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OPEN LETTER FROM AFRICAN AMERICANS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
FreeRepublic | this spring | Frances RIce

Posted on 08/02/2004 10:50:02 AM PDT by hoosiermama

Open Letter from African Americans to the Democratic Party

Open Letter from African Americans to the Democratic Party

Email from the author | 6/3/04 | Frances Rice

By Frances Rice

We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600’s 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,

Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,

Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,

Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,

Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that: (a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854, (b) fought to free African Americans from slavery, (c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans, (d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, (e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, (f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws, (g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and (h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans,

Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,

Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,

Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,

Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,

Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,

Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,

Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was “stolen” from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the “Miami Herald” and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.

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Frances Rice is an attorney and an African-American woman who served in the Army for 20 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Army she served as a company commander, an adjutant in a basic combat training brigade and a prosecutor in courts-marital.

Upon retiring, she was awarded the Legion of Merit. She is currently serving on the Board of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota, the SaraMana Black Republican Club and the SaraMana Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that helps low-income residents become homeowners and small business owners. In these positions, she puts both her Juris Doctorate and MBA degrees to good use.

She was recently appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Medal of Merit Board for the state of Florida. Frances is married to Peter Rice, a retired diplomat from the U.S. Department of State.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africanamerican; apology; civilrightsact; democratic; dnc; francesrice; openletters; repository1
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This "email" was posted earlier this year by a freeper. (My apology to the original poster. Can't remember who it was.) It is being reposted by request of freepers who want it in an easier format to email and snailmail.
1 posted on 08/02/2004 10:50:07 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Bluegrass Conservative; no dems; mhking

Here 'tis!


2 posted on 08/02/2004 10:51:40 AM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: hoosiermama

Bump!


3 posted on 08/02/2004 11:01:12 AM PDT by MadMoo (GO Bush!)
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To: hoosiermama

Makes me long for the Democratic Party of old...


4 posted on 08/02/2004 11:10:19 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: hoosiermama

Wow...this is something. I agree with the points about welfare dependency and the soft bigotry of low expectations. But I think the historical argument is a little off -- the reason fewer Democrats than Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act is that the Democrats used to be based in the South. The constituency (or at least region) responsible for most of the atrocities mentioned now vote Republican. Likewise, the constituencies (or regions) that once fought for the abolition of slavery are now voting Democrat.

Now don't get me wrong; I vote Republican, straight down the ticket. But that doesn't mean I respect the racist wing of the party. And come on, let's not kid ourselves: the national Republicans capitalize on that wing. The letter mentions how the KKK was a wing of the Democratic Party, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a KKK member today who would vote Democrat. So in this debate, I think we should stick to the issues -- welfare is harmful, affirmative action breeds resentment -- rather than this imagined line of descent from racist southern Democrats to modern northeastern Democrats.


5 posted on 08/02/2004 11:16:06 AM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: Redbob

Dude, tell me you're joking right?


6 posted on 08/02/2004 11:19:43 AM PDT by holdmuhbeer
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Frances Rice is a 100% Grade-A American lady who happens to be a black Republican. More than that, she is quite a prominent figure in the local black community here in Sarasota, Florida.

For a couple of weeks now, the local dems, supported by the ACLU, MoveOn.org, and, of course, the local NYT subsidiary, have been actively seeking to get her lynched because she's had the audicity to leave the democrat plantation, and worse, speak up about it.

Seems the political left is all for free speech, until you say something they don't like. Then they want you hung. What a surprise.

Florida Freeper

I'm compiling a list of FReepers in Florida for use in the upcoming elections.
If you want to be added, please FReepMail me.


7 posted on 08/02/2004 11:41:00 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Redbob

Huh?


8 posted on 08/02/2004 11:43:06 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: BackInBlack
The KKK members that live in this area (Real kooks) are mainly democrats(our county is known for it's KKK history and traditionally votes D--Neighboring county (R) supported the underground railroad)....Those who favored abolition were and their descendants are today republican.
9 posted on 08/02/2004 11:44:27 AM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: Joe Brower

incoming mail....


