HuffPo: Rand faces skeptical audience at Howard UniversitySubmitted by P. Nicholson on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 08:52
Interesting story from the Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Maya Cade, a Howard University freshman with a sunny disposition, was walking down 4th Street on the eastern side of campus Tuesday afternoon, texting with a friend about an unusual speech scheduled for the next day.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will on Wednesday become the first elected Republican office holder to speak on Howard's campus in years. Cade, a political science major, ran into a friend on the sidewalk while talking to a Huffington Post reporter about Paul, a Tea Party-affiliated conservative.
"He's coming today isn't he?" asked her friend, who gave her name as Brittany.
"No, tomorrow," Cade said.
"Oh," Brittany said. "That's awkward."
Indeed, it could be when Paul arrives. Paul asked the university for the opportunity to speak, leading some to conclude he is using the traditionally black college to make himself, and the GOP, look more friendly to minorities without putting in any real effort.
"I'm trying to read into Rand Paul's thinking here and all I can see is Howard being a prop," said professor Daryl Harris, chair of the political science department, during an interview in his office. "I can't see it any other way."