Looks like Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul inherited his father’s defense of racism in certain cases.
The younger Paul has said before that he believes restaurants and other private businesses should be allowed to discriminate against minorities if they want while claiming he supports civil rights in “institutional situations.”
Texas Congressman Ron Paul has often come under fire for past writings with racist overtones attributed to him that he now claims he didn’t write or authorize.
But his son isn’t backing away from past statements that he believes business should be allowed to do just about what ever it wants — even when it comes to discrimination against minorities, gays and the disabled.
After his win in the Kentucky Senate primary Tuesday, Paul did evade question after question about whether or not he would have voted for the Americans with Disabilities Act or the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“I think it’s confusing in a lot of cases in what’s actually in the Civil Rights Case,” Paul said in an interview with National Public Radio. “A lot of things that were actually in the bill I’m actually in favor of I’m in favor of — everything with regards to ending institutional racism. So I think there’s a lot to be desired in the Civil Rights — and indeed the truth is, I haven’t read all through it, because it was passed 40 years ago and hadn’t been a real pressing issue on the campaign on whether I’m going to vote for the Civil Rights Act.”
During the campaign, Paul admitted to the Louisville Courier-Journal that he felt private businesses should be allowed to discriminate by race.
Notes the Courier-Journal:
The trouble with Dr. Paul is that despite his independent thinking, much of what he stands for is repulsive to people in the mainstream. For instance, he holds an unacceptable view of civil rights, saying that while the federal government can enforce integration of government jobs and facilities, private business people should be able to decide whether they want to serve black people, or gays, or any other minority group.
Maybe, like his father, Rand Paul will later disown the words, saying someone put them in his mouth without his knowledge or approval.
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