Paul Ryan’s black ex-girlfriend is gaining attention among bloggers and journalists as race relations begin to take a quiet but growing role in the 2012 election.
The issue of Paul Ryan’s black ex-girlfriend was raised by Keli Goff, a political writer at TheRoot.com. Writing an article titled “Does Paul Ryan’s Black Ex-Girlfriend Matter?”, Goff went on to compare Paul Ryan to other conservatives with ties to loved ones of color, including CNN’s Lou Dobbs, who has a Mexican wife, and former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who fathered a daughter with a black servant.
“For the record: No, 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.”
But simply by bringing the issue up and taking Paul Ryan’s ex-girlfriend in comparison to Dobbs and Thurmond — who have both at points been accused of being racially insensitive — Goff is indeed making race an issue, writes Derek Hunter, a writer for the New York Daily News blog The Rumble.
Hunter says that the simple answer to Goff’s rhetorical question of whether Paul Ryan’s black ex-girlfriend has any bearing on his policies is no. “But to race-obsessed liberals the simple answer has no place in politics,” Hunter says.
“This pointless piece ends up taking the long way around to implying Ryan is bad for black people and may not like them much, despite the fact that he has a black sister-in-law and a black ex-girlfriend. He’s bad, but probably not a racist.”
Do you think Paul Ryan‘s black ex-girlfriend has any bearing on the 2012 presidential race?