Rand Paul’s interview on Rachel Maddow was simply mind-blowing.
Basically, Rand Paul is arguing for the rights of private business owners to discriminate – even though he claims he’s not a racist.
But he keeps claiming that discrimination by private businesses should be allowed if it is desired.
So, let me see – I should have the protected right to say “I hate niggers” and make hate speech legal?? I should have the right to hang a sign in front of my business that says “Whites Only”?
Rand Paul compared it to carrying a weapon inside a private business, and that a store owner has the right to discriminate against a gun owner. Rachel correctly pointed out that carrying a gun into a private business is a choice – and a store owner can ban your gun from coming inside. But people of color don’t have a choice – they don’t get to choose their color – nor should they be banned from a private business because of it. She explained to Rand Paul that blacks had their heads bashed in for sitting in”whites only” seats. That private businesses were allowed to institutionalize racist practices, which led to violent confrontations with blacks.
Rand Paul basically claims he’d march arm in arm with Martin Luther King, Jr. if he were alive today. Maybe so – but I don’t think anyone in their right mind would think he’d be a welcomed guest.
Intolerance isn’t a right. Intolerance is hate. I’m not going to tolerate intolerance – and the whole idea of making “tolerance of intolerance” a right is simply bat-shit crazy.