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Skip to comments.Rand Paul goes where few Republicans have gone: Howard University
Posted on 04/10/2013 3:01:43 PM PDT by Nachum
What was Rand Paul, a white Republican senator from Kentucky, doing at Howard University, a mostly black campus in Washington DC? Asking black Americans to give conservatism a second look.
Paul acknowledged that some people thought he was crazy to speak to a largely democratic group, who were probably part of the 93% of blacks who re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012. He joked:
"My response is that my trip will be a success if the Hilltop [the campus newspaper] will simply print that a Republican came to Howard, but he came in peace."
The rest of his speech wasn't a joke. It was a bold move for a party looking to re-connect with minorities. Founded in 1867, Howard University was one of the few schools where blacks could receive degrees after the Civil War ended. The school also played an integral part of the Civil Rights movement, and its student population remains predominately black today.
At the beginning of his remarks, Paul exhibited grace and humor when two students carrying a sign saying "Howard University doesn't support white supremacy" stormed the front of the auditorium. He said he wasn't sure the speech was going to be entertaining, but now it was. Paul told the students he didn't come to "preach" or "prescribe" a political point of view, but to ask each of them to write their own story in life and perhaps make conservatism a part of it. In other words: develop their own views of him, the Republican Party and their own political beliefs.
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Bold move. I applaud him.
Yup...take it to them. Bypass the Democrat/media false picture of conservatives as racist.
What is it intended to achieve?
Courageous, but meaningless.
90-95%% of blacks are BLACKS First and always.
The democrats or liberalism is not destroying blacks. They do fine on their own.
What is it intended to achieve?Pats on the back from the GOP-e.
Paul is as much fun as his father but without the crankiness.
In the black community, marxism trumps skin color - hence the racist attacks on Conservative blacks.
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