Some bloggers have been digging around and researching Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s history, and it may come as a surprise to find that he’s not the person a lot of supporters on the internet thought he was. New information dug up by bloggers reveals that Congressman Paul has had ties to White Supremacist organizations and has published fringe racist rants in the past.
“Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions,” Paul wrote in a 1992 edition of his newsletter The Ron Paul Political Report (later renamed to The Ron Paul Survival Report).
Paul also once suggested that the vast majority of African Americans were criminals, writing “I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” Paul was referring to Washington DC, which is heavily populated by African Americans.
Congressman Paul also once seemed to encourage fear of African American men because of the color of their skin, saying “We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”
The Congressman also advocated treating young black males who are accused of committing crimes differently than young white males accused of the same crime. “We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23,” he once wrote. “That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such” (emphasis added).
Virtually all scientists agree that children’s brains are not fully developed at age 13, no matter where they are raised.
In another stunning case of racism, Congressman Paul once declared “our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists — and they can be identified by the color of their skin.” He also talked about how “unbelievably fleet-footed” young black men are, when they rob white people.
Paul also has seemed to welcome the support of prominent White Supremacist leaders and groups. In the 1990s, Paul accepted the endorsements of Larry Pratt, an associate of the infamous White Supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke. Pratt has been featured at neo-Nazi events. Paul has also received the support of a Texas separatist group and racist anti-Martin Luther King and pro-confederacy organizations.
Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, which has responded previous requests from The Daily Background for comments on other issues was given a chance to respond to this article but did not.
Michael Krekel, a spokesperson for Congressman Paul’s campaign, has now responded to the allegations of racism in the Congressman’s writings. Krekel called the writings “unfortunate,” but said that the writings referenced above were “not written by the congressman personally.”
“It was composed by a ghostwriter, and then sent out with Dr. Paul’s name attached to it, Krekel told The Daily Background. He also said that at the time, Paul was not directly involved in politics and that he had a staffer write the column in his place. Paul “has apologized repeatedly for his error, and he has been dealing with the incident for 15 years,” Krekel added.
“While the views expressed on African Americans do not reflect Congressman Paul’s views, he understands that he is responsible for anything that goes out in his weekly column.”