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Paul Ryan: Black Ex Leads To Controversial Article

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Paul Ryan has had his share of controversy this election year, just like every other politician in the running. However, one thing has proved to make him stand out from the crowd, and some are pretty irritated about it.

As written for The Roots by political correspondent Keli Goff, Ryan reportedly dated an African-American woman while in college. Ryan has famously had his views on black Americans attacked, particularly after being given a rather lousy 10% approval rating on civil rights by the NAACP, which was mentioned in another article by Goff. Now, she’s asking the question, “Is the fact that Ryan has dated interracially a noteworthy detail to consider when analyzing his politics and policies?”

Goff ponders the merits of exempting one from being labeled a racist simply because that person has or has had a relationship with someone of a different race, saying it’s unwise, and mentions Strom Thurmond and Lou Dobbs to strengthen her case.

Research has shown that those who hold stereotypes about a particular group of people are unlikely to have those stereotypes altered merely by encountering someone who defies that stereotype. Instead, they are likely to view the individual defying said stereotype as an exception. In other words, it is possible to have a black friend, Asian friend, Hispanic friend or Muslim friend or wife and still exhibit prejudice toward that group. The friend or wife is simply viewed as the exception who is not like the others,she writes.

Goff’s assertions have not gone over well, to say the least, and the article is garnering hundreds of comments–several have come in just while this article was being written. Goff insists she’s not labeling Goff as a racist, however, but wants everyone to make informed decisions about his policies rather than his personal relationships.

I am not calling Ryan a racist. I am saying, however, that if you want to know where a politician’s heart lies when it comes to a particular community, it may be best to look at that person’s policies — such as his or her record on civil rights — rather than personal relationships, she writes.

Paul Ryan: Black Ex Leads To Controversial Article


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  • frank

    Sorry folks, but having had a sexual relations with a black person does not necessarily cure your racism. Just ask a lot of black people in the South who are the products of white/black sexual relations from even before the Civil War. Whether it cured Paul Ryan’s or not is a matter of question.

    • Ray-El

      Wow. Many (but not all) of those products of white/black sexual relations 100 years ago were the result of slave owners raping their slaves. Raping a slave is not exactly the same thing as willingly and openly dating a black woman. Was she is servant or his girlfriend? I think there is a HUGE difference and I don’t see how people could compare this man having a black ex-girlfriend to the situation between a slave owner buying and having sex with a slave. If he made her live in a shack on a plantation and forced her to clean his house, then I could see a correlation. But I have a feeling that he didn’t.

  • Scotty

    @frank: Cured him of what? who ever said he was racist?

  • Sieben13

    Does it matter ??? Absolutely. To the southern & mid western rednecks Racist it means everything. They cant think past race .

  • Drakicus Poppistratious

    I have A lot of White friends and some of them I have to compete with them to get A date from my own race, our moto is, may the best man win.no it dose not matter 1-damn bit,U go Ryan

  • http://socialmedia jj

    why does it matter what matters is what he can do with and for the UNITED STATES who cares who he dated in is past Really no one business we care to much about what the popular people are doing with there private lives we need to look at what they offer not what they do behind closed doors

  • Whatever happened to Hope and Change: not much

    Meanwhile, in the real world, what has Obama done to improve the plight of so many African Americans? He has not even been to a NAACP meeting. Seems like is is catering more to his Caucasian history on this one. Check out African-American Wayne Dupree’s website.

  • http://socialmedia jj

    oh and frank racism is not like the flu u cant cure something that is that has been instilled in you u cant catch racism REALLY?

  • G Jefferson

    I don’t know. Do Obama’s ex white girlfriends matter? I mean, what does it prove, that Obama has racial attitude problems? Sounds just the same as Ryan’s ex if you ask me, only in reverse.

  • http://WebProNews Kathy Vercher

    It never ceases to amaze me how people like Sieben 13, who probably doesn’t live in the South or Midwest, and has probably never lived in the South or Midwest, are such authorities on Southerners. Particularly on the subject of racism. Being accused of being racist because of where we live is so tiring and over used, that it is just ignorant. I feel sure most people in the South and Midwest did not vote for Obama because he has a big “D” after his name, which means there are miles and miles of differences in ideology and values.

  • Katherine

    Go ON with the racial rhetoric. Bigot! All Southerners and Mid-Westerners (redneck or not) are not racists, but by seeing anything other than your own intolerant, bigoted perspective would admit to error. And we know how that goes. Just ask Obama.

