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Sen. Rand Paul talks racial inequalities at Urban League

CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) -- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to the National Urban League Convention Friday morning. Paul spoke about racial equality, voting rights and school choice to a small crowd as the first speaker of the day.

He spoke about the large number of people in prison for non-violent crimes who are black or brown. He said white kids used drugs as much and asked why so many men of color are incarcerated. He spoke about how it's easier to arrest kids in urban environments.

Paul says he will introduce legislation Friday to eliminate federal sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine. Crack cocaine carries stiffer penalties than powder cocaine. The majority of people arrested for crack cocaine offenses are African-American.

Paul has also sponsored legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, restore the voting rights to some convicted felons and make it easier for people to expunge their criminal records. Paul said anyone who says race does not skew the criminal justice system is not paying attention.

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