Civil Rights Act

On July 3, 2004, Ron Paul was the only Congressman to vote against a bill hailing the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In this speech to Congress, Ron Paul courageously spoke out on the often controversial issues of race relations and affirmative action. He explained why the Civil Right Act had failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society.

Ron Paul: Mr. Speaker, I rise to explain my objection to H.Res. 676. I certainly join my colleagues in urging Americans to celebrate the progress this country has made in race relations. However, contrary to the claims of the supporters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the sponsors of H.Res. 676, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not improve race relations or enhance freedom. Instead, the forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave the federal government unprecedented power over the hiring, employee relations, and customer service practices of every business in the country. The result was a massive violation of the rights of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of free society. The federal government has no legitimate authority to infringe on the rights of private property owners to use their property as they please and to form (or not form) contracts with terms mutually agreeable to all parties. The rights of all private property owners, even those whose actions decent people find abhorrent, must be respected if we are to maintain a free society.

This expansion of federal power was based on an erroneous interpretation of the congressional power to regulate interstate commerce. The framers of the Constitution intended the interstate commerce clause to create a free trade zone among the states, not to give the federal government regulatory power over every business that has any connection with interstate commerce.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society. Federal bureaucrats and judges cannot read minds to see if actions are motivated by racism. Therefore, the only way the federal government could ensure an employer was not violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to ensure that the racial composition of a business’s workforce matched the racial composition of a bureaucrat or judge’s defined body of potential employees. Thus, bureaucrats began forcing employers to hire by racial quota. Racial quotas have not contributed to racial harmony or advanced the goal of a color-blind society. Instead, these quotas encouraged racial balkanization, and fostered racial strife.

Of course, America has made great strides in race relations over the past forty years. However, this progress is due to changes in public attitudes and private efforts. Relations between the races have improved despite, not because of, the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, while I join the sponsors of H.Res. 676 in promoting racial harmony and individual liberty, the fact is the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not accomplish these goals. Instead, this law unconstitutionally expanded federal power, thus reducing liberty. Furthermore, by prompting raced-based quotas, this law undermined efforts to achieve a color-blind society and increased racial strife. Therefore, I must oppose H.Res. 676.

  • anon

    I’m sorry, but I honestly don’t believe you. I honestly don’t believe thats the whole story; the kid said nigger once without knowing what it meant and was osctrasized. From your attitude I get two vibes; you don’t know theres a difference between saying “Nigger” and “Nigga” and you think that because black people will say “Nigga” and sometimes occasionally “Nigger”, that white people should be allowed as well. I say, sure you are allowed, and some stranger on the street is allowed to call you a SOB. Of course, if that stranger did you might take offense being called an SOB. If your brother or sister on the other hand called you an SOB, well its really no offense because you share a mother. For years white people used the word Nigger to dehumanize and torment blacks; this is why when a white person says nigger it sounds offensive. I won’t get into why changing it to “Nigga” takes the sting off, I really don’t think you’d understand.

    From these vibes I get the feeling you were not apologetic at all to this kid or his family, which probably hurt the chances of recovery. People make mistakes and sometimes say offensive things, but as long as you can apologize and explain your ignorance it is usually not made to be a big deal. As an example, I once called my father a Nigger in ignorance of what it meant. I felt very bad after learning what it meant and apologized. Does my father hate me forever now because I said that once? No, he understands a mistake is a mistake. Thats what people do.

    Furthermore even given that you told the whole story and you weren’t perhaps hiding some details of hubris, forgive me but its a tough pill to swallow, it has nothing to do with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act didn’t outlaw racism and in fact its very legal to be racist. Many people are, as I see from reading some of these comments. What it did outlaw was what you could do with these racist feelings. You can’t have a store and hang up a sign saying “No Muslims”. You can’t seperate your bathrooms into colored and white. What you have even in the most favorable of scenarios is a case of personal racism.

    Your son wasn’t disallowed to be on the football team because of race. He wasn’t denied a job or equal education because of race. He made a mistake that apparently you never bothered to see corrected. If it was my kid, I would humble myself before the boys mother and make sure that she and her family understood he uttered the word in ignorance and not in malice, and if she didn’t understand then, fuck her I don’t need my son to be friends with people like that. Its not the end of the world and it certainly didn’t ruin his life. He got bullied; thats a seperate issue on its own, notice that back then bullying wasn’t taken as seriously as it is now.

