Since 1996, Republican politician Ron Paul has been haunted by racist newsletters that appeared decades ago under his name.
In his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign, Paul has repeatedly denied that he wrote them, authorized them, agrees with them or even read them. He said he was working and traveling at the time these racist letters were penned under his name and that he has no idea who wrote them.
Paul said the real purpose of bringing up the decade-old racist newsletters is to paint him as a racist. Paul has said, on multiple occasions, that he is anything but racist.
Even back in 1996, Paul labeled such attacks as typical political demagoguery.
If people are interested in my character . . . come and talk to my neighbors, he said.
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A pro-Paul Super PAC has recently gone on the offensive on this issue.
The following ad from the Super PAC, below, tells the story of African-American James Williams from Matagorda County, Texas.
Back in 1972, when racism was pervasive in Texas and many other parts of America, doctors and nurses refused to treat Williams' pregnant white wife and their unborn bi-racial child, according to the Super PAC. A nurse even called the police on James, alleging that he was harassing her by asking for medical attention.
Then, Paul, an obstetrician by trade, just stepped in and went to work, ultimately delivering their stillborn baby. Paul never charged Williams and his wife for the delivery, as he promised the couple, out of compassion, stated the Super PAC.
Paul thinks of one human being just as much as another one. He's just an honest man, said Williams.
Ron Paul views every human being as a unique individual, afforded the rights endowed by our creator and codified in the Bill of Rights, stated the Super PAC.
Nelson Lidner, director of the Austin chapter of the NAACP, also testified Paul was not racist when the two first met 20 years ago.
Indeed, at a time and place when racism was not as taboo as it is today, there is evidence demonstrating that Paul treated people as individuals and did not judge them by the color of their skin.
Below is a video featuring African-Americans who are convinced that Paul is not a racist.