Watch the video above. A concerned citizen asks Ohio Republican nominee for the House of Representatives, Jim Renacci, about the lack of diversity in his campaign and what he plans to do in terms of civil rights and diversity. In response, Ranacci launches into a rant about “freedom” and how the federal government should get out of civil rights, which he believes should be handled locally.
The voter then points out civil rights came about largely because of the federal government, as certain cities and states were adamant about enforcing racism. For Jim Renacci to suggest that the federal government should get out of civil rights and “these issues be handled locally” is to suggest that he is against civil rights entirely. And he never answered the voters initial question concerning the lack of diversity in his campaign, or why minority communities should support his campaign.
He is clearly unqualified for the office, and it is sad that such subtle racist attitudes still exist in 2010.