10 posted on 08/02/2004 11:50:06 AM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: Warrior Nurse; rdb3; mhking

Off the plantation PING!


11 posted on 08/02/2004 11:56:46 AM PDT by Chieftain ('W' in '04!)
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To: Redbob
Makes me long for the Democratic Party of old...

You forgot the < /sarcasm>. Now, get with it!

12 posted on 08/02/2004 11:58:14 AM PDT by Chieftain ('W' in '04!)
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To: hoosiermama
Perhaps Ms. Rice can explain why, with all these facts, 90 to 95% of all Blacks still vote a straight DemonRat ticket.
13 posted on 08/02/2004 12:04:06 PM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (If the Dems want to raise taxes on "the rich", how about a 90% tax on contingency fees? A. Coulter)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

I'm an educated person, but had never seen these facts in school....We're you taught this information? If we haven't seen these facts, how many of the 90 to 95% who vote a straight ticket have ever seen this information....? So don't you think it would be a good idea to spread these facts around? Give Frances some support! IMO, she's a true leader and deserves not only our respect but assistance in spreading her message. She's speaking out in defiance of the liberal machine working against this knowledge.


14 posted on 08/02/2004 12:25:03 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: hoosiermama

That's very interesting. What counties are you referring to? I'd like to look into that further. Are there a lot of blacks in your county? If so, perhaps the KKK folks are in the Republican minority.

Regardless, you have to admit that white racists would be foolish, rationally speaking, to support a party that favors affirmative action and a welfare system that fosters black dependency. It just wouldn't make any sense. Like I said before, I, too, am opposed to those things -- but for different reasons than fear or loathing of the Black Man.


15 posted on 08/02/2004 12:26:13 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: BackInBlack



We know who the KKK people are here (definately dems), they tried to organize a national meeting in our county and weren't really successful. Meant with alot of resistance and needed to be protected by local LI.

There are a few AA families that moved here a couple of generations back from the neighboring county have intermingled with local population....Most others live here because they have married into the local (white) families (Ironically one once had ties with the KKK). OR were AA children adopted by families. A few families have moved in because of transfer etc job related...middle class families --well liked.

The children are all well thought of, successful in school and socialize/date without any reference to skin color as do our Asian children. It is truly as MLKing's dream speach indicated...acceptance as a person with out regard to skin color.

Will freep mail you the two counties....There is quite an extensive history written somewhere....but don't know if I can locate it.


16 posted on 08/02/2004 12:39:50 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: BackInBlack
Who are the "racist wing" of the Republican party?

Byrd, the Senator from W.V. is a former KKK.---where is the apology?

No racist Democrat switched parties to the republican party, other than Strom Thurmond.

And you might be surprized to know that the diehard KKK members, and other white supremist groups hate BUSH as much as the Dems!

The history in this letter is completely accurate! Read this website:

http://wayneperryman.com/

The "constituancy" which voted for and fought and died for equal rights, is the same constituancy that still fights this fight: Evangelical Christians. The Democrat/Republican split is quite different than North/South it is really more along the lines of Urban/Rural. Check out the county by county map from the last election:

Did you know that Affirmative Action was signed into law by NIXON?!

Do you realise how many people of color Bush has appointed into real positions of power in his administration? How does his record measure up to clinton's administration?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that he had a dream, which the Republicans try to live out; that a person should be judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

17 posted on 08/02/2004 12:46:47 PM PDT by tuckrdout (I am here because abortion use to be illegal.)
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To: hoosiermama

Does this mean they are voting for Nader?


18 posted on 08/02/2004 12:50:13 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get moose and squirrel ... B. Badanov)
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To: hoosiermama

Get the book!

http://wayneperryman.com/


19 posted on 08/02/2004 12:51:50 PM PDT by tuckrdout (I am here because abortion use to be illegal.)
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To: BunnySlippers

No one around here would vote FOR Nader.....They might push his button, but it would be a "neither of the above" vote.


