Conservative politicians seem to be afraid that if they talk about racism they will lose the black vote.
But it is time for them to take it to the Democrats, revealing the truth.
All through out history the Republican Party was the aggressor in the attempt to bring “racial justice and civil rights” to Black Americans. The Democratic Party platform opposed legislation from 1855 until 1940, and though they finally included it in their platform, they still suffered intense opposition in much of their party.
In 1856 the first Republican platform was submitted, and it contained only nine planks; however, six of the nine set forth bold declarations of “equality and civil rights for African-Americans”, based on the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
This emphasis on racial justice was the primary reason that the Republican Party was formed.
There was no mention of “racial justice and civil rights for Black Americans” in the Democratic Party until 1940. And from then until 1964 every Democratic President encountered stiff opposition from his party.
When Democrat John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960, he had been less willing than Republican President Eisenhower to utilize executive orders to promote civil rights. — He even delayed for more than two years the signing of an executive order to integrate public housing.
However, following the violent racial discord in Birmingham in 1963, Kennedy sent a major civil rights bill to Congress – a bill based on the findings of Eisenhower’s 1957 Civil Rights Commission.
Kennedy worked aggressively for the passage of that civil rights bill but was tragically assassinated before he could see its success.
President Johnson refused to bring a Republican civil rights bill to a vote as speaker of the Senate, but after his appointment as President presented the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Two important civil rights acts were signed into law under this Democratic President, but it was the Republicans in Congress who made possible the passage of both acts, for Democratic President Johnson had been unable to garner sufficient Democratic support to pass either bill.
At that time Democrats had 315 members in Congress, holding almost two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of the Senate. President Johnson needed only a majority – only 269 votes – to get those bills passed; but out of the 315 Democrats, only 198 voted for passage.
Democrats had it completely within their power to pass those bills and did not do so.
The bills passed because Republicans overwhelmingly came to the aid of Democrat President Johnson: in fact, 83 percent of Republicans voted for those bills, a percentage of support almost twenty points higher than that of the Democrats.
If not for the strong support of Republicans, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would never have become law – not to mention the fact that the heart of both bills came from the work of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
One brilliant political move by the charismatic President Kennedy occurred when Martin Luther King was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama during a sit in at a restaurant.
President John F. Kennedy helped Martin Luther King Jr. get out of jail after he did the Civil Rights Movement, which was highly publicized.
This won the hearts and minds of the black community and has been exploited ever since.
As President John F. Kennedy begin to draw support of the black voter — And since the bills were passed during a Democratic administration, the Democrats have been falsely promoted by the liberal press and their party as the party that most favored the civil rights of African Americans through out history, and continues today.
The liberals have successfully played the race card since the death of Martin Luther King. Claiming the Republican’s history of “fighting for equal rights for African Americans” to be their own
Today race baiting has become one of the most effectively used tactics in the Democratic Party.
And the president has shamed the honor and prestige of “the office of the presidency” by adopting that tactic, without any regard for the great Martin Luther King dream. – a dream that our president was never taught, because of his parents dislike for the “ the American capitalist system”.
CLICK HERE FOR A 124 YEAR HISTORY OF MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS EFFORTS BASED ON A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF THE EARLY PLATFORMS OF THE TWO MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES. — STATEMENTS BY THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN THEIR OWN WORDS.
Following are a few excerpts:
THE DEMOCRATS PLATFORM — 1840, 1844, 1848
All efforts by abolitionists . . . to interfere with questions of slavery . . . are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences and . . . have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the stability and permanency of the union.
THE REPUBLICANS PLATFORM — 1840, 1844, 1848
[Republican Party not yet formed.]
THE DEMOCRATS PLATFORM — 1856
The Democratic Party . . . will abide by and adhere to a faithful execution of the acts . . . settled by the Congress of1850: “the act for reclaiming fugitives from service or labor.” . . . [We support] non-interference by Congress with slavery in state and territory, or in the District of Columbia [i.e., we oppose all congressional attempts to abolish slavery in any area of the nation].
THE REPUBLICANS PLATFORM – 1856
As our Republican fathers, when they had abolished slavery in all our national territory, ordained that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, it becomes our duty to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it for the purpose of establishing slavery in the territories of the United States. . . . [W]e deny the authority of Congress, of a territorial legislation, [or] of any individual or association of individuals, to give legal existence to slavery in any territory of the United States.
NOTE: Republicans were first elected as the majority party in 1861. Over the next eleven years, they passed almost two dozen civil right laws – and three constitutional amendments – to reverse the barriers of discrimination, segregation, and institutional racism.
SHOCKING FACTS IN 1892
The Democrats had engaged in extensive efforts to suppress black voting, and those efforts had been successful.
For example, in Mississippi in 1892, there were 70,000 more blacks than whites in the state but white voters outnumbered black voters by a margin of 8 to 1. And in Birmingham, even though some 18,000 blacks lived in the city at the turn of the century, only 30 were eligible to vote.
In Alabama and Florida, the number of black voters was reduced by nearly 90 percent, and by the 1940s, only 5 percent of blacks in the Democratic South were registered to vote. In fact, in 1965 in Selma, Alabama – a city with more black residents than white residents – the voting rolls were 99 percent white and only 1 percent black.
Clearly, Democratic voter suppression efforts had been successful, however Republicans had sought to have federal protections at the polling places to protect African Americans from corrupt local officials, and it is to this practice of protecting black voters with federal marshals that Democrats here object.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOUNDED AND PROMOTED KU KLUX KLAN ACTIVITIES
The “inhuman outrages” perpetuated upon African Americans in the South were largely committed through the Democrats’ Ku Klux Klan.
It is indisputable historical fact that the Klan was started by Democrats. In fact, during congressional hearings on the subject, one prominent Democrat testified that the Ku Klux Klan “belongs to . . . our party – the Democratic Party.”
And the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan was prominent Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest, an honoree at the 1868 Democratic National Convention.
Recall also that every Democrat in Congress voted against the 1871 bill to punish Klan violence.
Why were blacks so often the target of Klan violence? According to African American U. S. Rep. John Roy Lynch: “More colored than white men are thus persecuted simply because they constitute in larger numbers the opposition to the Democratic Party.”
African American U. S. Rep. Richard Cain of South Carolina, a bishop of the AME denomination, agreed, declaring: “The bad blood of the South comes because the Negroes are Republicans.
If they would only cease to be Republicans and vote the straight-out Democratic ticket there would be no trouble.
Then the bad blood would sink entirely out of sight.” It was these Democratic and Klan “inhuman outrages” to which Republicans here object.
In 1957 — Democrat Governor Griffin promised that as long as he held office, he would “maintain segregation in the schools; and the races will not be mixed, come hell or high water.”
To prepare for the possibility that Republican President Eisenhower might do in Georgia what he had done in Arkansas, legislation was introduced in the Democratically-controlled Georgia legislature so that if desegregation was attempted, the public schools of the state would be dissolved and replaced with state-run private schools so that blacks could be excluded.
These type of schools became known as “segregation academies.”
Meanwhile, in Arkansas, Democratic Governor Faubus, unable to prevent black students from attending school because of the federal protection they received, simply shut down the schools for the next year to prevent further attendance.
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