Skip to comments.Calvin Coolidge and Civil Rights—The Rest of the Story
Posted on 05/16/2013 7:54:31 AM PDT by statestreet
Recently, Politico ran an article piquantly entitled Calvin Coolidge, civil rights pioneer?
One might surmise such an opinion piece might be penned by Amity Shlaes, author of the recent best-selling biography of Silent Calbut even more remarkably it had been authored not by the ubiquitous Ms. Shlaes but by Kurt L. Schmoke, the black former Democratic mayor of Baltimore.
Schmoke, taking note of Senator Rand Pauls April visit to Howard University, reminded readers of Coolidges June 6, 1924 commencement address there. Coolidge gave the commencement . . ., noted Schmoke, now vice president and general counsel at the school, and signaled a significant change in progressive race relations. In reading his words it must be recalled that he spoke at a time when separate but equal was the law of the land, when lynchings trumped due process in criminal cases involving black men, and when the most recent Democratic president, Woodrow Wilson, had praised a film which glorified the Ku Klux Klan.
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...
One more reason why Calvin Coolidge was the greatest president we ever had, except for possibly George Washington.
Until really the 1960's, the "Great Society", and the purchase of the Black community by the social welfare system, at bargain rates compared with slavery, the Republican Party was always the party of equal rights for black citizens. If one correctly defines "equal" they still are.
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