20 posted on 08/02/2004 1:03:35 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: hoosiermama

This is very interesting material, and I admit it's making me rethink my position to some extent. It's still baffling to me that a white supremecist could vote for a party that favors affirmative action. I could see voting for local Democrats, but that's a different story entirely -- not sure if that's what you mean. But there's certainly barely a presence of the KKK (or Council of Conservative Citizens types: www.cofcc.org) in the Northeast or Pacific Coast -- the heart of Democrat country. And the Council of Conservative Citizens certainly seems to support Republicans far more than Democrats.

Irrelevant to this general line of thought, MLK Jr. actually favored affirmative action explicitly. He is misremembered in that regard. But I disagree with him on that.


21 posted on 08/02/2004 1:03:48 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: BackInBlack

You obviously don't live in the South, and you have never seen a 'yellow dog democrat.'

I assure you those Democrats exist today, and for the longest time (think even today's KKK Robert Byrd) the Democrats have tried all they can think of to keep them voting Democratic here in the South. Democrats have never let principles get in the way of keeping power.

I for one think they should be pressed to pay up. If Shallow AL Sharpton is looking for his 40 acres and a mule, he'd do best to get them from his Democratic friends who are the ones who kept those promises from us.


22 posted on 08/02/2004 1:05:01 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: tuckrdout

Thanks ...I had tried to find this book at a bookstore....couldn't remember the name....Do appreciate the link.


23 posted on 08/02/2004 1:07:03 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: hoosiermama

bump for reading later


24 posted on 08/02/2004 1:09:35 PM PDT by bellas_sister (" Senator, do you know there's a girl found dead in your car?")
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To: hoosiermama

Hoosiermama, you’re preaching to the choir. I was not being sarcastic with my post, nor was I questioning or “dissing” Ms. Rice in any way. I think it’s great that an obviously well educated Black female is standing up to the DemonRat political machine.

My question was a simple honest inquiry that I had hoped one day Ms. Rice or someone else in the Black community could answer.

And yes I was taught some of this information in school. Of course, I’ve also been accused of being older than mud. And, I went to school before the liberal brain washing NEA took control of the school system.

So I’ll again throw out the question for anybody to answer.

With survey after survey stating that the “typical middle class Black” wants the same things for his/her family that President Bush and the GOP have tried to provide, (and that which the DemonRat party has promised year after year after year ad-nausea and has never delivered on), such as school vouchers and limiting abortion on demand, why does “typical Black America” continue to vote a straight DemonRat ticket?


25 posted on 08/02/2004 1:18:25 PM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (If the Dems want to raise taxes on "the rich", how about a 90% tax on contingency fees? A. Coulter)
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To: hoosiermama

ping-pong


26 posted on 08/02/2004 1:20:13 PM PDT by Coffee_drinker (No More Pearl Harbors)
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To: tuckrdout

You make some excellent points. Your graph on the county-by-county voting is instructive. However, there are other factors at play, which I'd like to address.

First, I'd be interested to know whether the margins of Republican victory in white southern counties are greater than in rural northern counties. Given that cities like Atlanta aren't preventing massive Republican victories in Georgia in national elections, whereas Portland can hand Oregon to the Dems (for instance), this is a question worth pursuing.

Second, you ask, what's the racist wing of the Republican Party? It's people who subscribe to the views espoused by groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens: www.cofcc.org. Those folks ain't voting Democrat.

You say no racist Democrat switched parties other than Thurmond. The Dixiecrats were a party, not just one man. And the Dixiecrats were Democrats who had, yes, switched parties. Not necessarily to the Reps, but not Dems.

Plus, it's hard to deny that the South started going Republican as a result of the civil rights movement, which was propelled by northern Dems (and voted for by northern Reps). Remember, non-southern House Dems voted for the CRA 141-4. That's not the only factor, but it certainly matters. The sheer strength of Strom Thurmond's candidacy demonstrates that many southern Democrats were not content with their party and were looking to switch. And do you count people like Jesse Helms? Or Whitten? Albert Watson? Or even Trent Lott, who opposed integration at his college and was affiliated with the Council for Conservative Citizens? Besides, why not consider folks like David Duke, a Republican?