  • MaryJane

    I lived in Atlanta in the 60s and 70s. It was still dangerous for whites and blacks to be friends…literally.

    Some, not all, black people assumed that because you were white, you were prejudiced, and they reacted accordingly.

    White landlords did not approve of my inviting my perfectly respectable black friends over and they reacted accordingly. Eviction.

    It was not popular with the older generation to NOT be prejudiced. My own family called me a “N” lover, and I became estranged from them because our attitudes about the races were so polarized.

    I got a job at a collection agency, where my white boss was from Chicago. He was a bigot who made insulting remarks about women, black people, my artist boyfriend, “hippies” and everybody else. He was a total ass, but I put up with his remarks and sexual harassment because I needed to feed my family.

    One day he told me that the only reason he had hired me was because I had been the only white applicant for the job. I couldn’t have been more stunned if he had slapped me in the face. I knew he was a jerk, but this was just too much.

    When I recovered from the shock of this revelation, I picked up my purse and walked out the door. How’s THAT for affirmative action? LOL!

  • James Wegner

    I will stand by Mr. Paul as long as both he and I are alive. I’ve never heard him say anything that didn’t make total sense and I’ve been following for some time now. Eventually Ron, enough rational and intelligent people will realize that you’re right, and have been the entire time, about everything. The problem you’re facing is trying to educate all the ignoramus nincompoops living under a rock like the guy posting as “ron poopys big fan”. I mean THIS guy must be a true intellect, you should consider putting him on your team after you become elected. Not.

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    • ron poopys big fan

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      • MaryJane


        Here’s an answer for you…shut the fu** up!!! How old are you? 12? 14? Whatever your age, you sound like one sick fu**. Find another way to amuse your sick ass besides cluttering this website with your horseshit.

  • Mandy

    This just goes to show that using the states rights argument to try to say that states have the right to discriminate and oppress other people is just ridiculous. A true libertarian is for individual liberty which should not be restricted and taken away by mob vote. Human rights should not be up for vote to take away.

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    • MaryJane

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  • Ben Midulla

    We all are fools to into this racist thing. There are good people and bad people everywhere. Be it as it may as long as we keep fighting among ourselves the demonic bastards that control us all win. You can all count on one thing that America has been brainwashed and dumb-down by the politicians and those that control them. Ron Paul by anyone’s standard who can actually understand what he stands for, is a man who sees America for what it was and what it can be again. Can you say that about Obama or Romney? Wake up before it is too late.

    • thw

      Regrettably, countless of thousands of good people have been lynched as recently as 50 years ago. Like it or not, the public sentiment only changed after the national media (coming out of it’s infancy) exposed parts of this nation for the bigotry, hatred, discrimination and racism that existed amongst men. Unfortunately, our immigrant roots may be merely a reflection of what has been, and continues to plague civilizations.

      Someone better with statistics please post the percentage difference in African- Americans receiving federal/state assistance pre- and post Civil Rights Act.
      In part the Congressman’s remarks about political preservation are proper. Another way to have said it would have been that rather than give ethnic Americans equal opportunity for workplace advancement, place them on the government dole just to pacify them. Rioting and voting blocks squelched, but at what price?

      How great was LBJ’s society? As great as it is today? What evidence can the congressman present indicative of a greater society without the passage of the HR 676?

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  • disgustedmom

    About 10 years ago I used to manage an apartment building. One time a black woman came in with multiple criminal charges including drugs and prostitution. She was quickly denied residency per policy, as were hundreds applicants that were white, hispanic, russian and any other nationality that year. She tried time and time again to have every advocacy group come after me for discrimination , some went so far as to file civil rights suites, but it never worked because my files showed fair treatment.

    Nine years ago I ended up in court because my son was expelled from third grade. He called his best friend who was black the “N” word. My son had recently spent the night at this friends house where he had heard the mother jokingly call her children by this word, and called my son the lone honkey. Everyone had laughed so my son thought it was a joke of some kind and repeated it. The friends mother, who had adored my son up to this point, gathered many blacks from the community and demanded my sons expulsion. Third grade and he was labeled a racist because he didnt know that we are to treat blacks differently.

    Three years ago he ended up at the same high school as his former friend. This friend has has six years of being told about the “racist in third grade” and has built a strong hatred because of it. He was overly aggressive against my son in football (on the same team), he would call my son unimaginable names and once asked my son in the middle of class if he like all white people F***ed his own mother. The school, school board, and state umbudsman refused to do anything about the harrassment saying that they couldnt have that kind of publicity. Besides, my son had already been labeled a racist in third grade. The police wouldnt file assault charges because, as one said, they would be persecuted by the black community.

