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July 05, 2006

Racism and Political Party Affiliation

Ever notice how Democrats fancy themselves as the party of the minority? John Hawkins wonders how they can justify this belief. One has to go no further than Senator Robert Byrd (WV - KKK) to show that there is at least some inaccuracy to it. But John shows a number of other inconsistencies.
To begin with, the Republican Party was founded by anti-slavery activists, in contrast to the pro-slavery Democratic Party. It was Abe Lincoln, a Republican President, who led the North to victory in the Civil War and freed the slaves while the Democrats did everything in their power to keep black Americans down.
Indeed, the very origins of the GOP lie in the abolition of slavery; without it and the Civil War, the Republican party may have been no more than a footnote in America's history, while some other party challenged the Democrats as their primary competition.

Things do not show improvement over the next century within the Democratic party, but Republicans make continued progress.
But, what about the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964? That's where the Democrats showed their mettle and Republicans were proven to be racists. Right? Wrong. 82% of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 versus only 64% of Democrats.
36% of Democrats voting against the Civil Rights Act? And the Democrats represent minorities? I'm scratching my head over that one.

But now, blacks who have a strong influence on politics are generally Democrats, right? *BUZZ* Wrong!
"...(W)hite Republicans nationally are 25 percentage points more likely on average to vote for the Democratic senatorial candidate when the GOP hopeful is black. ...In House races, white Democrats are 38 percentage points less likely to vote Democratic if their candidate is black."


Look to Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Rod Paige, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, J.C. Watts, Michael Steele, Ken Blackwell, Lynn Swann [all conservative or involved in the GOP]...
I will not stand on a pedestal and claim that the Democrats are a party of racists, but I will loudly express that Democrats have no claim in calling the GOP the party of racists.

UPDATE 7/6 12:10 PM: Case in point, Republican could never get away with saying something like this. Yet, I suspect that Biden will not be held accountable for this statement and many Democrats may even stand with what Biden has stated.