Again, I'm not saying I support the Democrats. I don't. But there IS a racist wing of the Republican Party, and it is significant.


27 posted on 08/02/2004 1:40:13 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: Waryone

See my post to tuckrdout for an answer.


28 posted on 08/02/2004 1:45:24 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: BackInBlack
"The letter mentions how the KKK was a wing of the Democratic Party, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a KKK member today who would vote Democrat."

You don't live in the south do you?

I am from a rural district in north east Arkansas. ALL county offices are held by Democrats and have been since reconstruction. All races are resolved during the primaries.

Now I can't say that everyone of these people don a white sheet and sing Kumbiah around a burning cross - but I do know that a few have, and that things like that still occur in that neck of the woods.

Democrats are very strong in the more racist regions of this state. NE/SE/SW . They are loosing strength in the central region and have little power left in the NW.

I suspect this is a trend throughout the south. As racism and hate falter, so does the democrat party in the south.

29 posted on 08/02/2004 2:04:15 PM PDT by Outlaw76 (Citizens on the Bounce!)
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To: Outlaw76

Sorry, I should have clarified. I meant that KKK and Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) types wouldn't vote for Democrats on a national level, because those were the ones associated with the civil rights movement, affirmative action, and welfare. Forgive the vagueness of the previous reference.


30 posted on 08/02/2004 2:09:06 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: hoosiermama

BTTT


31 posted on 08/02/2004 2:11:21 PM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

I, too, admire Condi Rice a great deal. Your question was this:

"With survey after survey stating that the “typical middle class Black” wants the same things for his/her family that President Bush and the GOP have tried to provide, (and that which the DemonRat party has promised year after year after year ad-nausea and has never delivered on), such as school vouchers and limiting abortion on demand, why does “typical Black America” continue to vote a straight DemonRat ticket?"

You are right that many blacks oppose abortion on demand, but blacks don't tend to vote on that issue. For me, being pro-life does affect my vote, but I'm the exception, not the rule. As for vouchers that issue has only gotten hot in the last couple of years, and isn't so monumental as to make people change their votes when issues such as income redistribution, the minimum wage, gun control, and affirmative action are on the table. Those tend to be the most important issues to black voters. Try as I might to convince my friends that welfare is a road to nowhere, that's not the prevailing view.


32 posted on 08/02/2004 2:38:07 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: BackInBlack
Sorry but I do not believe your answer to tuckrdout applies to my post.

You said: Now don't get me wrong; I vote Republican, straight down the ticket. But that doesn't mean I respect the racist wing of the party. And come on, let's not kid ourselves: the national Republicans capitalize on that wing.

I know that there are some racists within the Republican party. There are racists in both parties, but I don't agree with your belief that Republicans have been able to capitalize on that "wing." As someone who has lived in the South and is well over forty years old, it has always been the Democrats who have capitalized on the yellow dog racists.

You continue: The letter mentions how the KKK was a wing of the Democratic Party, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a KKK member today who would vote Democrat.

You may be hard pressed to find anyone who would admit they were a member of the KKK, but most of them educate their children with instructions similar to those given to black children -- "always vote the straight Democratic ticket."

The difference being that the KKK members almost always add that they will never forgive what the Republicans did to them in the Civil War.

I take issue with this continued statement of yours: So in this debate, I think we should stick to the issues -- welfare is harmful, affirmative action breeds resentment -- rather than this imagined line of descent from racist southern Democrats to modern northeastern Democrats.

The line is clear historically, no imagination is necessary. As for a select group of "modern northeastern Democrats," as I said to you, they have courted the southern yellow dog Democrats for years in order to keep their power. They have had a great deal of practice doing a strange dance similar to what Kerry does today, they said one thing to the black audiences one day and something else to the southern whites the next day.

Spend a little time learning about history as it really occurred. (Read Wayne Perryman's book Unfounded Loyalty) Then carefully examine the political history of the South and see how long the northern Democratic political machines were able to play on the southern white racists' vehement hatred of the Republican party.

There is a reason why the first black (full term) US Senator was a Republican from Massachusetts, and the until fairly recently, Republicans could not get elected in much of the South.

