Skip to comments.KKK's 1st targets were Republicans
Posted on 10/25/2007 11:42:36 PM PDT by RussP
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The despicable history of the Democratic Party in supporting slavery and the KKK must be heralded far and wide. And so also the Republican history of fighting them.
Rusty Humphries talked extensively about this book today -- and I loved every second of it. We need more of that.
I am always amazed at people who are obsessed with the history of slavery and racism yet are apparently ignorant of the fact that, for many decades, the Democrats fought tooth and nail to keep them in place while the Republicans fought to end them.
Imagine how the political landscape could change if this history were widely known.
Every member of the KKK who ever served in the US Congress was a Democrat.
Good grief, there have only been 20,000 books on this subject in the last 100 years. This article acts like its some new found revelation.
Why did you choose 1882 as your starting year?
I don’t think it matters. And most people do know this or have heard of it. It’s ironic or ‘interesting’ and nothing more, to me. When I hear it, I realize that it’s “What Democrats were at one time” and that they definitely are not that now.
Whatever the party did previously with respect to the KKK doesn’t matter when they are firmly devoted to siding with minorities, particularly blacks as they are the loudest, on every issue from affirmative action to reparations (should the latter ever get off the ground), and will stomp the head of any ‘whitey’ who gets in the way now—just in case anyone doubts their sincerity.
They have clearly evolved into the all inclusive party, regardless of whatever they were then. You don’t have to have ambition. You don’t have to prize family, English, the forefathers, the US itself or anything else: All you have to do is throw em a vote, and they’ll fight for you.
Someone should let this guy know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
“Good grief, there have only been 20,000 books on this subject in the last 100 years. This article acts like its some new found revelation.”
Well, not quite 20,000. I know of only two, Perryman and Zak (but then I look forward to seeing your list). And I don’t think either of them has had anything like the attention it deserves. Why? Because the NYT prefers to keep its readers in the dark, of course.
Yes, it’s history, but you cannot just pretend that decades of history didn’t happen. And yes, most of the public is ignorant of that history. Yes, they may know that Lincoln was a Republican, but they know little of the epic struggle and the fact that the KKK and Jim Crow were Democratic Party institutions.
Also, I would argue that “Affirmative Action” policies of the Democrats are still racist. Deep down, they don’t believe that blacks can compete in academia or the marketplace without favoritism mandated by the government. Yes, their intentions may be more noble than they were in the KKK days, but their racist policies are still harmful to blacks in the long run.
By the way, the History Channel did a program on the KKK, and if I am not mistaken they never so much as mentioned that it was an arm of the southern Democratic Party. Do you think they would have overlooked something like that if the KKK was started by Republicans?
It’s time to wake up and realize that the public has been kept ignorant of the history of the two major parties on racial matters. And for Republicans not to exploit this history to the hilt is the epitome of folly.
There is good reason that it has not been posted and, in my opinion it should be removed immediately before someone sees it. The Republican Party is the party of Freedom and Decency but to post blatantly false information which can be easily disproved is a disservice to the Party.
An estimated 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites died at the end of KKK ropes from 1882 to 1964.
Balderdash. This was the total number of lynchings in the United States. Many were carried out by the Klan but many, probably most, were not. The numbers include 31 lynchings of Whites in Arizona while NOT ONE Black was lynched. Was this the work of the Klan? Not at all. Look here.
When we use false statistics it creates an atmosphere where everything we say can be discredited. My family has been a part of the Freedom Party since the time of Lincoln and I do not want the record sullied by some half fast "historian".
Wow, the despicable KKK is so desperate...
>Yes, their intentions may be more noble than they were in the KKK days
Who says they are? Read what you wrote: “Deep down, they dont believe that blacks can compete in academia or the marketplace without favoritism mandated by the government.”
Hardship must be overcome for there to be growth from slavery into adulthood. By keeping anyone dependent on government, the Democrats maintain the infantilization of those dependent on government.
Maybe the wrong people are being asked to pay repriations.
One note; if anyone has read anything about Forrest. The KKK was started by him and others; and was not for the purpose the KKK eventually became. He also left the KKK when he saw what they were becoming.
Hillary and Bill have a lot of money now; so maybe they would like to contribute it.
Blacks have always been pawns in the political process. First as slaves and then afterward. The mostly Republican North wanted to empower them to weaken the power of the mostly democrat South. The Democrat South resisted for the same reason, political power.
However, the Democrat South has always been more faithful to the intent of the founders, more conservative. As the Communist began infiltrating the Democrat Party in the early ‘20s and became progressively stronger, reaching a high point in the 1960s, conservatives began switching parties to the Goldwater Republican Party.
The Democrats exploited the historic separation of the races with Lyndon Baines Johnson commenting about the passing of the 1964 voting rights act to his friend Richard Russel of Georgia, “That’ll keep the (N word) voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”
The fight has always been between Constitutionalist and those who wanted to bend it (a Living Document) and blacks have always been exploited by one side or another, often both.
Today, we have blatant Communism versus a free society. The Democrats are outwardly exploiting the race issue while the conservative Republicans are trying to adhere to conservative principles. However, all is politics still.
The battle has always been conservative principles, those this country was founded upon, versus “progressives” who want to exploit it for their personal ambitions. The prize is control.
Conservatives value personal individual control, letting each become what they will, and the Progressives value central collective control making each become what they want of them.
Blacks are still exploited but have now been joined by women, the “poor”, Hispanics, and any other group the Democrats can convince to become “victims.” As far as this article is concerned, Republicans should be careful about being proud as a party. As they used to say in the opening of an old TV show, “ ... only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.”
Jim Crowe was one of the founders of the KKK.
The Democrats still continue to promote slavery and dependence on government, they just pay them better and with other peoples money.
Republicans still want to set them free.
How many people have been crippled by the war on poverty?
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