MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Schools Sen. Rand Paul on Civil Rights (Video)


On her weekend MSNBC show, host Melissa Harris-Perry slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his recent speech at Howard University where he botched civil rights history while lecturing the students at the predominantly African-American college (video below).

Harris-Perry framed her segment as a "letter" and said that Sen. Paul, who often bashes the federal government, failed to mention that Howard University was founded by the federal government.

"Howard University was established by the federal government. Following the Civil War, Congress recognized our nation’s collective responsibility to offer educational opportunities to the Freedmen and the subsequent generations of children that would be born into freedom," said Harris-Perry. "But you left out that story of big-government Republicanism in your fascinating revisionist history."

Harris-Perry also slammed Sen. Paul claiming that black people switched to the Democrat Party during the Great Depression because "the Democrats promised equalizing outcome. Everybody will get something through unlimited federal assistance."

Harris-Perry also recalled Sen. Paul's opposition to the Civil Rights Act.

"Even though you told a [Howard] questioner, “I’ve never been against the Civil Rights Act, ever,” Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer correctly reminded us that in 2010, during an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, you said that even though you abhor racism, you do not support bans on discrimination by privately-owned businesses," said Harris-Perry.

"And that, Sen. Paul, would mean those students from another historically black college, North Carolina A&T, would have just had to live with the private decision to deny them a place to sit at that Woolworth’s lunch counter. Maybe Republicans like you don’t count that as opposition to the Civil Rights Act, but I bet many Howard students do."

Sources: MSNBC and


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