Tayna Fogle sat just behind Sen. Rand Paul, nodding her head and listening as he pressed the case with Kentucky state senators to restore felon voting rights.
“Kids do make mistakes. White kids make mistakes. Black kids make mistakes. Brown kids make mistakes,” Paul told the Kentucky state Senate committee considering a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of some felons on Wednesday. “But when you look at the prison population, three out of the four people in prison are black or brown.”
Fogle whispered: “Good for you. I’m glad someone is speaking up.”
She felt as if he was narrating her life.
“Somewhere along the line he gained a lot of knowledge,” Fogle said of Paul’s push to restore voting rights to nonviolent felons.
“He has seen the disenfranchisement,” said Fogle, a community organizer with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a nonprofit grassroots organization that has pushed to restore the voting rights of felons.
One place where he notices that is west Louisville’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, a community where Paul sticks out at the grassroots gatherings he’s attended.