejudiced acceptance of applicants in to medical school is not appropriate, but neither is lowering the standard for minorities. There was no denying the fact that many schools took less academically gifted minorities to fill quotas. That made it too easy to stereotype, and say "All black medical students are worse than white ones" in a society that was still coming to grips with its racism. (When I was a teenager, one of the most radical options available to white girls was to date a black man. You WOULD get attention, lots of it.) I worked for an ophthalmologist in Arkansas who was born in the 40's. He said he had to unlearn racism after medical school, they flaunted the imbalance in the face of the white students. White men were flooded with messages of "feel guilty" whether they had ever been racists or not, and they were told that if they still held views that reflected laws that had been in force ten years earlier, you were now a racist. Same view, new law. Ask any white man over 50 if he knows what "White guilt" means and they will tell you a tale that reflects something I have said here. Men who tried to do what their parents and ministers and teachers told them their entire life were expected to turn on a dime and embrace this new paradigm. Some did, most dug in. They believed they were fighting to preserve "the American way of life." Some of them turned to violence, some turned to politics.
1976 Baby Doctor turns to politics. It is not racism, but slavery that drives him to run for office. Debt slavery. He is motivated by a desire to see the Constitution restored and applied equally to all, regardless of race or religion.
1980 - 1990 - Newsletters are printed. "Racist" and "homophobic" comments are made, and possibly approved by our Doctor. No one bats an eye. The things he says in that newsletter are commonly heard in society. We are recovering from a history of racism and have yet to tackle homophobia. It is just where we are as a nation. It could well be that our Doctor got headed down a wrong path for a while, it looked different as it lay before us, you all have the benefit of hindsight. By now, I have a baby of my own. One of the things new mothers play is "What will my baby be?" and friends still ask me "What if she dates a black guy?" which just makes me laugh, I don't care who she dates as long as she finds love. Of course, I believe "love" includes making a child to raise together, the idea of "lesbian" is not even brought up. No one wants a gay child. Most people would love them but try to keep it quiet. It is just how things are in society. My cousin was driven to suicide. That was when I took another look at "homophobia." Sometimes you have to be hit hard with your wrong thoughts to see them for what they are.
2012 - Our Baby Doctor is our last chance to end slavery. Those who keep us in the chains of debt do not want him to set any of us free, so they will use any division they can find or create to keep him OUT of office. If racism is really the key to your vote, please consider what racism looks like in MODERN America.
"The War on Drugs" incarcerates young black men at a wildly disproportionate rate. This destroys black families. They are driven to "black markets" because there is no place for them in the "white markets" even after decades of "Affirmative Action" and desegregation. Hiring quotas are filled with black women and other races, prisons-for-profit are filled with black men. WHAT CANDIDATE WANTS TO END THE WAR ON DRUGS? Ron Paul.
The Poverty Draft. Our "volunteer" armed forces are filling up with minorities at a disproportionate rate because white daddies set their children up in business, poor (and black) daddies send their sons to war. "It will pay for college." Assuming you come home and bring your brain with you. WHAT CANDIDATE WANTS TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME and end the poverty draft? Ron Paul.
The media is digging up decades old newsletters to portray this man as racist, yet he is the ONLY CANDIDATE willing to end the racist policies that incarcerate and / or make cannon fodder of minorities and the poor.
Is Ron Paul racist or homophobic? I seriously doubt it. He had a gay campaign adviser last election. He wants "equal rights" in marriage insomuch as he wants the government out of ALL our private affairs. He wants to release non-violent criminals from Federal prisons (Read: Pot violations. Read: Black men, free.)
Did Ron Paul ever have racist views? Almost certainly. It was the law when he was born. Did Ron Paul rise above any wrong views? "By his fruits...."
He has used the Constitution as his compass, and applied the Constitution to every bill he introduced or voted on. If you are part of the race to destroy our Constitution, Ron Paul is not going to be your ally no matter what color you are or who you sleep with.
Tired of politics distracting you with nonsense about what color your skin is or who you sleep with? Look into Ron Paul. He was born and raised in a racist society, and he got over it all by embracing the Constitution. Do you love your country enough to do the same?
One last thought... If you think it is bad to be racist, you owe people like Dr. Paul and me a "Thank you." We resisted the brainwashing of our schools, parents and society to usher in tolerance.