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Rand Paul distorts Democratic and Republican parties’ respective records on civil rights for blacks
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By Pat Cunningham
April 11, 2013 12:25 p.m.



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On several occasions over the years (most recently HERE), I’ve written about how America’s two great political parties gradually traded places in the past half century on matters of civil rights and states’ rights, which resulted in the South switching from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican.

But we still occasionally hear from right-wing Republicans who think they’re making some important point by mentioning the Democratic Party’s racist and segregationist wing of 50 or more years ago.

This subject comes to mind with Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s speech the other day at Howard University, a traditionally black school.

Paul said:...

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