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."
Good post. I hooe you repost that in every thread about Rand Paul. Everyone should know what a phoney piece of McCainesque garbage this guy is.
Rand and Ron Paul are demagogues. McCain just has his head up his ass.
Whoa. Rand Paul is ALL IN on this “New Racial Tone” strategy. Won’t he be surprised when he discovers he nets no more than 1-2% of the Black (and Hispanic, with amnesty) vote from all his efforts.
Were it only so. Sen. Paul is setting himself up to be the kind of Republican people that Republican people have been waiting for.
Wrong. He’s reaching out to a group of disaffected Democrats and inviting them to cross over to our side. You should be glad for that.
The over-policing occurred before then and you know it. If you don’t, then start learning.
He was unarmed when he was gunned down. He had his hands up when he was gunned down.
This is what a witness who is a friend of the kid says.
No, these comments come from a motorist who saw the confrontation and the subsequent shooting.
It wasn't just a friend that witnessed the kid trying to take away the gun. It was an un-involved motorist who also witnessed that happening, so what. Just because someone tries and fails to steal your gun is not reason enough to later execute them when they try to surrender. He got killed for being an angry black kid.
So all the crimes that these thugs commit are all the fault of others, right?
I didn't suggest that.
Rand Paul speaks of profiling in general though, and in that, he might have had a point. That’s what I meant.
I disagree. The crime which has the largest disparity of all-rape-is based upon incidents self-reported by the victims. There is virtually no white-on-black rape, statistically speaking, while the reverse is far from true. Do you think all or most of the victims are “profiling” their attackers?
He must be on the same drugs his father is.
Huh? I’m not talking about the disparate impact argument he mentioned, which is what you are addresing with the rape statistics. That’s a nonsense argument.
Profiling is an entirely different matter.
shame on you, you little shit.
My point is that if this all down to profiling, what explains the disparity in rape statistics? Or is rape the one crime in which blacks are not being profiled, but for the rest, they are unfairly profiled?
“My point is that if this all down to profiling”
Did I say that?
I’m really not interesting in defending an argument I didn’t make. Maybe you can take it up with Mr. Paul?
It wasn’t just a friend that witnessed the kid trying to take away the gun. It was an un-involved motorist who also witnessed that happening, so what. Just because someone tries and fails to steal your gun is not reason enough to later execute them when they try to surrender. He got killed for being an angry black kid.
Now we learn that the “angry black kid” was so angry he was involved in a strong arm robbery a few minutes before the police stopped him. See the video (i.e. actual physical evidence not what someone said) at
Both you and that jackass Rand Paul should wait for the facts to come in before you start shooting off your keyboard.
Because we have paid poor people to support themselves without dads in the home, because the dads have several homes we, with our tax dollars have created a fatherless society. Children, (little girls) having children raising children.
Proportionally blacks have suffered more than whites at this. Before LBJ the illegitimate birth rate among blacks was lower than whites.
The “Hood” is now suffering because of our “Progressive” social engineering.
Now after seeing what we don’t like about the way the “Hood” acts at our giving them a free lifestyle we put a disproportionate number of them in prison.
I have never suggested that people that commit don’t belong in prison, I’m just saying that progressive politics bears some of the blame and certainly most of the cause.
It is starting to look more and more that I was sucked in by the early hype dispensed by the Main Stream Media. I apologize.
I should know better than to trust the media.
It is looking more and more that this was a good shoot, and the gentle giant was just a giant a$$hole who deserved what he got.