…no really. Thanks for trying.
I do recognize the importance of Rand Paul being the first Republican elected official in decades to speak at Howard University. And while I think it’s silly at best to call such an effort “courageous”, it does speak to the importance Paul places on reaching out to voters his party has marginalized at about a 90% clip…
…or does it?
My African American-born and Howard University-bred skepticism of politicians who want to tell me what my best interests are causes the (admittedly sensitive) wand on my bullshit detector to redline. That part of me readily recognizes that Senator Paul’s visit to Howard conveniently works well as a way to soften his (Tea) party’s reputation as a political safe-space for White nationalists, White supremacists, and other bigots. Paul can safely assume those extremists will hold their nose and vote for him, despite the stench of Negro he now has on him. For those who don’t want to be grounded in that ideological wing of the Republican Party – and those who realize, quite frankly, that now you can’t get elected to the Presidency with just that vote – Paul can play this as a See?-I tried-but-they-just-won’t-listen token appeal to the Black vote. This plays well with White supremacists who don’t really wanna be so… White supremacist-y.