33 posted on 08/02/2004 2:42:10 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: hoosiermama
Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

' Took only two "Wheras'es" to get around to reparations, I see...

34 posted on 08/02/2004 3:10:17 PM PDT by TXnMA (Glad to be out of MA and back in God's Country!)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
Because they have not been allowed the EDUCATION that they should have been granted. They have been oppressed and kept in ignorance for one reason only: To further the needs of the "Democratic" party.

It is logical and comes from common sense...if one is a victim of the Mushroom Syndrome, one only knows the mushroom caves.

35 posted on 08/02/2004 3:13:32 PM PDT by Monkey Face (The obvious is always new to somebody.)
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To: Waryone

You make a compelling argument. One thing, though. You say: "[Modern Northeastern Democrats] have had a great deal of practice doing a strange dance similar to what Kerry does today, they said one thing to the black audiences one day and something else to the southern whites the next day." I'd genuinely be curious to know what Kerry and other northeastern whites in recent years have said to southern whites that might be offensive to blacks. It would be good fodder for debates with black friends who vote Democrat!

I would like to ask your thoughts on the Council for Conservative Citizens. They clearly favor Republicans, and I see them as paradigmatic of the "racist wing" of the Republican Party. Are they non-representative? (I ask that genuinely, not rhetorically.)

I also wonder what you see as the reason behind the southern shift away from Democrats (in national elections) over the last 60 years. The Dixeicrats were, of course, not Democrats, by definition. And their big issue was segregation, right? And what happened after 1964 besides the Civil Rights Act that can explain why federal Democrats, especially presidential candidates, have a tough time winning southern states, when they used to take that for granted? Again, a genuine question. If the conventional wisdom is wrong, I'd like to hear why.


36 posted on 08/02/2004 3:21:55 PM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money; Trueblackman; mhking

"the liberal brain washing NEA took control of the school system."

BINGO!!!!

I taught school for 30+ years and yes those of us older than dirt did receive some of this material in our education. Have you looked through any of your state adopted history books lately.?....You'll be shocked! Then again maybe you won't...Rewriting History is not something invented by the Clintons....

Then again, Ask Trueblackman, mhking, they might have more insight to your question than I do.


37 posted on 08/02/2004 3:32:07 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: Joe Brower
This, IMO, was one of the best speeches President Bush has given:

Addressing Urban League, President Bush Offers African-American Community a Real Choice   7-23-04

~snip~

Does the Democrat party take African American voters for granted? (Applause.) It's a fair question. I know plenty of politicians assume they have your vote. But do they earn it and do they deserve it? (Applause.) Is it a good thing for the African American community to be represented mainly by one political party? That's a legitimate question. (Applause.) How is it possible to gain political leverage if the party is never forced to compete? (Applause.) Have the traditional solutions of the Democrat party truly served the African American community?

That's what I hope people ask when they go to the community centers and places, as we all should do our duty and vote. People need to be asking these very serious questions.

Does blocking the faith-based initiative help neighborhoods where the only social service provider could be a church? Does the status quo in education really, really help the children of this country? (Applause.)

Does class warfare -- has class warfare or higher taxes ever created decent jobs in the inner city? Are you satisfied with the same answers on crime, excuses for drugs and blindness to the problem of the family? (Applause.)

Those are legitimate questions that I hope people ask as this election approaches. I'd like to hear those questions debated on talk radio, I'd like it debated in community centers, in the coffee shops. It's worthy of this country for this debate to go forward and these questions to be asked and answered.

I'm here to say that there is an alternative this year. There is an alternative that has had a record that is easy to see. If you dream of starting a small business and building a nest egg and passing something of value to your children, take a look at my agenda. If you believe schools should meet high standards instead of making excuses, take a look at my agenda. If you believe the institutions of marriage and family are worth defending and need defending today, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you believe in building a culture of life in America, take a look at my agenda. If you believe in a tireless fight against crime and drugs, take a look at this agenda. If you believe that our men and women in uniform should be respected and supported 100 percent of the time, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're struggling to get into the middle class and you feel like you're paying plenty of taxes, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're a small business owner who is trying to expand your job base and are worried about excessive lawsuits, increasing taxes and over-regulation, take a look at this agenda. (Applause.)