    Now we have moved to a small town in another state where I’ve taken an almost 50% cut in pay. I was hoping that my son could find reprieve and enjoy his remaining high school years. Unfortunately my sons principal, who is black, confronted him in the hallway on his second day of school. He asked my son, in the crowded hallway, if he was going to cause any problems because he (the adult principal) heard about how he liked to throw the “N” word around and he wouldnt accept racists in his school. the school board said he was doing his job in making sure my son knew the rules. I say he was making sure the entire student body, especially the blacks, knew about it.

    He is now home schooled, has no friends, and stays home every day in what should be the best time of his life. If he goes for a walk black people call out and say things that would never be tolerated if it were a white person saying them to a black person. All of this because no one could accept the fact that a third grader didnt know what he was saying, and he didnt know the difference between blacks and whites. He didnt know that that the color of your skin is what decided guilt or innocence.

    Where are his civil rights? Where is his childhood? Where is his innocence that told him there was no difference between him and his childhood friend?

    • alli

      Thank you for leaving your comment. It takes courage these days to share your honesty. My heart aches for your son.

      • disgustedmom

        Thank you Alli. Youre short comment brought tears to my sons eyes. He asked “A stranger on the internet feels for me. Why cant anyone else understand?”

    • side eye

      I’m sorry to hear your son was bullied so badly; that’s truly unfortunate.

      But do you mind me asking what any of this has to do with the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

      In the first part you discuss a situation wherein you denied an african american woman residency for legitimate reasons, and nothing came of it; the decision wasn’t appealed successfully and you didn’t experience any negative repercussions because you had legitimate reasons to deny her residency. That’s called “the system working exactly as it should”.

      As far as the bullying your son experienced; it’s certainly true that people of all races can treat race issues highly inappropriately, but I don’t see where that has anything to do with issues of civil rights.

      • disgustedmom

        I wrote this to ask just what I did, “Where were my sons civil rights”. If you actually read the post you will see that I not only denied an african american, I denied people of ALL races based on the criteria set forth. There was no violation found in that in instance because I treated ALL people the same regardless of race.
        When my son was persecuted for repeating something he heard a black family saying, and everyone laughed about it, no one stood up in his defense. Why? Because he is white.
        The Civil Rights Act was formed to stop the act of racism, so why didnt it help instopping racism against him? Because he is white.
        The civil rights act has become a monster that, instead of doing what it was intended to do, promotes racism against whites. I’m all for civil rights, but you cant say that it only works one way. If it protects blacks it has to protect whites, mexicans, russians, asians, and all other races at the same time. Unfortunately it has been turned into a reason for blacks to use it against anyone who is not black. It has done nothing but promote the “you cant treat me different, but you HAVE to treat me different” mentality.
        Other countries have a multitude of races living and working together and do not have this problem even though their ancestors committed the same acts as ours. There was slavery all around the world. Every continent had native races when they were settled by others. No where else, except possibly in the third world countries, is the revers discrimination allowed as it is here.
        A white on black crime, or white on anyone not white, is publicized nationwide and sometimes worldwide. But, how often do you see national reports of black on black, black on white or hispanic on white crimes? You rarely do, and thats because the government and media dont want to promote those. They are the ones who have destroyed the civil rights act by continuously saying “look what this color did to someone of your color”.
        Every election from city to president has some kind of race issue involved and this is a continuous reminder that even our leaders look at someones color first. Our tax dollars are given to black, hispanic, native, russian, asian, and any other race orginazations promoting preferential treatment but even mentioning a white orginazation promoting preferential treatment marks you as a racist.
        My whole point was to show that the civil rights act is no longer the “Civil Rights Act”. It does not promote what it was intended for, it now promotes reverse racism.

    • Random

      I feel for your child. I also have gone through a situation in which there was discrimination against whites because of affirmative action.

      I just graduated from high school a few months ago with a 3.3 gpa. Not impressive by any means, however, there was another student with approximately the same gpa but he was black. The only extra-curricular activity he involved himself in was a trip to Washington D.C. I was a member of three school clubs (Psychology, Geography, and H.O.S.A.). Not much difference there. Now I am from Utah where the ACT is the standardized test to take to get into college. On that test a 36 is the perfect score where anything within a few points of 30 is a very good score and 22 is about average. I got a 29, the other student got a 24.

