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Five decades of lies help Democrats create monolithic black vote

Posted by on May. 4, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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April 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm 

By Larry Elder

As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year's presidential election. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln's Republican Party easily carried the black vote -- where blacks were allowed to vote. Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. It wasn't until 1948, when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.

Yet, as a percentage of the party, more Republicans voted for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did Democrats. For his key role breaking the Democrats' filibuster and getting the act to pass the stalled Senate, Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen, a conservative from Illinois, landed on the cover of Time magazine. President Lyndon Johnson called Dirksen "the hero of the nation." The Chicago Defender, then the country's largest black daily newspaper, applauded Dirksen's "generalship" for helping to successfully push through the bill. 

Older black voters sometimes explain they're opposed to Republicans because of the "racist" Southern strategy. But Richard Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchannan, credited with inventing the "Southern strategy," considered the Democratic Party the party of the racists. Buchanan said: "We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states' rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense, and leave it to the 'party of [Democratic Georgia Gov. Lester] Maddox, [1966 Democratic challenger against Spiro Agnew for Maryland governor George] Mahoney and [Democratic Alabama Gov. George] Wallace to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.'"

But before that, another pivotal event occurred that helped the GOP-as-racist meme. In 1960, during the presidential campaign, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested following a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Atlanta. Hundreds of other protestors were released, but King was jailed on a trumped-up probation violation for failing to have a Georgia driver's license.

King's aides reached out to then-Vice President and Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon. They also reached out to the Democratic nominee, John F. Kennedy. Bobby Kennedy called the Atlanta judge handling the case. Shortly after that call, the judge released King. Nixon, according to Harry Belafonte, a King supporter, "did nothing." Is that true?

Nixon, it turns out, had a much closer relationship with King than did Kennedy. In the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., records show considerable handwritten notes and correspondence between Nixon and King. This includes a 1957 letter from King acknowledging their previous meetings, which thanked Nixon for his "assiduous labor and dauntless courage in seeking to make the Civil Rights Bill a reality," and praised him for his "devotion to the highest mandates of the moral law."

But in 1960, on the eve of the election, Nixon was in a tough spot. Nixon's public silence might be misconstrued as acceptance of King's arrest. On the other hand, as a candidate for his boss's job, Nixon worried about the political costs of appearing ungrateful if he chastised President Dwight Eisenhower for not taking stronger action. Eisenhower, however, was content to let the Justice Department handle the matter.

According to historian and presidential biographer Stephen Ambrose, while Nixon made no public comments, he telephoned Attorney General William Rogers to find out if King's constitutional rights were being infringed, thus opening the door for federal involvement. Nixon, a lawyer, was concerned about the ethics of calling a judge to get him to release someone.

Nixon, writes Ambrose, told his press secretary: "I think Dr. King is getting a bum rap. But despite my strong feelings in this respect, it would be completely improper for me or any other lawyer to call the judge. And Robert Kennedy should have known better than to do so." That Bobby Kennedy, also a lawyer, nevertheless made a phone call to the judge did not alter the issue of whether it was appropriate. In retrospect, an easy call, but not at the time.

Two million pamphlets titled, "'No Comment' Nixon Versus a Candidate With a Heart, Senator Kennedy," were distributed in black churches. Never mind that in 1956 Nixon revealed he was an honorary member of the NAACP. Or that Nixon pushed for passage of the '57 civil rights bill in the Senate. Or that Time magazine wrote that Nixon's support for civil rights incurred the wrath of one of his segregationist opponents, Sen. Richard Russell, D-Ga., who sarcastically called Nixon the NAACP's "most distinguished member."

But the GOP-is-racist meme can be heard nightly on MSNB-Hee Haw and in political science and history classes all over the country. Actor Morgan Freeman calls the tea party racist. Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., tells us that the GOP wants to "literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."

Keeping blacks ignorant of history remains crucial to this caricature of the Republican Party -- and to the monolithic Democratic black vote. Not so black and white, is it?

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Carpy
by Platinum Member on May. 4, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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Pretty much sums it up.  The democrats rely on victims so they can turn them into voting blocs.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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At one time the democratic party was racist against blacks now they seem to have turned their racism against the whites.
Farmlady09
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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The sad thing is that they are only 'pretend' victims who are given everything ~ except enough of an education to understand how badly they've been lied to.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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And especially with blacks who are conservative, who have rejected the ideology of the left, and who dare to think for themselves.