And finally, if you believe in the power of faith and compassion to defeat violence and despair and hopelessness, I hope you take a look at where I stand. (Applause.)

You see, I believe in my heart that the Republican party, the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, is not complete without the perspective and support and contribution of African Americans. (Applause.)

And I believe in my heart that the policies and actions of this administration, policies that empower individuals and help communities, that lift up free enterprise and respect and honor the family, those policies are good for the nation as a whole. That's what I believe. And I'm here to thank you for giving me a chance to come and express those beliefs.


38 posted on 08/02/2004 6:14:54 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: hoosiermama; Joe Brower

I posted the original on 6/4/04 after I received it in an email from my friend Frances Rice.

Here's that thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1147682/posts

Frances will be happy to hear that her 'Open Letter' is getting wide distribution.


39 posted on 08/02/2004 7:52:09 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: JulieRNR21

Thanks Julie.....I had printed a couple of copies but had failed to bookmark it....Bluegrass found it again when it was mentioned on another thread. We then decided it needed to be posted again....


40 posted on 08/02/2004 8:01:52 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: JulieRNR21

frmail to you


41 posted on 08/02/2004 8:11:48 PM PDT by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
Perhaps Ms. Rice can explain why, with all these facts, 90 to 95% of all Blacks still vote a straight DemonRat ticket.

I think this phrase addresses that question.

From the article:
Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that:...

They've used it for decades and will continue to do so as long as it works.

42 posted on 08/02/2004 8:21:14 PM PDT by Bob
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To: hoosiermama

Glad to see it reposted......it deserves to be read by every American!

Frances is an American patriot and a remarkable woman! Here is her biographical information.

Frances Rice is an attorney and an African-American woman who served in the Army for 20 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Army she served as a company commander, an adjutant in a basic combat training brigade and a prosecutor in courts-marital.

Upon retiring, she was awarded the Legion of Merit. She is currently serving on the Board of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota, the SaraMana Black Republican Club and the SaraMana Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that helps low-income residents become homeowners and small business owners. In these positions, she puts both her Juris Doctorate and MBA degrees to good use.

She was recently appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Medal of Merit Board for the state of Florida. Frances is married to Peter Rice, a retired diplomat from the U.S. Department of State.


43 posted on 08/02/2004 8:28:13 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: hoosiermama

Why not send this great article to every African American magazine, newspaper and web site, especially to the NAACP.


44 posted on 08/02/2004 8:30:32 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus
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To: BackInBlack

I do not appreciate the generalized unfounded associations you make between the Republican party and white racists, no matter how well written they are! NO, the influence of racists in the party is NOT significant!

You provided no names of any "dixiecrats" who switched parties to become republicans. The best you could do was a generalized pronouncement and present a racist stereotype of southerners.

You could provide no facts because, on the contrary, all of the Democrats who fought against the Civil Rights amendment in 1964---STAYED DEMOCRAT---INCLUDING AL GORE SR and Robert Byrd!...only Thurmond switched parties.

The COFCC ain't voting republican either! They have an article smearing the republicans on their site, which you posted. And they certainly don't have any links to republican sites or candidates on their site, so your attempt to group them as the "racist wing" of the republican party, just doesn't fly!

Using your reasoning, I suppose that one could say that since radical Muslim terrorists are not going to vote for republicans, they are democrats!


David Duke is NOT a part of the National Republican Party, and so I do not believe that he defines the party in even the smallest way-although the Democrats would like him to. They like to ignore United States Senator Byrd and focus on some lowly county executive in Louisiana! Ignore Dodd's comments, and focus on Lott's......who, by the way, was punished by his party for his comments, while the democrats did nothing about Dodd's comments!


