Rand Paul, who is running for Senator from Kentucky, has been critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He says he believes that private businesses have a right to discriminate against people by race. He has recently been under fire for for those beliefs in the Louisville Courier-Journal:
The trouble with Dr. Paul is that despite his independent thinking, much of what he stands for is repulsive to people in the mainstream. For instance, he holds an unacceptable view of civil rights, saying that while the federal government can enforce integration of government jobs and facilities, private business people should be able to decide whether they want to serve black people, or gays, or any other minority group.
Rachel Maddow also took him to task for his beliefs, asking him if he believed that private pools and Walgreens counters should be allowed to be whites only and he did not give a straight answer.
Paul’s views are similar to his father, Ron Paul’s, who also opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.