  • Mary

    Boy the narrow minded or closed minded is rampant today. this is just the democrats strategy to grasp at straws because they cant find anything else to gripe about, and to divert attention from the real issues. They seem to forget and dismiss all the negative things about obama. i think he failed to produce a birth certificate because it took so long to get it changed, and he held Eric Holder above the law, and kept him from turning over documents that were crucial and would have probably gotten pres into trouble. Seems like his Executive priviledge is a blank check to do what he darn well pleases. that is not the law of the land. He has overstepped his boundary in a lot of ways. But some people are so naive and blind they cant see the forest for the trees. who cares who ryan dated. It has nothing to do with anything. Get a grip & some smarts

  • jup

    Just goes to show anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White.

    • Mary

      You are so right, and there is more prejudice against white people than there is against blacks. All of the friends and white people I have ever known were not prejudiced. It is a small percentage of whites that are. However there is a large large percentage of blacks who are racists toward white people. Responsible, honest and smarter black people are not prejudiced. I admire them and some of my closest friends were black. Look at all the great black people who have worked hard and made something for themselves. They don’t complain about racism. Racism is a copout.

      • Claire

        @Mary…Some of my best friends are white…thanks for your insight Mary. The white ones that are not responsible, dishonest and dumb are the ones that are prejudiced. I admire all the other ones.

        • Lynda

          You are really a peach Mary…are you the voice of the non racist white America? Got news for you dear…a lot of intelligent hard working blacks ain’t crazy about you either.

  • http://SocialMediaBootCamp Wendy Dakin

    I am starting to believe that White People are the ones being persecuted more than any other race. Why in the world would this author exclude White as being attacked racially. Many black people hate Whites..because of the color of their skin. This is really preposterous at this point. These people continue to add to the racial divide in this country and it is sickening. I love ALL people, regardless of color of skin or religious convictions. I have never been a racist and never will be, no matter how hard you all try!

    • Jason

      Hating someone because of their skin color does not make one a racist. Racism is the belief that one’s ethnicity is superior to that of another person’s ethnicity. With that said, one can be a racist and have hate, one may also be a racist, and not hate the other person’s ethnic group, but merely believe their ethnicity is superior. You see this a lot with Italians and their beliefs that they are superior to the Irish. You now see this a lot with blacks, and their belief that they are superior to whites.

      • Claire

        You made sense in the definition, but the comment at the end about blacks and their superior thinking took you off the rails

    • Mary

      THANK YOU, WENDY. YOU ARE SO RIGHT. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TOTALLY STIRRED UP AND MADE WORSE THE SITUATION. OBVIOUSLY THERE ISNT THAT MUCH RACISM FROM WHITES, AS WE HAVE A BI-RACIAL, YES, (he is 50% white) for president. They seem to forget that part of him. And I hear according to his own book, he had a problem with his mother being white. doesn’t that constitute racism???????????

      • Claire

        Your thinking is nonsense…what would make you think that there is not that much racism from whites…insanity rules

        • Lynda

          Deny, deny, deny….

      • AeonsUltras

        last i checked your race whiped out the native americans,

        last i checked your race enslaved africa, india, china, the middle east, south america and practically everywhere else not mentioned.

        last i checked your race was responsible for the aryan hate wipeout of the jews in the holocaust

        last i checked white people fuckups in the middle east (under regan mind you) produced the blowback called 911

        last i checked this year the gop which is a front for white racial supremacy made it clear it hates gays, hispanics, muslims, womens, (OUT IN THE OPEN, OPENLY AND YOU HAVE THE GALL TO SAY WHITE PEOPLE ARENT RACIST) and anyone else not an evalangical male hetorosexual christian, and if your a woman you better make that white christian male a sandwich, and be a good christian woman enslaved to every throught he says

        last i checked there are two kinds of white culture in america, liberals and conservatives, liberals where the abolitionists, and are therefore real christians, convervatives would be the slave owners, there whole philosphy is giving money to the rich SO THAT EVERYONE ELSE BECOMES A SERF.

        last i checked convervatives ARE FAKE CHRISTIANS.

        LAST I CHECKED IF CHRIST CAME BACK HE WOULD LOOK LIKE DARK BECAUSE THATS HOW SEMITES LOOKED IN THAT AREA WITHIN THAT TIME, AND NONE OF YOU FAKE RACIST CHRISTIANS WOULD TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT HIS DARK SKIN.

        LAST I CHECKED, CONSERVATIVES. YOUR PHILOSOPHY, THOUGHTS, IDEAS PRINCIPLES, ARE THE ANTI THESIS OF WHAT CHRIST TAUGHT. WHICH MAKES EVERY STINKING ONE OF YOU WHO BELEIVES IN THAT BULL SHIT, ANTI CHRIST.

        YOU ARE ANTI CHRIST. LOOK IN THE MIRROR FOR HE IS YOU.

        last i checked your a dumbass that cant think.

