Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ron Paul Calls Out the Criminal Justice System as Unfair to Blacks

Say what you will about Congressman Ron Paul, but the man went on the record during Saturday night's New Hampshire debate to speak power to truth about something that most politicians - both Democrats and Republicans - purposely avoid talking about in public: the disproportionate incarceration rates of Blacks in our criminal justice system.  Take a listen: 

Mind you, this is the same man who does not believe that government should be able to tell a private business that it must serve Blacks at a lunch counter if it doesn't want to, but as far as his comments on the issue of the criminal justice system we have to give credit where credit is due.  It is a verifiable fact that Blacks who commit the exact same crimes as Whites are convicted and receive harsher sentences than do Whites.  It is rare to hear anyone in elected office speak about this fact so we felt it was necessary to highlight Ron Paul's comments here.

  • Did Ron Paul get it right - is the criminal justice system unfair to Blacks?
  • Did he damage his chances of winning the GOP nomination by speaking publicly about this observation?
  • Why didn't the Republican audience clap for this statement the same way that they clapped for the death penalty during previous debates?
  • Why don't more politicians speak about or try to change this problem in our criminal justice system?
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