Yeah, that was certainly a very smooth trick. I think a lot of that goes back to the way in which the fight for equal rights under the law quickly morphed into a fight for special rights under the law. Ironically, once again Republicans were for equal rights, and the Democrats for special rights, except now the racial beneficiaries of the special rights switched places.
It was laways the Republican administrations that appointed blacks on the basis of merit rather than pandering. You could always count on the Democrats to throw blacks into their designated posts at domestic graft factories like HUD and Education while the Republicans were first to appoint blacks to critical posts like Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Advisor.
What I could never figure out is why blacks fall for the rat con job?