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Dr. Boyce on MSNBC: Good ol fashioned Kentucky Racism of Rand Paul and the Tea Partiers - Click to watch

From the Kirwan Institute for the study of race and ethnicity - The Ohio State University

Before you convict Lawrence Taylor for rape, consider this

Before you convict Lawrence Taylor for rape, consider this

As the father of three girls, I am not interested in defending a standard racist, statutory rapist, child molester or sexual predator.  I don’t even like fellow college professors who think it’s O.K. to sleep with their students (I lost respect for a colleague over a case like this a few...


Dr. Boyce on MSNBC's

Would Rand Paul roll back the Civil Rights Act?

I don't dislike Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat. He claims to believe in freedom, and he's from Kentucky, just like me. But growing up under the fist of Kentucky racism affected me, and Rand Paul reminds me of the men and women who hurt me the most.

Paul is a member of the Tea Party and a political star. He mobilized more Republican voters for his primary than any candidate in the history of Kentucky, and he may even one day challenge Mitch McConnell for the Senate Republican leadership. His views are fresh and new, in a subtly racist sort of way, and he's a perfect fit for the anti-Obama climate that has led to our nation's racial roaches coming out of the closet.

Paul took some heat for comments he made about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is politically sacred ground that even his fellow Republicans won't touch. The firestorm started when Paul said that it should be ok for restaurant owners to discriminate if they choose to do so. In other words, if Woolworth's had not wanted Dr. King at their lunch counter, they should have been allowed to turn him away. But he then went on to say that any business receiving federal funding should not be allowed to engage in discrimination, that Martin Luther King is one of his heroes, and that he understands the fact that racism in America has become systematic.

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by Faye Anderson

It’s Election Day in Pennsylvania, where voters will decide whether Democrat-turned-Republican-turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter stays or, as expected, gets the boot.

Specter’s primary opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, hammered him for voting against Elena Kagan’s nomination as Solicitor General of the United States.

In a floor speech on March 19, 2009, Specter said:

I have gone to really great lengths to find out about Dean Kagan’s approach to the law and approach to the job of Solicitor General and to get some of her ideas on the law because she’s in a critical public policy making position… We had an extensive hearing where I questioned her at some length. Written questions were submitted and she responded to them. I was not satisfied with the answers which were given and when her name came before the Committee, I passed.

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