How many black Democratic Senators have there been? How about NONE. Republicans have had 3. How many black Democrats have been appointed to power positions in a Presidential administration? (attorney general, secretary of state, secretary of defense, chief of staff, press secretary, national security adviser, White House counsel) Bush appointed 6 minorities to his cabinet, (one was even a Democrat) and two blacks and a hispanic in the "power" positions---as a matter of fact minorities have filled 45 percent of the Bush administration's highest policy positions!


You are reguritating oft repeated Democratic false propaganda, and I am not going for it.


45 posted on 08/02/2004 8:32:10 PM PDT by tuckrdout (I am here because abortion use to be illegal.)
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To: ImaTexan

ping


46 posted on 08/02/2004 8:47:20 PM PDT by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: BackInBlack
You make a compelling argument. One thing, though. You say: "[Modern Northeastern Democrats] have had a great deal of practice doing a strange dance similar to what Kerry does today, they said one thing to the black audiences one day and something else to the southern whites the next day." I'd genuinely be curious to know what Kerry and other northeastern whites in recent years have said to southern whites that might be offensive to blacks. It would be good fodder for debates with black friends who vote Democrat!

I agree. I would love to have been a fly on the wall, or at least a disregarded open mike.

I would like to ask your thoughts on the Council for Conservative Citizens. They clearly favor Republicans, and I see them as paradigmatic of the "racist wing" of the Republican Party. Are they non-representative? (I ask that genuinely, not rhetorically.)

This is a little known organization that is said to have a history of ties to the white supremacist movement. You stated they clearly favor Republicans but I see no proof that Republicans favor them. The organization has no authority or sway in the Republican Party. They exist and may even favor some Republicans over others, but I would not judge the candidates they support based on a CCC endorsement, I would evaluate them based on their individual records. The CCC is not the Republican Party as a whole and only a few of their views are shared by those in the party. Politics does make strange bedfellows, but I would say that the Communist Party and even the Socialist Party have far more influence on the Democratic Party than the CCC has ever had in the Republican Party.

I also wonder what you see as the reason behind the southern shift away from Democrats (in national elections) over the last 60 years. The Dixiecrats were, of course, not Democrats, by definition. And their big issue was segregation, right? And what happened after 1964 besides the Civil Rights Act that can explain why federal Democrats, especially presidential candidates, have a tough time winning southern states, when they used to take that for granted? Again, a genuine question. If the conventional wisdom is wrong, I'd like to hear why.

You asked, so here is my opinion:

If you look at the long record of governors and senators and congressmen, you will see the Democratic Party predominant in most of the southern states until very recently. Most of the state houses and senates were Democratic as well. The reason why the national party did so poorly in the South was again due to the southerners’ hatred of the North and the dislike of their perceived northern ideals.

Since 1964, every time the power brokers of the Democratic Party have nominated a northerner they have had trouble. Lyndon Johnson (Texas) - big winner in the South, Hubert Humphrey (Minn.) - no south winner, McGovern (South Dakota) – no south winner, Jimmy Carter (GA) – a winner though Carter did eventually lose to Reagan in the South and everywhere else. Dukakis (Mass) northern liberal - no south. Clinton, a son of the South, won there. Al Gore, who by 2000 could barely gather up the remaining few of his father’s racist friends, not only lost the South, but also lost his own home state of Tennessee to a southern Republican George Bush. You can see the trend for yourself. Most of the candidates nominated to run by the Democrats were the dreaded northerners and communistic, socialistic and eventually humanistic anti-American liberals. If they were perceived as one of their own, they won. If they were perceived as liberal influenced or northern invaders, they did not.

The dynamic influence that I believe led to this situation is the religious nature of the South. As the Democratic Party took on more of the ideas of the humanistic, intellectual northern elitists, they began to become less religious and more anti-war, anti-US, anti-military. It was this turning away from the Lord, and those things perceived as right, that the drove people into the party that was not ashamed of God and tradition. Black people as well share a love of the Lord, but for some reason, we seem more able to separate our political beliefs from our religious beliefs.

