Honestly speaking, I really have had no intentions of writing or saying any more than I have about Dr. Rand Paul. My only statement about him in concerning this whole Civil Rights Act comment he made was that I didn’t believe he was a racist. You have to understand where he and others are coming from. (Beware, another lesson of consideration towards others.)
I’ve had quite a few people approach me asking my opinion of this and I tried to provide a simple and brief answer for them from a Civil Rights point-of-view. I’ve personally sought out the subject and studied the intricacies of racism for years now. I’m not foolish enough to consider myself an expert, but I know what I’m talking about when it comes to the subject of race and the comprehension of it by various groups of people.
In my opinion I do think he and others have an acute misunderstanding of the entirety of the Civil Rights Act, BUT you also must consider his and their cultural environment and social comprehension. His point of reference is from the standpoint of a Southern Conservative White cultural environment that had limited social interaction with the oppressed groups of people who were more directly benefited from the passing of the Civil Rights Act.
Yes, some may be eager to tell you about their interaction with someone Black or Latino or Asian, but look at the depth of the relationship between the two, not the instance of the interaction. That’s the true story they won’t or can’t tell you. They will get agitated when you go in depth on this point, but let them work through it themselves.
This is the reason why I continue to stress to people to become more aware of who you call a racist, because a true racist always makes their intentions abundantly known by their behavior, words and ideological patterns.
Politically speaking, Dr. Rand Paul made the mistake far too many politicians make of all ethnic hues, whether he realized it or not. I don’t want to go too far into this, because I’m composing a book that addresses this in one of its sections. So I will offer this for your understanding.
Politicians are people; people often fail to consider others in various ways out of some measure of fear. Both Republicans and Democrats make the mistake of unwisely speaking on race and politics without really knowing what they’re talking about.
- Republicans tend to avoid any conversation of race and this practice has unfortunately made the party overwhelmingly White with any person who isn’t looked upon suspiciously by those who are not Republicans and some who are.
- Democrats tend to run towards any conversation of race and this practice has made them more diverse, but how sustainable is their diversity when it is not properly addressed.
- Both, Democrats & Republicans make the same mistake when it comes to most political issues of race, because neither has been sincerely open about their complete roles involving race and politics. You must consider the bad along with the good. Those committed to either side are more likely unwilling to accept that responsibility to heart.
This is true and was seen among Democrats in 2008 in the Presidential Primaries. You saw all sorts of divisions between them with many (not all) picking their racial and gender sides. The same is true and was seen among Republicans in 2008 throughout their primaries and general election. Although there was no diversity among the serious candidates racially, there was religiously. The avoidance of race causes Republicans the same type of divisions as Democrats with the “inclusion” of race. The reason being neither has taken any serious steps towards being honest about what they don’t know or fully understand. Both are subject to reactionary politics as I may imagine we all have taken part of at some point in our lives.
This is what Dr. Rand Paul failed to consider when speaking about an issue that has such racial overtures that should be considered or aware of. He spoke as a Southern Conservative White Male to an audience that was broader than those segments of the population on an issue that includes race. He made the classic White Republican mistake, speaking about race without demonstrating the depth of his relationships.
Just like many Black Democrats who speak about race, often they too make the same mistake by speaking from a limited point-of-view. When you are speaking to people beyond your range of influence you must seek to speak to them in a way they can understand you or at least grow to understand you depending the subject.
Of course this is not true in every case, but a large and growing number of them.
I believe Rand Paul isn’t a racist, but just demonstrated how little he comprehends about race outside of his own considerations. You must have opened your mind to consideration of others and commit to a personal ideological moratorium if you are going to sincerely tackle the complex issues of race and racism, specifically found in American politics.
Some may continue not to understand the depth of this, but once you’ve studied this you can not say what is being said is not fair or true. I’m sure there will be those committed to either side who will seek a disagreement, but you can have it.