Is Ron Paul a racist? Everything points to no, except for one outlying issue in the form of newsletters sent out in the 80's under his name.
Can one thing written in print undo everything he's talked about and believed for 35 years?
I don't think so, because what was written in the newsletters is so far from Ron Paul's words and actions. Here's why I don't think Ron Paul wrote the newsletters:
1. It’s unusual for a newsletter to be written by the figurehead. My clients put out newsletters, they don’t write them. When getting advice about starting one, my most successful client told me specifically not to do the content myself. Likewise, Paul says he didn't write them or see them.
2. Paul’s known for his consistency. But one of the few issues he’s changed his mind on is the death penalty… because of it’s disproportionate use on minorities and those living in the inner city.
3. When challenging the war on drugs, Paul often points out the injustice of blacks and minorities being imprisoned at a higher rate than whites for the same crime. Video: See video above.
4. When challenging foreign wars, Paul often points out that war disproportionately affects minority families.
5. In 2008 Paul pointed to these positions as a possible reason why he received more support from blacks than any other GOP candidate, which polls showed to be true.
6. Paul often cites Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi as his heroes.
7. When asked in 2007 who he might pick as a running mate, he named one guy, Walter Williams, a black man as a strong possibility. Walter also refers to Paul as a friend and said of Paul he’s one of 3 people the founders would even talk to. Video: 4 minute mark
8. Nelson Lender, the director of the NAACP in Austin, Texas said last campaign that he’s known Ron Paul personally for 20 years and is sure he’s not a racist. Scott Horton interview with Nelson Lender:
[Ron Paul as young doctor ... check out the body language!]
9. Ron Paul got into politics and his libertarian views come from studying… the work of two Jews, Mises and Rothbard.
10. I’ve personally followed essentially everything Ron Paul has done or said since 2007, every single day, and nothing he’s ever said has ever come close to what was written in the newsletters.
11. In fact, the opposite is true. A lot of people like Ron Paul because of what he says about racism: that it’s an ugly form of collectivism, that we don’t get our rights as groups but as individuals and everyone should be treated the same way.
12. No one has ever produced a clip of Ron Paul speaking anything close to the condemnable words in the newsletter, even though he's been speaking publicly for more than 30 years.
13. His constituents have known about these allegations for 15+ years and still vote Paul in by a landslide year after year, because as Paul says, those who know him know it's not his language and he doesn't believe those things.14. When asked if Paul repudiates the ugly comments from the newsletter, Paul not only repudiated them but said his entire life repudiates those comments, because his words and actions are 180 degrees apart from racism. Video: