Rand Paul’s recent appearances on largely African-American college campuses to promote the notion that the GOP was always a firm supporter of civil rights and the true friend of African-Americans was met with widespread and well-deserved ridicule.
But the commentary failed to confront a key fact: this claim is an integral part of a larger attempt by conservatives to whitewash the GOP’s shameful past on racial issues, an attempt that extends from Glenn Beck, the Tea Party and other right-wing commentators on the one hand, to the pages of the National Review on the other.
TDS is pleased to offer the following TDS Strategy Memo that sets the record straight:
The media coverage of Rand Paul’s “the GOP was always for civil rights” revisionist history failed to clearly report the central reality: that the exploitation of white racial resentment was for decades the GOP’s fundamental political strategy regarding African-Americans.
To read the Memo, click HERE