Skip to comments.The True History of the Democratic Racist Party
Posted on 11/17/2005 4:31:49 AM PST by Rhadaghast
So much for the Republican "outreach" to black voters, with only 2 percent of blacks "approving" of the president's performance.
If only blacks knew of the true history of the Democratic Party.
"Black History Month" has been observed for 29 years, yet many blacks know little to nothing about the parties' respective roles in advancing or hindering the civil rights of blacks. How many blacks know that following the Civil War, 23 blacks -- 13 of them ex-slaves -- were elected to Congress, all as Republicans? The first black Democrat was not elected to Congress until 1935, from the state of Illinois. The first black congressional Democrat from a Southern state was not elected until 1973.
Democrats, in 1854, passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This overturned the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the importation of slaves into the territories. Disgusted with the passage of this Act, free-soilers and anti-slavery members of the Whig and Democratic parties founded the Republican Party -- not just to stop the spread of slavery, but to eventually abolish it.
How many blacks know that blacks founded the Texas Republican Party? On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites formed the party. No, not the Black Texas Republican Party, they founded the Texas Republican Party. Blacks across Southern states also founded the Republican parties in their states.
Fugitive slave laws? In 1850, Democrats passed the Fugitive Slave Law. If merely accused of being a slave, even if the person enjoyed freedom all of his or her life (as approximately 11 percent of blacks did just before the Civil War), the person lost the right to representation by an attorney, the right to trial by jury, and the right to habeas corpus.
Emancipation? Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In 1865, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it.
Civil rights laws? In 1868, the 14th Amendment was passed giving the newly emancipated blacks full civil rights and federal guarantee of those rights, superseding any state laws. Every single voting Republican (128 of 134 -- with 6 not voting -- in the House, and 30 of 32 -- with 2 not voting -- in the Senate) voted for the 14th Amendment. Not a single Democrat (zero of 36 in the House, zero of 6 in the Senate) voted for it.
Right to vote? When Southern states balked at implementing the 14th Amendment, Congress came back and passed the 15th Amendment in 1870, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote. Every single Republican voted for it, with every Democrat voting against it.
Ku Klux Klan? In 1872 congressional investigations, Democrats admitted beginning the Klan as an effort to stop the spread of the Republican Party and to re-establish Democratic control in Southern states. As PBS' "American Experience" notes, "In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1865." Blacks, who were all Republican at that time, became the primary targets of violence.
Jim Crow laws? Between 1870 and 1875, the Republican Congress passed many pro-black civil rights laws. But in 1876, Democrats took control of the House, and no further race-based civil rights laws passed until 1957. In 1892, Democrats gained control of the House, the Senate and the White House, and repealed all the Republican-passed civil rights laws. That enabled the Southern Democrats to pass the Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and so on, in their individual states.
Civil rights in the '60s? Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act.
What about the reviled, allegedly anti-black, Republican "Southern strategy"? Pat Buchanan, writing for Richard Nixon (who became the Republican Party candidate two years later) coined the term "Southern strategy." They expected the "strategy" to ultimately result in the complete marginalization of racist Southern Democrats. "We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states' rights, human rights, small government, and a strong national defense," said Buchanan, "and leave it to the 'party of [Democratic Georgia Gov. Lester] Maddox, [1966 Democratic challenger against Spiro Agnew for Maryland governor George] Mahoney, and [Democratic Alabama Gov. George] Wallace to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.'" And President Richard Nixon, Republican, implemented the first federal affirmative action (race-based preference) laws with goals and timetables.
So next "Black History Month," pass some of this stuff along.
I've bookmarked this thread; it's a keeper!
Woodrow Wilson was the first democrat elected with the support of blacks. The NAACP broke with the repubs and endorsed Wilson. He immediately implemented Jim Crow in the federal government.
Did they buy them off? The Great Society stuff?
I believed that they used the same tactics that they are using against President Bush.
They and their propganda arm, the media, kept repeating the lie until they started believing it.
The Democrats also claimed that they for the "little people".
The "little people" swallowed that line hook,line and sinker.
I have heard all of this but never seen it documented so nicely. Thanks for posting. This is one to print and save for those office debates.
Dems still look up to Wilson today as some kind of hero. How absurd. It was his successors Harding and Coolidge who were more progressive when it came to race and civil liberties issues.
I had never heard about that Pat Buchanan statement. It is quite remarkable and makes it all the more astounding so many on the left have branded Pat as racist.
Seems like a turning point in this whole mess was indeed the 1960 election. If Johnson had never been president, Dems probably would not have gotten credit for all the civil rights legislation. Of course Johnson admitted it was all done "to keep them voting Democrat for 100 years." Sadly he was right, but at a huge and disastrous cost to America.
Legislation to ban lynching fell victim to Senate filibusters, despite pleas for its passage by seven presidents, between 1890 and 1952. And It was mostly filibustered by Democrats.
Kinda of ironic, isn't it?
I am sure this information will be included in the Philadelphia mandatory African-American history courses.
I wonder if I wrote something like this for Black History Month and submitted it to the local liberal rag if they would publish it.
Sure! Go for it! I am planning to.
I might make one tiny suggestion, however; you need not refer to your local liberal rag as a "liberal rag", at least not in the same communication.
Simply by ommitting this popular and well-known sentiment, your letter will stand a much better chance of actually being published.
Dr. Bobby Spivey, PhD
Here is a troll on an old thread.