Ask African-Americans which party is their biggest ally: until Kanye West came along they would say: the Democratic Party. Ask African American organization (Black Lives Matter) which party is their biggest detractor: Unabashedly they’ll tell you :It’s those Racist Republicans, without hesitation.
Yet hidden truths lurk in the closet. Truth’s that no modern liberal likes to admit.
The Democratic Party was created in the late 1820’s. The party’s beginnings; the Democrats supported slavery, segregation, and after the civil war the formation of the KKK. Hundreds of African-Americans were lynched by democrats and their supporters. After Republican Abraham Lincoln emancipated African-Americans in the Civil War, policies were put in place in the South: the Democratic Party opposed reconstruction.
From 1865 until 1935 there were hundreds of African Americans were elected to state legislatures, for a fact: 22 African Americans served in Congress by 1900. Can you guess which party they represented: if you guessed Democrat you’d be dead wrong: Democrats failed to elect a single African American until 1935.
In the 1918 Woodrow Wilson (D) was elected president. a Progressive Democrat. He had many accomplishments: the formation of the FTC, child labor laws, the 8 hour work day, and he guided the US through WW1 successfully. Unfortunately Wilson shared the KKK’s beliefs. He was an avowed racist whose worst accomplishment was to screen: “The Birth of a Nation’ – the first movie shown in the White House. Its original title: “The Clansmen”. Racism was rampant in the Wilson Administration; but you won’t get that in the History Channel summation of him.
In 1954 there was a pivotal Supreme Court Decision: “Brown Vs Board of Education”. Who was the governor that defied the Supreme Court decision? What political party was he affiliated with? Gov. Orval Farbus (D). Would it surprise you to know that Dwight Eisenhower (R) sent in Federal troops to enforce that decision? Eisenhower also desegregated the military in WW2.
The Birmingham riots of 1963 were provoked by bombings in May 1963. The bombings targeted black leaders of the Birmingham campaign, among them was the Rev. A. D. King (brother of Martin Luther King, Jr.) These bombings were the work of the Ku Klux Klan, in cooperation with Birmingham police.
In response, local African-Americans burned businesses and fought police throughout the downtown area. The United States government intervened with federal troops in a domestic military deployment enforcing a court injunction, an action which was considered controversial by Governor George Wallace. Gov.Wallace was elected Governor three times as a Democrat and ran once as an Independent.
However, these riots and the effects on the African-Americans community were a key event contributing to President Kennedy's decision to propose a civil rights reform. However a good student of history would realize that this bill is based largely on an earlier Cilil Rights Bill's proposals put forward by Republican's and Dwight Eisenhower in his administration.
But! lets give Democrats credit - for the first time since the party was created, the Democrats had managed to get on the correct side of the issue. Then again with Gov.Wallace they were actually on both sides.
Ultimately these rights were passed under President Lyndon B. Johnson: the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However if you look carefully Sen. Richard Byrd (KKK member) filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act with the help of Southern democrats. With that Democrats found them-selves right back under that bus called Racism. Fortunately the Republicans broke the filibuster after 75 days, and the Bill was passed and sent to President Kennedy’s desk to be signed.
The case of Barry Goldwater and his (principled) lack of support for the Civil Rights Bill is pointed at as the start of the Republican Party moving into racism by member of the CNN community Roland Martin. However nothing is further from the truth. There has never been a plank or position in a presidential campaign where the Republican supported any type of racism.
As a principled fiscal conservative I grow weary of online bombastic commenters. There seems to be a huge liberal population slice that have forgotten their manners and have lost their senses in Trump Derangement Syndrome. I’ve grown convinced that Trump plays them with his tweets, driving them a little bonkers – so that rather than discuss things reasonably and dispassionately; they react strictly out of emotional outbursts. The current atmosphere is a great example; fortunately the last 32 years of democratic misbehavior will make a set of great articles.
In closing Kanye West represents a watershed moment in history – how odd if should come from a hip-hop artist – the artistic community, as they are typically liberal. His support of Trump could break the lock that Democrats have had on the African-American voter; as polls have indicated a shift from 8 to 9% Republican support among African-Americans to 22 to 23% when his support came out. Those numbers should chill every liberal, and prompt them to discuss issues. Fortunately for the GOP they don’t.
And with that I’ll pass this forward for comments. Thanks to Autumn Cote, who saw me responding at Disqus, in the midst of a lot of heated comments – sharing my feeling on race as a conservative and through her I found out about this site.