      Even with our credentials not being at all special he recieved a half-tuition scholarship for honors on entrance to a local university. I will be attending the same university without any scholarship money strictly because of racial quotas.

      With that I realized how the Civil Rights Act did not serve it’s purpose. Martin Luther King said he wanted his kids judged by the content of their character and not because of the color of their skin. Therefore anything that is done based on race is racism. If America and the media was trying to promote equality then there would be no racial quotas of any kind.

      Obviously my sitution was nowhere near as drastic or as much of a tragedy as your childs but my situation still demonstrates something that is wrong in this country. You can’t have laws that tell people to treat certain races differently, it has to be a personal choice.

      Also, I know these facts about this other student because I was and still am a good friend with him. Thank you for listening to my problems. And please, lets make some noise for Ron Paul in this election.

    • Quenton

      First off, I feel sympathetic for you and your son. I know exactly what you are talking about, and I know what he is going through. But let me start from the beginning so I can elaborate.

      I was born and raised in a state that is predominately white and sparsely populated. I didn’t meet a black person (in the flesh) until I was 18. I had only seen them on T.V. and of course I was taught about the evils of racism from the media whether it was from channels like MTV, the news, movies or sitcoms. And I agreed with the general message that racism was just plain cruel and irrational. I mean it doesn’t take a lot of brains to figure that out; no one likes to be treated badly, so why do it?

      Now with my “education” to treat people the same way I would want to be treated ( I should mention this was learned not only from T.V. but also from my parents and an influence from growing up Catholic) I am thinking I have it all figured out. In my mind the golden rule was this: “Be nice to people and they will be nice to you.”

      I couldn’t have been more naive.

      In the late 1990’s, after I had graduated from high school, I joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at a base in the south. The first couple of weeks were rough and everyone was scared to breathe without permission. Such is the point of basic training and the effectiveness of the drill sergeants trying to instill discipline in raw recruits. But after about three weeks in, people started to get use to their high stress surroundings, and when the drill sergeant wasn’t looking they reverted to who they were before they got use to being scared to so much as move without permission.

      Well I had a black drill sergeant, and this automatically made the black soldiers feel a lot more comfortable and you could see it on their faces that they thought, “Alright, we got an advantage.” They didn’t say that out loud to anyone (well…not that I know of.) but you could tell by their attitude that they felt because our drill sergeant was black like them that they had a proverbial “ace up their sleeve.”

      The proof of this assumption came later, when I myself and another couple of white soldiers were bullied for no other reason then just being white and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I never saw anyone else really be bullied by the Mexicans, Asians, or other whites. Just the blacks.

      Now a lot of the victims of these bullies were to afraid to say anything to the drill sergeant because he was also black. Now this wasn’t the drill sergeants fault of course, but with all the cohesion between the blacks in my unit that everyone witnessed on a daily account, the white soldiers felt intimidated and didn’t feel like they could approach him about this issue. Not to mention with all the tension of recent white on black crime like with the Rodney King case, or something separate (but still related) like the fact that O.J. Simpson got away with the murder of two white people and black communities across the nation cheered for him, a lot of people were soon starting to realize how the “game was played.”

      In short, there was an unwritten rule that African Americans were “owed.” Bill Clinton’s deceleration of affirmative action helped to even further this concept. Thus, it is my belief, that the confidence of these individuals (in my platoon) to be racist against whites was not only justified, but also a fun form of retribution!

      I quickly learned from this experience that some blacks didn’t want racism to be abolished, but instead they preferred it to be under new management. In their mind this was equality, to me it was hypocritical BS! And for the first time in my life, driven out of anger of unfair and unjustified treatment, I had said the N-word. Not only did I say it, but I had said it in front of another white kid from the south and he nodded his head in agreement with me and laughed. I looked at his facial expression when this happened and with just a look I could tell he knew exactly where I was coming from, and that he himself had been through this kind of thing before.

      Now some people may be wondering what does this have to do with the civil rights act of 1964? Well this has to do with what disgustedmom was talking about! The civil rights act of 1964 has become a broadsword for black people with a chip on each shoulder! Hang on, maybe a broadsword is an inaccurate description. What it should be metaphorically defined as is a broadsword/shield hybrid! Where it can be used as not only a weapon but also as a form of protection. Black people have been using it as a way to attack but also to defend themselves from persecution. No? Haven’t they?

