by: the Common Constitutionalist
It’s baffling to most Republicans and conservatives that a vast majority of blacks in America support, defend and vote for Democrats.
Somehow history has been rewritten. I misspoke. We know how. I believe it can be traced back to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for before that time, most blacks were Republicans.
According to his niece, Dr. Alveda King, MLK was Republican. Republican you say? Impossible! We have all been taught that the Democrats are the party of civil rights, of minority empowerment and Republicans are racists. It’s irrefutable!
Well, here’s a little proof. Time to step into the Way-Back machine again.
It was 1954 and the Supreme Court was deciding the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case. The Supreme Court and Chief Justice Earl Warren, appointed by Republican Pres. Eisenhower, ruled for Brown. The landmark decision ended school segregation and declared the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision violated the 14th amendment, with its “Separate but Equal” doctrine. The Democrat party supported the views and sided with the Topeka Board of Education. In fact, a faction of the democrat party, the Dixiecrat’s, formed in 1948, had a slogan; “segregation forever”.
It was Pres. Eisenhower (republican) that established the first permanent U.S. civil rights commission, which had coincidentally been rejected by the Democrat man of the people, Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt actually banned black American newspapers from the military, claiming they were communist.
Many Democrats voted against the first civil rights act in 1957. Among them was a senator from Massachusetts named John F Kennedy. Republicans such as Sen. Everett Dirksen and Barry Goldwater supported it.
In fact, Illinois Sen. Dirksen was instrumental in virtually all civil rights legislation; in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968. He wrote the language in the 1965, “Voting Rights Act”. But history has been rewritten to show LBJ was a civil rights advocate.
Yet in private Johnson said: “these Negroes, they’re getting uppity these days. That’s a problem for us, since they got something now they never had before. The political pull to back up their uppityness. Now, we’ve got to do something about this. We’ve got to give them a little something. Just enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference. If we don’t move at all, their allies will line up against us. And there’ll be no way to stop them. It’ll be reconstruction all over again.”
As president, JFK opposed the 1963 MLK march on Washington. A. Philip Randolph, a black Republican, organized the march for Dr. King.
It was well known back then that Dr. King criticized Kennedy for ignoring issues of civil rights. JFK didn’t take too kindly to the criticism and was one of the reasons he had his Atty. Gen. brother Bobby Kennedy, through the FBI, wiretap King’s hotel rooms on suspicion of him being a communist. This was all done to undermine King’s efforts, for obviously Dr. King was no communist.
There were many other notable Democrats; none were friends of black Americans. Some of the leading opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were racist Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Al Gore Sr. and Robert Byrd. What? Al Gore’s dad was anti-black? Yep. And Robert Byrd was a former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan.
A few of the worst were Eugene “Bull” Connor, Lester Maddox and George Wallace. Bull Connor let loose dogs and fire hoses on black demonstrators and did I forget to mention he was also Pres. Bill Clinton’s mentor.
Maddox, governor of Georgia, and his supporters used ax handles to beat blacks to prevent them from entering his restaurant.
Alabama Gov. Wallace infamously blocked two black students from entering the University of Alabama in 1963, where he continually shouted: “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
Before history was rewritten it was well known that racist Democrats said they would vote for a “Yellow Dog” before a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
It was Ronald Reagan that made Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday.
So despite what we hear, see and read today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would never be a democrat. Not then and not now. He would’ve never joined the party of segregation and the Klan.
Of course, were he alive today, he would probably have his doubts about the GOP.