The most dangerous kind of conservative in the eyes of liberals is a black conservative.


Quoting JoJoBean8:

At one time the democratic party was racist against blacks now they seem to have turned their racism against the whites.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

BUMP!

gludwig2000
by Gina on May. 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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 As a Democrat, I do not consider Republicans racist. Don't get me wrong, some of them are, just like some Democrats are, but I refuse to paint everyone by the same brush, including politics.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Nice to know. I really appreciate your fairness - I wish all Democrats were like you. Maybe you can smack them into shape - Just kidding!  :)

Why do you think there is so much deliberate false judgment from so many on the left toward the right - a huge version of persecution based on what is considered politically correct by the left.  I used to see it just a tiny bit. The last five years have been unbearable. It is today's version of racism or some other blatant bigotry.

A really good example is the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. I sincerely believe that if President Obama had not stepped out of his role as the president of the whole United States of America, that public sentiment would not be so overwhelming against George now. And of course, if the news media had not reported this originally as racism (ie, George Zimmerman perceived as "white"), I don't think the story would ever have gone national. I don't know if it would even have gone to trial. It would have been a local story.


Quoting gludwig2000:

 As a Democrat, I do not consider Republicans racist. Don't get me wrong, some of them are, just like some Democrats are, but I refuse to paint everyone by the same brush, including politics.



gludwig2000
by Gina on May. 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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I can't really say why it is happening, but I do believe that those in power foster the negativity and jump to judgement from both parties, because it's not just the left. I do think that they prefer that we fight amongst ourselves, on issues that are important, but not the main event issues just to keep us busy from looking too closely at what they are doing. Its the slight of hand trick that magicians use, imo.
Quoting SallyMJ:

Nice to know. I really appreciate your fairness - I wish all Democrats were like you. Maybe you can smack them into shape - Just kidding!  :)

Why do you think there is so much deliberate false judgment from so many on the left toward the right - a huge version of persecution based on what is considered politically correct by the left.  I used to see it just a tiny bit. The last five years have been unbearable. It is today's version of racism or some other blatant bigotry.

A really good example is the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. I sincerely believe that if President Obama had not stepped out of his role as the president of the whole United States of America, that public sentiment would not be so overwhelming against George now. And of course, if the news media had not reported this originally as racism (ie, George Zimmerman perceived as "white"), I don't think the story would ever have gone national. I don't know if it would even have gone to trial. It would have been a local story.


Quoting gludwig2000:

 As a Democrat, I do not consider Republicans racist. Don't get me wrong, some of them are, just like some Democrats are, but I refuse to paint everyone by the same brush, including politics.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

BUMP!

JanuaryBaby06
by Gold Member on May. 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

 

i agree :D

Quoting gludwig2000:

I can't really say why it is happening, but I do believe that those in power foster the negativity and jump to judgement from both parties, because it's not just the left. I do think that they prefer that we fight amongst ourselves, on issues that are important, but not the main event issues just to keep us busy from looking too closely at what they are doing. Its the slight of hand trick that magicians use, imo.
Quoting SallyMJ:

Nice to know. I really appreciate your fairness - I wish all Democrats were like you. Maybe you can smack them into shape - Just kidding!  :)

Why do you think there is so much deliberate false judgment from so many on the left toward the right - a huge version of persecution based on what is considered politically correct by the left.  I used to see it just a tiny bit. The last five years have been unbearable. It is today's version of racism or some other blatant bigotry.

A really good example is the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. I sincerely believe that if President Obama had not stepped out of his role as the president of the whole United States of America, that public sentiment would not be so overwhelming against George now. And of course, if the news media had not reported this originally as racism (ie, George Zimmerman perceived as "white"), I don't think the story would ever have gone national. I don't know if it would even have gone to trial. It would have been a local story.

 

Quoting gludwig2000:

 As a Democrat, I do not consider Republicans racist. Don't get me wrong, some of them are, just like some Democrats are, but I refuse to paint everyone by the same brush, including politics.

 

 


 

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