MEDIA: Does Paul Ryan’s Black Ex-Girlfriend Matter?
Political pundit Keli Goff is asking the question no one else is asking, probably because no one else knew: Does V.P. nominee Paul Ryan’s black ex girlfriend matter? In an editorial for The Root, Goff opines:
As reported on Twitter by CNN’s Pete Hamby, Ryan said he has a black sister-in-law, but perhaps even more interesting, his “college sweetheart” was African American.
So here is the million-dollar question: Is the fact that Ryan has dated interracially a noteworthy detail to consider when analyzing his politics and policies?
Goff concludes by noting that one of the most anti-immigrant pundits of recent years, Lou Dobbs, is married to a Mexican-American woman, so it’s not the race of the person Ryan dates that matters, but his ideology.
As Goff also notes, deceased Senator Strom Thurmond was an avowed racist, but had a child with a black woman, and often played the role of doting father.
The fact that a white conservative dates a black person doesn’t seem to matter much. People are attracted to who they’re attracted to. But what matters more than physical attraction is political ideology. So even if Ryan had married a black woman (He didn’t. He married a blonde), that still shouldn’t have been a factor for black people. Race pride is one thing, but policies are another thing altogether. The fact that Ryan liked a little coffee with his cream is intensely personal, and is only important to Ryan. Black folk in America have more important issues to tend to.
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