Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Democrat's History of Racism

To expand on what Walker said below, I've got to point you folks to Why I am a Black Republican, by Francis Rice.

Just a few pull quotes from an article full of excellent historical examples:

It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th
Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860's, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws, and when the Democrats regained control of Congress in 1892, they passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that repealed portions of laws designed to help African Americans.

Too far in the past? Not relevant to the parties of today? Well, what about what was happening in the 1950s and 1960s?

After Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans due to his “New Deal” appeal and took office in 1933, he rejected both anti-lynching laws and the establishment of a permanent U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Democrat President Harry Truman not only rejected Republican efforts to enact anti-lynching laws and establish a permanent U.S. Civil Rights Commission, but also failed to enforce his 1948 Executive Order designed to desegregate the military. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who established the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, enforced the desegregation of the military, sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate the schools, and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Eisenhower also supported the civil rights laws of 1957 and 1960.

He goes on to explain how the Republican party did not become the home for racist Democrats, how Democratic Party Socialism hurts black Americans, and how Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty.

As Walker said: this is history, bub.

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Blogger Walker said...

I'd be especially interested, Kevin, in what he says about the Republican party not becoming the home of racist Democrats.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

BTW, thanks for those great quotes from the Roe book.

2:29 PM  
OpenID memetrics said...

To quote Franics Rice:

"Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats today, the racist "Dixiecrats" did not all migrate to the Republican Party. With the party slogan: 'Segregation Forever!,' the Dixiecrats, who were Democrats, (a) formed the States' Rights Democratic Party for the presidential election of 1948, (b) remained Democrats for all local elections and all subsequent national elections, and (c) declared that they would rather vote for a 'yellow dog' than a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.

Today, some of those Dixiecrats continue their political careers as Democrats, including former Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings who put up the Confederate flag over the state capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina.

Another former Dixiecrat is Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who is well known for having been a Keagle in the Ku Klux Klan. There was no public outcry when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd as someone who would have been 'a great senator for any moment,' including the Civil War. Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. However, Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and, after he became a Republican, defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched."

3:56 PM  
OpenID memetrics said...

I should also emphasize, Dixiecrats--former segregationist Democrats--only found any kind of home in the Republican party once they dropped their support of segregation. There was never any room for segregation in the Republican party.

3:58 PM  

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