GOP Senate Nominee Rand Paul of Kentucky Faces Firestorm After Suggesting Opposition to Civil Rights Act
Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee from Kentucky, is scrambling to tamp down a growing firestorm over comments he made suggesting he does not favor portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We’re joined by North Carolina State University professor Blair Kelley, author of "Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson"; and Mike Ervin, a freelance journalist and a longtime activist with the disability rights groups ADAPT. We’re also joined by blogger Joe Sonka, who broke the story on a racist MySpace post that led to the resignation of Rand Paul’s former communications director, Christopher Hightower.
Blair Kelley, associate professor of History at North Carolina State University. Author of "Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson."
Mike Ervin, freelance journalist and longtime activist with the disability rights groups ADAPT.
Joe Sonka, editor of the Kentucky-based blog Barefoot and Progressive.
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