I am not a fan of liars, or those that stretch, whitewash, or twist the truth in order to make themselves look good. Neither is history a fan of those that do that, as it often reveals later what was attempted to be hidden today. So what happens when history itself is stolen, when the truth of the past is twisted and whitewashed in order to make a lie appear as truth? We not only fail to learn from the mistakes of the past, but usually end up making a mess of the present as well.
Did you know that prior to 1820, free blacks could both vote and hold public office? Unfortunately, as our Founding Fathers began to die off, a shift against civil rights began to occur, most notably in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states. At the time, the Democratic Party was the dominant party in those states. Concerned about this shift, in 1854 a group of men in Congress decided to form a new party to stand in direct opposition to this pro-slavery attitude. Calling themselves the Republican Party, their first platform in 1856 had only nine planks, six of which were dedicated to ending slavery and securing equal rights for blacks. The Democratic platform of that year took an opposite position and defended slavery, supporting both the Fugitive Slave Act and the Supreme Court Dred Scott decision that enshrined slavery as legal. And the truth does not end there:
- The seven Supreme Court Justices that upheld slavery in the Dred Scott decision were Democrats.
- The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was founded by Democrats
- A Democratic majority in the mid-Atlantic and Southern state legislatures opposed the 14th & 15th Amendments, passed the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, legalized racial discrimination and denied blacks the rights of citizens
- A Democrat majority in the U.S. Congress under both FDR and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission
- Democrat President Lyndon Johnson called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “that [N-word] preacher” because he opposed the Vietnam War
- Democrat President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights law as a Senator, and as president opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., even ordering the FBI to investigate Dr. King on suspicion of being a communist
- Late Democrat Senator Robert Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
- Late Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals” and blocked their appointments
- But, a Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, wrote the Emancipation Proclamation
- Southern Republican whites were persecuted and lynched alongside blacks for their support of civil rights
- A Republican majority passed the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments to the Constitution, which would ensure the rights of blacks to vote and be considered citizens
- A Republican majority in Congress passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting blacks protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations
- Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sent U.S. troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958, and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation
- Nearly 30% more Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950’s and 1960’s
- Both black and white Republicans founded the NAACP
- And, prior to the 1960’s, the Republican party was the party of most blacks, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
So how did black history get so twisted? Well, if we refuse to teach the whole truth of history, people will continue to believe the big lies. So, while I would be the first to say that both political parties have made some pretty boneheaded decisions in the past, only one party has a history of fighting against the full independence of blacks, and it is not the Republican Party.
It’s time to know history’s truth – and to set it free.
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