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Speaking At Howard University, Rand Paul Asks African-Americans To Be Open To ‘Republican Message’

Speaking At Howard University, Rand Paul Asks African-Americans To Be Open To ‘Republican Message’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed students and faculty at Howard University on Wednesday, continuing the Republican Party’s effort to reach out to young, minority voters.

A press release for the event laid out the theme of the discussion as “inclusion in the Republican Party,” and promised that “Sen. Paul’s speech will focus on the importance of outreach to young voters, as well as minority groups. He will also discuss the history of the African-American community’s roots in the Republican Party and current issues, such as school choice and civil liberties.”

That the Tea Party-backed senator deems himself qualified to speak at an institution with such a long record of advancing African-American equality is ironic considering his own history on civil rights. Paul told the audience on Wednesday, “I’ve never been against the Civil Rights Act. Ever.” The fact that a member of Congress, in 2013, needs to proclaim this raises questions on its own — but it is even more outrageous after considering remarks Paul made in 2010.

During interviews with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and the Louisville Courier-Journal, Paul expressed his concern over the authority that the Civil Rights Act has on private businesses. “[T]he thing is, is if we want to harbor in on private businesses and their policies, then you have to have the discussion about: Do you want to abridge the First Amendment as well?” Paul said. So the senator now claims to fully support a law that he believes oversteps the Constitution by prohibiting private business from discriminating on the basis of race.

During the speech Senator Paul also claimed, “What gets lost is that the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights. Because Republicans believe that the federal government is limited in its function—some have concluded that Republicans are somehow inherently insensitive to minority rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.” This fits with the message laid out by the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” which insists that there is nothing wrong with GOP policies, but that the party should merely rethink the way it voices its message to voters.

One suggestion in this report states, “The African American community has a lot in common with the Republican Party, and it is important to share this rich history. More importantly, the Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.” But since the publication of the report, Republicans’ attempts at minority outreach have fallen completely flat. Republicans have acknowledged their history of intolerance, claim it’s an unfair representation of the party, and yet have continued to promote the same racist policies.

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  • Sand_Cat

    Guess Hitler should have spoken at some Jewish colleges and universities. Rand sees the error and decides to correct it.

    • neeceoooo

      They just dont see it, do they.

  • Rand Paul is a Tea Bagger. Republicans themselves have a really bad understanding of what the Republican Party stood for in the past and the ugly spectacle it has become in modern times. The infiltration into the past Republican Party of slave-power Democrats, Redeemer (Moderate) Republicans, and white supremacists have ruined the Republican Party, and with the infiltration of the Tea Party, it has gotten absolutely, down right ugly. Though the faculty at Howard University has fallen to the wayside in this fantasy of a colorblind, post-racial America like thwe rest of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities, their students are not so naive. At one time in the history of Howard University, it would have taken a SEAL team to get him out of there alive. Now, just to boo him would have cost a student his/her admittance. It5 was best to sit there in tortured silence and let him go than to risk one’s future and education.

  • Lynda Groom

    It is a two way street Senator. Perhaps you need to listen to the message provided to your party last November before reaching out?

  • BDC_57

    He’s the wrong person the republicans could send to a black college. I heard part of his speech and he lied like all teabaggers do.

    • neeceoooo

      Do they really think we are that stupid that we can not see the lies?

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        I’d rather not address that question.

  • docb

    The party of anti-women, anti-safety net, anti-inffastructure, anti-legislation BUT the PARTY OF LaPierre and the NRA arms dealers and wealthy 1% PROFIT!

    The guy comes in not even knowing his history..what a Rube!

  • Budjob

    Once a bagger,ALWAYS A BAGGER!You just can’t trust them AT ALL!!!

  • charleo1

    The Republican Party, after running one of the most derisive, and down right
    ugly campaigns, maybe ever. Got clobbered by women, Hispanics, African
    Americans, Asians, Jews, young voters, a fair number of elderly, Caucasians,
    and even former Republicans that voted for Bush. But, couldn’t go along with
    the radical, T-Party driven extremism, that had managed to hijack their Party.
    I think former Presidential Candidate, and Texas Cowboy, Rick Perry, probably
    said it best. Oops! Now, as one might expect, they want to make nice, to all
    those voters, they have spend the better part of the last two years, denigrating,
    disrespecting, mocking, impugning, or using, as the butt of their jokes,
    All in the interest of ingratiating themselves with their rural, 98% White, base.
    The reason they look so clumsy, pathetic, even insulting, as they feign, to
    reach out. Is because, to properly reach out, one needs to actually know
    the persons or group, to whom one is reaching out. So, Republicans, as yet,
    are not reaching out. Simply acknowledging a group’s existence, without
    changing a policy, or addressing a concern. To say, to this group, yesterday
    we were thus. But today, we are this. We have changed, but our platform
    remains. Is meaningless.

  • charleo1

    I applaud Howard University for allowing Rand Paul the opportunity to speak
    to the students. Kids, I call them kids. They are actually young adults, of course.
    I imagine, very much, similar to myself, and my generation, as we left home,
    many of us. And embarked on that exciting, and sometimes frightening, stage
    in our lives. Where at long last we were, becoming what had occupied much
    of our childhood ambitions, since before we could remember. We were adults!

    And we were also busy. College, we soon learned, is not like High School.
    And we were distracted. Never, had there been so many possibilities, to do as
    we pleased. Or, so many responsibilities, to do those things we must. Leaving
    many of the more exciting possibilities, to dangle there, just out of reach.
    Politics? Who has time for them? I could name the President, and Vice President.
    This is why it is so important to bring the Senator, Rand Paul, to these students.
    To know his name, and what the Party he represents, stands for. Now, they will
    know who he is. A person that would have opposed the Civil Rights Bill, using
    the same property Rights, argument, the Supreme Court took in the Dred-Scott,
    case, prior to the Civil War, and the 14th Amendment. Rand Paul would stand
    on the Rights of a business owner to refuse service on the basis of race. Like
    the Supreme Court ruled, if a slave escapes to a, “Free State,” the owner has
    the Right to bring his property back to his business, or dispose of, or sell, or
    do whatever he deems is in his best interests, as the legal owner of said property.
    So i think it’s important for these busy, distracted, but very savvy, students to
    meet Senator Paul. Get to know who he is. And what he represents.
    A real eye opener.

  • idamag

    I watched Preibus tell the party they needed to change the way they presented their message. They knew Obama got a big part of the Latino and African American vote. Hence, court those votes. I wonder if they think minorities suffer from memory loss. I also heard they contacted a Hollywood agent to get some stars on board. They already have Clint Eastwood.

    • neeceoooo

      Yeah, they have Clint Eastwood and an empty chair.

      • idamag

        Empty chair and empty head.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    I’m surprised the Audience, in general, didn’t grab Randyboy by his family jewels and literally throw him out of the Auditorium.