Congressman Ron Paul's defense for the startlingly racist material published in his newsletters in the 1980s and '90s is, essentially, that he didn't write the material and he didn't know it was there.
Last night on the show, Melissa Harris-Perry told us she's not having it:
This smacks of someone who fundamentally believes in the inequality of African-Americans and probably other people of color relative to whites, and a belief that white Americans should have a right to behave in a way that represents what he would understand as freedom but that freedom doesn't have to respect the freedom of people of color.
And so, you don't have to quite work up a political explanation for it because it's a deeply ingrained belief, it is part of his sort of ideological adherence.
You can find scans of the old Ron Paul newsletters on Mr. Destructo. They're amazing.