      Disgutedmom’s son has no allies. The school board won’t do anything to help because the “attacker” is black, the police won’t do anything to help because the “attacker” is black. And I have many more stories and examples of “reverse racism” from my time in the army. I even had white veterans tell me that in the military and society that black on white racism isn’t taken seriously! And the most infuriating thing about that is the way it was told to me. White people are telling me this as nonchalantly as if they were pointing out that the grass was green or the sky was blue! But if I am to outrage against this, my own people would look at me like I was Adolf Hitler incarnate!! And then tell me that I am a racist. I actually had to laugh at that. For I have been accused for being a racist for being angry against other racists by people of my own color!!! Could this be anymore insane?

      In conclusion, the Civil Rights act of 1964 was good in theory. I believe everyone should be entitle to civil rights, and God Bless Abraham Lincoln for abolishing slavery, but saying the N-word is unnecessary and derogative. Then again, isn’t the word Cracker or in the case of a certain third grader being labeled “The Lone Honkey”? I guess not. It’s not racist as long as the victim is white.

      But as time went on this act has evolved into something that is hypocritical and dangerous. Racial injustices are still happening all the time on both sides of the fence, but very few care if its a white guy or girl that’s the victim, because its about time for revenge! Right? I mean through personal experience and others experience, justice and equality equals revenge even if its illogical, because as we all know, the only way for this country to make progress is for white people to turn the other cheek and constantly walk eggshells. Or at least that’s the primary thought these days.


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  • From Cali

    First off, I dont know about the workforce from 64 to about 1996 when I entered into a professional position. Now though I’ve seen many qualified people apply only to be told that they dont qualify, or that they are not a good fit. I’ve had to turn more than one qualified person away beaceuse of a manager who only wanted to hire someone of their own race to “give their people a chance” or because somone wanted to make sure an audit showed racial diversity. And believe it or not higher qualified whites are the ones I saw turned away more often than not because of this.

    The government and the media has, and does, promote racial divide. Its everywhere from not reporting nationally about black on white crimes while reporting world wide about white on black crimes to the fact that someone applying for food stamps has to answer the question “are you black or another minority”. All this does is deepen the divide and they know it. If you’re white you are expected to hold your tongue while others have the right to say what they want and treat you as they please. If you react youre a racist.

    The abolishment of slavery was one of the best things to happen to this country. But, it happened all over the civilized world at the time. The difference between us and other countries is that our government has allowed us to be held hostage buy the fact that it happened on our soil. We have not been allowed to have a color-blind eye to our American brothers and sisters because our government continuously tells us that we have to see the difference. Reverse discrimination has become a way of life and instead of protecting every citizen and treating everyone the same our government allows the “look at what they did to my people generations ago” plea all too often. Our government would rather throw a “white” citizen under the bus to than to stand up and deal with the people who threat to riot if they dont get their way.

    As long as our government leaders play the race card, and push every race other than whites to “stand by your own” there will be no society. Until our own government sees themselves as ONLY American we will be a divided nation. Until we, as a nation (black, whits, mexican, asian, etc) of American Citizens demands that they can no longer bring racial profiling into their election campaining there will be no change. This will just get worse because the race card is just too big of a ticket in elections. They wont give it up because even they are smart enough to see that whites are fast becoming the minority. By calling ourselves the melting pot of the world we changed modern civilization. Unfortunately our own government points to one group and says “I see you as seperate, and I’m talking to you”. This is all nice and fine as long as the group being singled out gets more than the “whites”, but if it was the other way around and the whites were being singled out to get more then it would be a racist act.

  • Ronald A Whiteman

    We need to inforce the oath of office.
    If we did they would not be doing that they are doing.
    You know them by that they are doing and voting for.


  • justme

    race relations have improved despite and not because of the bill. Back in the hay day, there were no interactions between the races. Why? Separate but equal among other laws. Why would any white person back then want to mingle with other races when they could just avoid them? Integration has brought people of different cultures together as they wouldn’t have in the past.
    Sounds to me that what this camp is arguing is that the US government should’ve let nature take it’s course. One day the slave owners would’ve realized all by themselves just how dehumanizing slavery is. But the darn govt had to step in and rob them of the liberty of growing as persons. One day as well, they would’ve realized that now that they were no longer slave they may want to vote and allow them to do so out the generosity of their own hearts. Once again, the govt robbed them of that opportunity.

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