    • Claire

      Are ‘these’ people the ones you love or are they in that group that you make an exception to love…

    • Claire

      Wrong Wendy…your color is showing..where did you get your information…who are ‘these’ people that keep adding to the racial divide…oh they must be those uppity colored folks…do your best to put them back in their place Wendy. Keep loving them all just the same as it sounds like you do.

  • harvey conn

    I’m just shocked he went “back”. I guess it isn’t true.

  • http://yahoo anthony fulbright

    I dont like Ryan or Romney. I respect this country for electing a multi-racial President especially after the Texas Cowboy blew it

  • Claire

    I don’t like Ryan or Romney. He does not support the issues I care about. I agree with the author’s assessment…it doesn’t matter who he dated, his voting history and stand on the issues are what is most important. He doesn’t stand for the things I believe in.

    • http://yahoo nicola

      LIKE RYAN, OR ROMNEY.. TYHEN YOU WILL ACCEPT THAT RADICAL/ SOCIALIST THAT IS REALLY DESTROYING OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY? GET REAL.. IF ALLOWED., I WOULD VOTE FOR A DRUNK, WHO IS A GENIUS WHO REALLY LOVES OUR COUNTRY, AND HAS THE REAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO DO THE JOB, AND NOT COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME, AND CRY LIKE A KID THAT WANTS HIS SUCKER.. ” MAMMY, I WANY MY SUCCKER OR i WILL NOT STOP CRYING”.. GET REAL MY FRIEND.. OUR COUNTRY IS BEING DESTROYED, AND YOU SAY YOU DISLIKE RYAN AND ROMNET? GOD.. WHAT FOOLS!

  • tj

    Vote for Ron Paul and help American bring back the values it once had. Do your own research and dont go by what the media lies about and you will see Obama and Romney arent even worth voting for. Ron Paul has been in congress for over 20 years and Texas still stands as a great state and will do the same for America. Both Romney and Obama never really address any issues (bickering and argueing over who is worse)and swing back and forth on their views. Ron Paul has been consistant and the only one to express how he would improve Americas future. Thats why alot of money was paid to keep him out of the media, so focus would be put on two undeserving candidates that support big government and companies over seas.

    • http://yahoo nicola

      Again with Ron Paul… Let him rest in peace.. The man needs an awful lot of rest after thinking thta he can lead this country..All the so-called young people are for him, a couple of reasons are that he will lrgalize drugs, and prostitution, and that is great with the young drug infested group.. THey don’r realize that his “Foreign Policies.” would bring us a real war withinh a very few months after taking hold. The man is an “isolationist”, and in this time period he will surely draw all the crack pots who really hate us here tearing us apart. These people will accept us as an idle, yellow group of idiots and will come after us sure as hell.. Get lost my friend, you and your friends know very little about what is going on in the world today..Paul?.. No!!… not with his crazy foreign policies!

  • Lynda

    I do not think him having blacks in his family or that he dated a black woman will get him any black votes. I also do not think it will lose him votes from whites. Those who are influenced by these facts should not be allowed to vote anyway. What happened to issues? Who cares with whom he slept? Is that important?

  • bob

    Being we are all in GOD’S image why do we have differences of others because of COLOR ? ? TAKE a look in the MIRROR…….

  • bob

    why ?

  • Joe

    99% of black women voted for Obama 91%!of black men voted for Obama.

    Look at the white vote and tell me who is racist. So sick of the race debate. Everyone is allowed to be racists except white men

  • john

    Keli Goff is a pathetic racist hateful woman. I suppose she is jealous of the woman who dated Paul Ryan. That Henry Louis Gates would publish such a defamatory article suggesting Mr. Ryan hasn’t proved he is NOT racistshows he is racist as well.

  • john

    Keli Goff’s skeleton after her flesh has rotted away will be white. As will everyone’s. Obsessed by flesh when it is temporary is a sad pathetic waste of life.

  • Vince Bert

    No one in the country is more racist than your fraud-in-chief Obamamamamamama. This man singlehandedly (well, not exactly, he had Emmanuel and Axelrod to press his agenda)has done more to polarize this nation than anyone in history, including Jefferson Davis. These communists resort to the typical Marxist ploy of character assassination and the 5th column media are their surrogates. Same old, same old fear tactics and innuendo. Hang ‘em all, hang ‘em high, hang ‘em now! Vincent Bert Commentary.com

  • Nell

    Wow! YOU GO, Paul!

  • Twas

    I don’t believe Ryan dated this black woman. I am from Columbus, Ohio. His ex girlfriend is suppose to be from Franklin county and went to St Francis Desale High School( in Columbus) in 1990. She lived in Westerville (good school district) but her parents spend money to bus her across the county to a catholic school? Then she skips all the universities in Columbus ( like Ohio State university) to attend Miami University where she has a five year relationship with Paul Ryan. It just doesn’t ring true.

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