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Five decades of lies help Democrats create monolithic black vote

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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?

by on May. 4, 2013 at 4:41 AM
Replies (41-44):
by Emerald Member on May. 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM
Quoting nanaofsix531:

Your testimony is that you have never heard one (1) thing from the right that wasn't a lie? Not even just wrong, but a lie.
If that is truly your position, then you have just outed yourself as the most closed minded and ignorant person on the planet.
Did you mean to do that?

by Ruby Member on May. 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

So you are saying that Larry Elder decided to write the article because Democrats are in charge?

Not exactly - he pretty much has been saying these same things for the past  25 years or so, through many different administrations. I'm pretty sure he's saying the same thing he always does.

It sounds like it bothers you that he is black, but is not a Democrat. HOW COULD THAT HAPPEN??!  Larry does get verbally abused by lots of liberal Democrats, and I hear he has a really long list of names he's been called over the years.

Why would Democrats rail on a black man like that, specifically about holding their own view? I thought Democrats liked blacks,  favor people speaking out on their opinions, and love the truth.

Quoting denise3680:

Quoting SallyMJ:

Why do you think that the cities that have fallen apart, with lots of social and economic problems (eg, Chicago, DC, etc.) have been run by Democrats for 50 years? And they are not showing any signs of getting better.

That illustrates to me that liberal ideas do not work - Let's try something else.

Quoting denise3680:

honestly I think both parties have failed minorities hell the American people in general.  I say we get rid of the party lines and names and forma  new government that is truly for the people by the people:/  This whole debate is a dead end as long as the petty fighting is clouding the sight of the real issues.  Matters not who is in charge neither party is doing what they should be doing and we as the people are continuing to vote them in to do more nothing:/

 this is not a party issue but a government issue, period.  They depend on this type of in fighting, you pointing fingers at democrats, them pointing fingers back.  But in the long and short of things nothing is getting done.  Like I said, it matters not who is in charge, neither party is doing what needs to be done to get things moving. 

by Gina on May. 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM
Black People were at a major disadvantage as soon as they were brought to this country, and every time they tried to break the chains of oppression, someone came along and slapped them down. The history of broken families amongst Black people did not start 50 years ago, it started as soon as chains were slapped around them and someone thinking they were no better than animals decided to break up families for profit. It was no One Party that did this, but rather the majority of a race in America and the world that thought that they were better than Black people. As to why Black Democrats are so down on Black Republicans, well, I'm sure that they have their reasons but since I'm not privy to them, I couldn't say.
Quoting SallyMJ:

Just WAY more to blacks.

Sadly ironic that leftist Democrats  who are black, act like and say the exact same kinds of things to conservative blacks, as racist Democrats said to them years ago.

Quoting gludwig2000:

 For the record, let me just state that I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that every single American both alive and gone, has been lied to and used by our Elected Officials. It doesn't matter what party they belong to, once they get in office, they start promoting their own agendas, and we are left out in the rain because they don't care about us or our Political Affiliations. Once they get our vote, we have served our purpose.

by Gold Member on May. 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM


The article makes the assumption that black people are voting because they do not realize they have been lied to. It does not allow for that they are smart enough to know they have been lied to, but may be voting Democratic for other reasons, such as current day policy decisions. In politics, everybody lies to everybody, but you vote according to what policies you wish to see put forward and supported, not because of who said what to whom in the past.

It is as you said, saying conservative women vote conservative because they secretly want men to control them. That assumes the woman is not smart enough to vote for policies that she has some logical reason for wanting to see supported. It is never good to attempt to get people on your side by saying they are stupid. I personally believe in giving people credit, and I think conservative women vote conservative not because they hate women, but because they support conservative policy today. 

Quoting SallyMJ:

If it's helpful - I can tell you that  most of what is said by liberal elected leaders - and almost everything said by the MSM and entertainment - denigrates women who choose other than the far left wing liberal Democrat women's perspective.  I've been asked here on CM if I hate myself for having mainstream views that are just not liberal.

That isn't being said here.

Funny how a man who happens to be black writes about why 96% of blacks are Democrats - and essentially HERE is being called a racist, stupid, self-hating, etc.

Same as in real life.

Why would CM moms denigrate a black man, who happens to be a libertarian, and not a Democrat, for just stating his opinion? As if his opinion is determined by his DNA? And by CM?


Quoting rccmom:


I'm not black, but I was wondering if anyone out there also felt as if this were insulting. It seems to say that blacks can't figure it out when they are being lied to and they aren't very informed.

Quoting Citygirlk:

I am black that's why I'm saying it. It's insulting.

I can see why all the post I see are i hate Obama, liberals, gays, Muslims, Christians, etc.. It's annoying. I'm not even on here like I used to be.

Quoting shannonnigans:

 Imagine reading this if you're black.  A bunch of yentas on CMom telling you you're essentially an idiot. 

On the other hand, this board seems to be fading anyway.  Its membership is down to about 2,200, and I believe it was MUCH higher not so long ago.  There are some posts that stay static for days without any action.    

Quoting Citygirlk:

Every time I see a post like this all I see is blacks are dumb and that's why they vote democrate. That's JMO on this subject.








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