The Democratic Party has been waging war against Blacks since the election of the first Democratic President, Andrew Jackson who owned slaves. They were the party of slavery whose voters included the cotton farmers.
In their party platforms from 1840 to 1860, the Democrats supported slavery. In the 1860 elections, the country was deeply divided. Abraham Lincoln and his main Republican rival, William H Seward both wanted to abolish slavery. As we all know Lincoln won the nomination and later was elected President.
On the Democratic side, the party was split between Northern and Southern Democrats. The southern favorite, John Breckinridge wanted a Federal law protecting slave owners’ rights in the new states. His chief rival, Stephen Douglas was moderate and did not think a Federal law was needed. But he, like his rival Breckinridge, also wanted the state’s residents to decide whether or not to have slavery.
We all know the rest of the story. Lincoln’s election sparked the Civil War. After the war was over and slaves were emancipated, the Democrats became the party of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
The Jim Crow laws of enforced segregation started in about 1877 after the withdrawal of Union troops from the south. Many southern whites were resentful that their former slaves became their social equals and competed with them for jobs.
Renown historian Eric Foner wrote, “In effect, the Klan (KKK) was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party, the planter class and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy.”
The last Democrat linked to the KKK was Senator Robert Byrd, who died as recently as 2010 while still in office. Like many Democrats, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Yes, it’s true that Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) signed the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964. But there is more to the story. There were actually two LBJ’s. The LBJ before 1957 was different than the LBJ from 1957 onwards.
Before 1957, LBJ was a segregationist like all southern Democrats. He opposed laws against lynching, eliminating poll taxes, Truman’s civil rights programs, federal funding to segregated schools and killed the Civil Rights Bill in 1956. But in 1957, there was a change.
LBJ supported and helped pass the watered down Civil Rights Act 1957 that was proposed by the Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. LBJ, then Senate Majority Leader, had so watered down the Eisenhower’s proposal as to render it ineffective. Even so, many Democratic Senators, including the liberal icon John F. Kennedy voted against it!
Val Washington, director of minorities of the Republican Party wrote a letter to LBJ.
He wrote, “If the Senate had passed the Eisenhower Civil Rights Act as the House did, it could have been pointed to as a beacon which would have cast its light over all the world. … At the bar of world opinion, the US has lost one of its greatest sales point of a democracy – equality for all its citizens …
Since you have been so persistent in your anti-civil rights attitude, one would have to be suspect of your supposed change of heart. I am positive, Senator, that neither you, nor any of your Southern colleagues would vote for this Bill unless you know that it is meaningless and ineffective.”
Effective or not, it was a turning point for LBJ. It was the first time he supported a Civil Rights Bill. He claimed to be a supporter of equal rights for Blacks. At the same time he could appease his southern voters in that the Act was totally ineffective. He reminds me of the two faced Greek god, Janus.
After Kennedy was assassinated, LBJ became President. He had to face elections in 1964 and knew that he could not win as a segregationist. Outside of the south, the mood of the country was overwhelmingly against racial discrimination. Thus he had to ditch once and for all, his old positions on race and segregation.
He passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ending segregation. In 1965, he passed the Voting Rights Act, which ended restrictions on the voting rights of Blacks. The Democratic Party rightfully feared losing the South because of the newly franchised Blacks. After all, the Democrats were so mean to them for more than a hundred years.
But LBJ confidently told two governors, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
He succeeded so far! He achieved the impossible after the passing of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the Voting Rights Act 1965 and the Great Society programs. After that Blacks became solid supporters of the Democratic Party.
(A piece of irony is that Democrats got the credit for passing the Civil Rights Act 1964 because LBJ opposed the Eisenhower Civil Rights Act 1957 in its original form. Otherwise, Republicans would have gotten the credit.)
Prior to that, the majority of Blacks voted (when they could) Republican. In fact, Alveda King, the niece of Dr Martin Luther King said that her uncle was a Republican.
Today, the continued expansion of the welfare state by LBJ’s successors has made many people dependent on the government and so they tend to vote Democratic. Unfortunately, the Black community is over represented among the ranks of the poor. That is one reason why they solidly support the Democrats blissfully unaware that the Democrats had screwed them up throughout American history.
And they continue to do so even today. The welfare state that LBJ and his successors set up has ruined the black family. All throughout the era of slavery and Jim Crow, the Black family was intact. Today, the welfare state has destroyed the family.
In the past, fathers were needed to care for the children. Today, a pregnant woman can depend on the state to take care of the family. Fathers have become superfluous. As a result, the number of children born out of wedlock increased from 7% in 1964 to 41% in 2012.
Among Blacks today, 70% of children are born to single mothers, according to Professor Walter Williams. He said, “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do. And that is to destroy the Black family.”
Children that grew out of single parent families have a far greater tendency to become poor and commit crimes than those who grow up in traditional two parent families. This is a key cause of black poverty and crime. The black poverty rate in 2010 was 27% or three times that of whites.
Blacks account for nearly half of homicides cases and 55% of robbery cases even though they are only 13% of the population. The Democrats are happy to keep them poor and dependent on government. At the same time, they teach them to blame their suffering not on their wrong policies but on white racism.
In a sense, Blacks are still enslaved, this time to the Democratic Party Plantation with chains of dependency and resentment. According to many writers, Black income rose faster before 1964 than after. So the Great Society programs did not help.
The most convincing proof that liberal policies (I call it Socialism) do not work is to look at cities that were run by Democrats for a long time. Take a look at say Detroit, a poor crime ridden city run by Democrats for over 50 years. Median household income was $26,325 for the period 2009 to 2013. This makes it one of the poorest cities in the US. The Black population is about 83%. Since they are the majority group, racial discrimination cannot be the reason why there are so many jobless people
The main cause of poverty is the breakdown of the Black family, but Democrats blame it on racism. All they want to do is to keep them angry and dependent on the government so that they will keep voting Democrat. LBJ’s plan is working so far when he said, “I will keep the niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
But what about black ‘civil rights’ leaders like Al Sharpton? What are they doing to help Blacks? Instead of helping blacks by repairing the black family, they are more interested in keeping them poor, dependent and angry at white America so that they continue to vote Democratic.
A Black traitor to his own race is one definition of “Uncle Tom.” Al Sharpton is an Uncle Tom, selling out the Black people for the electoral interests of the Democratic Party. He is so different from Martin Luther King a genuine civil rights leader.
Besides keeping blacks enslaved, the Democratic Party is a staunch supporter of abortions. And the ethnic group that disproportionately abort their babies are (you guessed it) blacks. About 40% of abortions in the US are done by black women.
It is not well known that liberal icon Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a eugenicist and racist. She wanted to improve the human race by discouraging the propagation of inferior people and she considered Blacks to be inferior. She was popular with the Ku Klux Klan which invited her to speak.
She wrote to Dr Clarence Gamble, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Despite all these and present injustices done to the Black community, Blacks still solidly support the Democratic Party. LBJ must be laughing in his grave.