While this is a fair point to bring up, the problem is that several of the then-Democrats who opposed this and other civil rights laws become Republicans.
And most of the Rats that lead the filibuster like Gore, Fullbright and Sheets Byrd stayed Democrat. So isn't it logical that the few segregationists of that era who moved to the GOP (Strom is the only one I can think of) had different reasons than race for becoming Republican?
Vietnam, The Cold War and the tilting of the Democrat leadership to the far left on foreign policy comes to mind as a reason. Reagan was surely not a segregationist --- he supported the Civil Right Act --- but he and many others like him moved to the GOP at the same time.
posted on 08/11/2003 6:21:44 AM PDT
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Great reply and one that we shoudl pre-emptively use. I'm simply pointing out that the Democrats will raise the issue of the party switchers and it is accepted by many blacks that the bigots all became Republicans for segregationalist reasons. Your argument is a good one but it is going to be an uphill battle because we'll be fighting a lie that everyone already believes is true.
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