You’ve got to work very, very hard to find a way to turn an interracial relationship into possible proof of racism, but Keli Goff of The Root seems more than willing to accept that challenge.
Responding to news that Paul Ryan’s college sweetheart was black, Goff contorts herself to show that the acceptance of someone of a different race into your heart isn’t proof that you aren’t racist. Then she goes off the deep-end to compare Ryan to Lou Dobbs and Strom Thurmond.
She draws a very loose parallel between Thurmond and Dobbs, based fact that both of the older gentlemen are white men who advocated against the interests of their mixed race children and grandchildren. Well, at least Thurmond did.
Dobbs was (and is) a foe of illegal immigration because of his respect for the process of legal immigration his Mexican family went through. He isn’t working against his family as Goff alleges, but he’s white and has mixed-race family, so he’s close enough for liberal math. What midwestern Republican Ryan and southern Democrat Thurmond share is also apparently skin deep.
Goff presents no evidence that Ryan shares the views of either man.
Goff comes up with the connection—which she clearly intends to be a smear—out of thin air. The only reason Dobbs and Thurmond were mentioned was Goff’s apparent desire to link Ryan to bigots. It’s an attempt at character assassination by proxy, and a weak and lazy attempt at that.
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.
For the record: No, I am not calling Keli Goff a race-baiting propaganda hack attempting to smear Paul Ryan by false and unjustified association. I am saying, however, that if you want know where a journalist’s heart lies when it comes to reporting about politics, it may be best to look at that person’s articles—such as her history of smearing Republicans and lionizing Obama and other radical leftist Democrats—rather any alleged journalistic neutrality.