As we honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his historical achievements in helping all colored people win equal rights, I think of how many politicians desire the old ways. Politicians like Newt Gingrich have no respect for our people and still stereotype us as nothing more than welfare recipients and drug dealers with no work ethic. Some, like Ron Paul, are 100 percent against Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights act of 1964.
Ron Paul has gained a big following in recent months and many of those followers are middle-class white men. These white men are far from being progressive and as Tim Wise stated in his essay titled Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals: "These guys are largely attracted to Paul because he’ll get government off their backs, by lowering their taxes, cutting spending that helps poor people whom they regard as lazy." Mr. Wise might be a bit extreme but he is also on point.
Ron Paul was also the only Congressman to vote against a bill that honored the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in 2004. In his speech to Congress Ron Paul said "
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society. Federal bureaucrats and judges cannot read minds to see if actions are motivated by racism. Therefore, the only way the federal government could ensure an employer was not violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to ensure that the racial composition of a business’s workforce matched the racial composition of a bureaucrat or judge’s defined body of potential employees.
Here's another shock and awe, Ron Paul voted against Martin Luther King day in 1983. He also expressed his disapproval of Regan in his newsletter cited by theroot.com,
"Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.
Ron Paul has tried to dismiss the newsletter and wash away his past declarations against the Civil Rights of 1964 and Martin Luther King Jr. He preaches how the '64 Civil Rights Act is a "massive violation of the rights of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of free society." In my opinion, the free society he speaks of involves oppression against all colored people by racist Anglos without consequence; That's Ron Paul's dream.
Long live the dream of all the people fighting for true equality. One day that dream will be realized. Pa'lante!