Photos: Paul Ryan’s black girlfriend, cheerleader, relationship forced Ryan to confront racism
Oh, and she donated to Obama. So, get ready to hear that.
This is the cheerleader Paul Ryan dated at college who helped forge his uncompromising opposition to racism.
The relationship and the backlash he suffered from his so-called friends were a formative experience in the political evolution of the Republican vice-presidential pick who described himself as a ‘big, big fan’ of Martin Luther King and is a staunch advocate of civil rights.
In a 2005 interview, Mitt Romney’s future running mate said that he had been confronted with racism personally, because he had dated an African- American and also had a brother with a black wife. ‘I have a sister-in-law who’s African American,’ he told Milwaukee Magazine. ‘My college sweetheart was black,’ he added. ‘I just experienced some ugly comments, some racist views from people who I thought were friends of mine.’
There’s a photo of Deneeta Pope, now 40 in 2010, as well. She declined a request for comment – read more here.
Today Mail Online reveals the woman whose romantic attachment led Ryan, who electrified the Republican convention in Tampa with his speech on Wednesday night, to experience racism first hand.