Skip to comments.Rand Paul: If you don't realize race skews the justice system, you're not paying attention
Posted on 08/14/2014 7:11:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- In an op-ed for Time magazine, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to concerns about the role big government is playing in over-policing protestors in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death at the hands of local police.
Paul, who has recently emerged as a vocal critic of the role race plays in the criminal justice system, continued to speak to his concerns about "big government" through the lens of police, writing,
"There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response."
Paul recalls his youth, and said if he could not predict his response if ordered by police to stop protesting, but would never anticipate violence as a reaction.
"If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off," writes Paul. "But, I wouldn't have expected to be shot."
Paul then spoke directly to the concerns of America's minority communities, observing that "Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them."
"Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention. Our prisons are full of black and brown men and women who are serving inappropriately long and harsh sentences for non-violent mistakes in their youth."
This guy is becoming a total pandering dumbass.
Rand, sit down and look pretty. The only thing I ant to hear from you is “I totally agree with President Cruz”
He is looking more and more like a Trojan Horse.
“This guy is becoming a total pandering dumbass.”
No. He has always been there it’s just on display now.
Rand Paul calls arresting rioters and looters and arsonists “over-policing”
Yup. His ability to find the lowest common denominator is astounding.
Apparently he thinks the cops would stand aside and watch as white people looted and burned stores and attacked people.
I don’t think so.
According to 2012 Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis: Annual Report to the Community:
84.7% of those arrested for aggravated assault in St. Louis in 2012 were black.
91.8% of those arrested for robbery in St. Louis in 2012 were black.
97.6% of those arrested for murder in St. Louis in 2012 were black.
78.6% of those arrested for forcible rape in St. Louis in 2012 were black.
Oh, Rand. This might get you elected, but at some point you’d be called on to make unpopular decisions. Moderation is not always a virtue.
He sits at the top of our skewered justice system.
He's a race hustler, I'm paying attention, are you?
The Paul's show up at opportunities to promote themselves
White guiltist RINO. Glad he exposed himself early on before the primaries.
Guy is a TOTAL joke !
So compassionate, just like Jack Kemp was.
Maybe Rand should join Al Sharpton in Ferguson Mo egging on the rioters, so he can get 10% of the black vote.
2. Every human body comes with a set of advantages and disadvantages. I am a white female. There are advantages and disadvantages. I get away with a lot, yes, but there are also times I'm overlooked and times I feel quite unsafe. These are the advantages and disadvantages of walking around in a white female body. You play the hand you're dealt, okay? That's LIFE.
“So compassionate, just like Jack Kemp was.”
You’ve got that right. Kemp turned out to be a liberal sob sister. Rand Paul thinks that’s A Good Thing.
Rand is such an idiot.
Is it whites playing this “knock out” game?
Tell Rand to take a look at FBI interracial crime statistics. Interracial rape is about 100-1 black on white vs white on black.
Rand is an idiot. The more he opens his mouth, the more I find him repulsive.
I used to think I could support this clown. I wouldn’t vote for him now even if he’s running against Hillary.