Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jack Hunter confesses: He was blind to his own racism

Former Rand Paul aid, City Paper columnist speaks ... finally

Posted by Chris Haire on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

After remaining silent for months, Jack Hunter has once again returned to the world of punditry thanks to a confessional at Politico. I really don't have much to say about Hunter's piece other than to applaud him for his honesty and self reflection.

While some might dismiss the confession as an attempt to whitewash the events of the past and his particularly controversial public persona, I think Hunter's apology is genuine, especially when he pens a passage like this:

[T]oo many Republicans have dismissed the idea that racism is actually a problem. When I was Rand Paul’s social-media director, I noticed that whenever my boss would make a statement about racial injustice in our legal system, some conservatives bristled at the suggestion that our government was somehow mistreating African-Americans. The same conservatives who say they believe government treats everyone badly were not willing to see how that was true for black Americans. They either don’t see it or don’t want to see it.

I used not to see it. For that, I am very sorry. If Republicans are going to make inroads with minority voters, they had better open their eyes too.

Read it and judge for yourself. 

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