Great Moments in Democrat Racist History: Civil Rights

"Liberals often insist that somehow, magically, between the 50s and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the racist Dems and the reforming freedom-loving Republicans 'switched places' and Republicans were now the evil racists. This video addresses that goofy notion. Be sure to check out the blog at http://theblacksphere.blogspot.com" [/youtube]
Ryjkyjsays...

What? I was never taught that in school. Not that they didn't try to teach a bunch of crap. But it was 1964, pretty much everyone was racist. Just like pretty much everyone is racist now.

NetRunnersays...

This is one of these half-truths the right likes to tell people about the Civil Rights Act.

Sure, more Democrats opposed it than Republicans, but those weren't northern and western liberal Democrats, those were conservative Southern Democrats. If you look at the breakdown of votes by party and region, you see that it was the representatives of the former Confederate states that voted against it.

Also, think about some notable individuals who voted against it. Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater, conservative hero even today, voted against it. One of the so-called Democrats who voted against it was South Carolina Democrat Strom Thurmond, who later became a Republican.

In fact, if you think about the former confederate states, do they tend to vote Republican, or Democratic today?

As for the point about the KKK, they too changed parties in the same time period. They really liked (and still like today!) the kind of reasoning people like Barry Goldwater and Rand Paul use on the Civil Rights Act -- it's wrong because it takes away freedom from racists to discriminate.

Modern conservatives run on a platform that includes dismantling legal protections from discrimination. They use their persuasive clout to stoke racial resentment, and to vilify anyone who expresses even the slightest complaint about racial insensitivity. When called out on it, they hold up events from 50 years ago; not as proof that they're interested in racial equality, but primarily to try to discredit the people who champion equal rights in 2010 as being somehow hypocritical.

Democrats don't deny our past. We definitely don't claim to have always been pure on the question of race, and we don't claim to be pure on it now. What we do claim is that we're committed to using legislation to blunt the worst effects of it, and use whatever persuasive clout we have to kill off the rest of it.

kronosposeidonsays...

Oh come on, is this the best you can do, i.e., reach into the past to point out Democratic racism? I'm aware that the Democratic Party had a number of racists in the past. So did the Republicans. At one time even the "Great Emancipator" Abraham Lincoln wanted to deport blacks to Africa after they were freed.

- My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, -- to their own native land.

Quoth the first Republican president, of the Grand Old Party - the "party of Lincoln"

- Free them (slaves), and make them politically and socially, our equals? My own feelings will not admit of this; and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not.

- If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.

And let's not forget St. Ron of Paul's racist newsletters from the past.


Okay, now that we've got our history lessons out of the way, what's going on in the HERE and NOW? Well, we have:

- Republicans and Tea Party activists questioning the citizenship of Barack HUSSEIN Obama (emphasis theirs, not mine)
- The "Yup, I'm a racist." shirt becoming a popular item at Tea Party events 12
- Tea Party activist Mark Williams racist remarks and statements 34
- Racist signs and slogans at Tea Party events 56
- And this:



So, are ALL Tea Party activists racist? NO. Is there an obvious, in-your-face racist demographic within the Tea Party movement? YES.
Not a history lesson, but a report on current events.

quantumushroomsays...

“I’ll have them nggrs voting Democrat for the next two hundred years.”

---Circa 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s vow after he signed into law civil rights legislation.
Inside the White House, Ronald Kessler, Simon & Schuster, p. 33.


Conversely MLK was not a "staunch Republican". Had he lived he likely would've ended up a shakedown race-hustler like Je$$e $harpton.

Boise_Libsays...

Netrunner is blankfist your sock puppet?

Do you use that ID to post completely obnoxious and easily disprovable hogwash so that you can easily shoot it down?

Throbbinsays...

Upvote for the use of maths and accurately reporting history.

I guess if we're just going to label organizations as racist based on events 50 years ago the U.S. is fucked. So is Canada. England. France. Spain. Portugal. The Dutch. Italy. Ah shit...

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