Paul Ryan Had A Black Girlfriend
Paul Ryan's black ex-girlfriend is garnering attention and even giving the Republican some creditability for being more open-minded compared to the way they generally viewed. Rep. Paul Ryan's ex-girlfriend -- who happens to be black -- is the focus of a debate on whether race matters in the 2012 elections for the GOP. The issue of Paul Ryan's black ex-girlfriend was raised by Keli Goff, a political writer at TheRoot.com, which describes themselves as being a "leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective". 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. Goff explores whether a candidate's views and approach to race serves as a barometer for his or her political agenda and platform. While abortion, healthcare and the economy rank high among points of contention for Liberals, Conservatives and Moderates during the 2012 elections, issues on race and inequality are pushed to the back-burners. In the piece, Goff wrote: "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." In response, a writer with the New York Daily News poked fun at the idea that The Root's writer would suggest that race has anything to do with the GOP candidate's political practices. Whether the talk is about African Americans, Latinos or any other ethnic group, he believes it's a non-issue. Derek Hunter offered this rebuttal: "In this incredibly dumb piece, Goff asks the all-important (to no one) question, '"Is the fact that Ryan has dated interracially a noteworthy detail to consider when analyzing his politics and policies? The simple answer is 'no.' But to race-obsessed liberals the simple answer has no place in politics."