Those who saw and truly hated the new ideals of the Democratic Party, but also still hated the dreaded Republican Yankees, later formed the now defunct Dixiecrat Party. They were also known as the State’s Rights Democratic Party. The Dixiecrats were short-lived organization of electorate, even in the south, and after a brief separation, they quickly returned to the Democratic party which always held the majority of those who voted KKK line.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much, and I don’t want to eat up all the bandwidth. I do tend to go on. If you have any other questions or thoughts, please freepmail me.

47 posted on 08/02/2004 9:21:18 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: tuckrdout

I apologize for offending you; it was not my intention. I do not want to extend this argument too long. But please allow me to answer a couple of your criticisms, because obviously I've angered you, and I want to show that I have some factual basis for my claims.

I actually did mention some names of Democrats who became Republicans and who were racist. But look, the bottom line is that, at the federal level, the Democrats used to have a strong liberal wing based in the North and a strong conservative wing based in the South. The conservative wing included many for whom issues of race -- or "states rights," insofar as those rights allowed the perpetuation of Jim Crow -- were paramount. The Democrats now have an overwhelming liberal wing and a weak conservative wing.

Look at these facts. Three of the four states that Thurmond won -- Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina -- started voting reliably Republican in federal elections right around the civil rights movement. That's not coincidence. You want names? Each of those voters has a name. Consider: in 1948, Dixiecrats got 87% of the Mississippi vote. Then in 1964, Republican Barry Goldwater got, yes, 87% of the Mississippi vote. In other words, the supporters of the Dixiecrats very quickly became the supporters of Republicans, at least on the presidential level. Similar numbers can be found for the other states that Thurmond won.

True, there may have been other reasons why Goldwater appealed to the South -- small government, for instance -- including many of the reasons I vote Republican today. But yes, in key southern states, Democrat voters became Dixiecrat voters, and they in turn became Republican voters at the federal level.

The C of CC does not endorse Republicans, but rather treats them as the Greens treat the Democrats: abdicators of the cause who are almost, but not quite, as bad as the other side. Trent Lott, a former Dem, spoke to this group, praised this group, and was enthusiastically supported by the group's president when he made his ill advised statements about Thurmond's candidacy.

Look, I'm not saying the Democrats don't race-bait too. Of course they do. But many southern Dems who once supported the Dems ultimately switched to the Reps by way of the Dixiecrats. If they had skipped the Dixiecrats but then went for Goldwater, I'd agree with you. But they didn't.


48 posted on 08/03/2004 10:45:47 AM PDT by BackInBlack
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To: tuckrdout; hoosiermama; cuz_it_aint_their_money; Trueblackman; mhking; BackInBlack; Waryone; ...

FYI.....I came across the following today.....

****The Black Vote****

"Democrats left Boston last week all fired up about John Kerry, save for one surprising group: the black vote," the Wall Street Journal says.

"That may explain why the Democratic nominee is dumping $2 million into outreach ads on Black Entertainment Television and urban contemporary radio," the newspaper said in an editorial.

"The Kerry camp's concern is that black support is miles wide, but only inches deep. A BET/CBS poll released on the eve of the Democratic convention found that just 27 percent of black voters are 'enthusiastic' about the nominee, and 45 percent say a Kerry presidency would make little difference in their lives. If you're a Democrat, this is worrisome because unenthused voters are more likely to stay home on Election Day. For Republicans, this is an opportunity to present the GOP as a viable alternative for the black electorate.

"Six months before an election, the black vote typically lags 10 points or so behind the white vote in intensity. Democrats usually close the gap in the interim by way of black media outlets and other get-out-the-vote efforts. But when the Tarrance Group conducted its battleground survey in June, it found that black voter intensity was trailing by more than 20 points. It also found that union voters, a Democratic constituency that comprises a disproportionate number of blacks, were less motivated by Mr. Kerry than white conservative Christians were by Mr. Bush."

---Greg Pierce, Inside Politics
August 3, 2004


49 posted on 08/04/2004 9:06:04 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: JulieRNR21
That seems to be good news.....

dumping $2 million into outreach ads

Sort of like dumping money into a black (rat) hole.;^)

50 posted on 08/04/2004 9:10:21 AM PDT by hoosiermama (19 five * meals for $200---"The sKerry-- Real Meal Deal")
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