Rand Paul Aide Quits Over MySpace Racism, ‘Afro-Americans’ Have ‘KKK Radar’
December 18, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The Kentucky Senatorial campaign of Libertarian Republican Rand Paul is getting off to a rocky start. On Thursday, Rand Paul son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), accepted the resignation of Christopher Hightower, 37, after racist images and comments were discovered on Hightower’s MySpace page. One image showed a lynching, with a friend’s comment, “Happy Ni**** Day!” at the time of Martin Luther King Day. And several posts left by Hightower spoke of the reaction he received from “Afro-Americans” while wearing a KKK hoodie to the local mall.
The Paul spokesman also made national headlines recently when he referred to a video comparing opponent Trey Grayson to Hitler, as “Too funny!!”
Hightower’s dislike of “Afro-Americans” came to light after the liberal Kentucky blog, Barefoot and Progressive uncovered his old MySpace page. The site has now been scrubbed, but of course screen caps remain. Before Hightower became an aide to Rand Paul, he was the lead singer in a local heavy metal band, named Commander. Hightower specialized in songs about the devil and the Dark Lord’s satanic powers. The satanic heavy metal band had a MySpace page, with individual pages for band members. And that’s where Hightower’s fondness for racism and white supremacy survived on the Internet.
Read about Hightower’s discovery of the “KKK Radar” of “Afro-Americans”:
“I’m so “anti trend.” Long hair and wearing black metal band t’shirts is a trend I’m apart of. SHIT. I didn’t want to buy new clothes, so I cut my hair. Now I’m being mistaken for a skinhead and KKK member.. Great I’m in another trend. It never ends.”
“So, I was in Rivergate Mall today in line to get some pizza and I noticed a group of Afro-Americans were looking at me with hate and whispering stuff. I was wondering WTF and procceeded [sic] to sit facing them and give them the “what the fuck are you looking at look”. Anyway after a few snarls they quit looking at me. I was like do these fuckers think I am someone else or what? Anyway I finished my food and went to find some new shoes. About 10 minutes later, another group of Afro-Americans are giving me the same looks, it then dawns on me, there has to be something on this hoodie that is pissing off the Afro-Americans. And sure enough when I get outside the mall I look and bingo. KKK …. LOL!”
“Damn, they must have really been studying” Hightower responds: “They must have, cause the first incident happened within me being at the mall for like 3 to 5 minutes. They must have KKK “radar”‘
Barefoot and Progressive also uncovered a YouTube video of Hightower denouncing Southern Baptists and supporting polygamy. He also ranted against “Christian lies.” No doubt, the very conservative state of Kentucky would not take kindly to such talk.
After an investigation into Hightower’s MySpace racism, by Paul campaign manager David Adams, Hightower’s resignation was immediately accepted. Hightower denied that he had a MySpace page, casting himself as a victim of a political attack. Hightower said he was attacked because opponents can’t find “any dirt” on Paul.
But yesterday, Hightower managed to log on to the MySpace account that he didn’t have, to delete the offensive posts about his KKK mall outing, but he inexplicably left the lynching image on his wall. Hightower has since deleted his MySpace profile.
Paul issued a statement, saying that he never heard Hightower make racist comments, but accepted his resignation to prevent the controversy from overshadowing his campaign issues.
See Barefoot and Progressive for more.