Oct. 26, 2012
TO THE EDITOR:
From the National Black Republican Association Newsletter by Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in “A Covenant with Life: Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy”: Dr. King states, “My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, or ‘Daddy King,’ was a Republican and father of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was also a Republican. It should be no surprise that Dr. King was a Republican. Why? It was the Democrats who Dr. King was fighting and he would not have joined the Democrat Party.
In New York, anti-Civil War Democrats engaged in “Four Days of Terror” against the city’s black population July 13-16, 1863. These anti-Civil War Democrats verbally attacked Republican President Abraham Lincoln because he fought to free blacks from slavery and make his Emancipation Proclamation a reality — a proclamation that became the source of the Juneteenth celebration in black communities today.
If Democrats had left blacks alone at this moment in history, our nation would not be faced with racial divisiveness today. Instead, Democrats set for themselves the task of keeping blacks in virtual slavery.
The Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 was an attempt by Republicans to end the presidential election stalemate. Contrary to popular belief promoted by Democrats today, President Rutherford Hayes did not remove the last federal troops from the South.
Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every piece of civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s. In 1894, Democrats passed the Repeal Act that overturned civil rights legislation passed by the Republicans, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875. It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally achieve passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s.
Democrats declared they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
Republicans started the NAACP in 1909 on Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday to counter the racist practices of Democrats. The first black American to head the NAACP was Republican James Weldon Johnson who wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the inspirational song considered to be the Black National Anthem.
Few Blacks know that Republicans also started the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Democrat Robert Byrd remained a Democrat until his death in 2010. He was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and complained in a letter, “I would rather die a thousand times and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.” Robert Byrd called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited.
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the famous 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision.
Much is being made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an executive order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.
In 1958, Eisenhower established a permanent Civil Rights Commission that had been rejected by prior Democrat presidents including President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ignored today is the fact that it was Roosevelt who started blacks on the path to dependency on government handouts during the Great Depression with the promise of a “chicken in every pot” by Roosevelt with his New Deal that turned out to be a bad deal for blacks.
Little known by many today is that it was Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois, not President Lyndon Johnson, who pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In fact, Dirksen was instrumental to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965, and 1968. Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed Sen. Dirksen’s “able and courageous leadership” and The Chicago Defender, the largest black owned daily at that time, praised Sen. Dirksen for the grand manner of his generalship behind the passage of the best civil rights measures that have ever been enacted into law.
Democrats today ignore the pivotal role played by Sen. Dirksen in obtaining passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, while heralding President Johnson as a civil rights advocate for signing the bill. Chief opponents of the Civil Rights Act were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Al Gore and Robert Byrd. President Johnson could not have achieved passage of the civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.
Information about Johnson’s civil rights policy positions can be found in the Public Papers of the President, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965, vol. 1, pages 1-9.
Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act while a senator. After he became president, Kennedy opposed the 1963 march on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.
The Claremont Institute published an article by Gerald Alexander titled “The myth of the Racist Republicans,” an analysis of the decades-long shift of the South from the racist Democratic Party to the racially tolerant Republican Party. That article can be found on the Internet at www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.928/articledetail.asp.
The enforcement of affirmative action began with Richard Nixon’s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became known as “the father of affirmative action”) that was merit-based and set the nation’s first goals and timetables. Nixon was also responsible for the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1970s.
Fletcher, as president of the United Negro College Fund, coined the phrase, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Democrats have now turned affirmative action into an unfair quota system that even most blacks do not support.
Democrats claim they care about diversity but readily demean black professionals who do not toe the Democratic Party’s liberal line, slandering blacks such as Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas and Michael Steele.
A Democrat senator, the late Ted Kennedy, called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals.” Democrat Sen. Harry Reid slurred Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an incompetent Negro who could not write good English. “Slap at Thomas stinks of racism,” was the headline of the New York Daily News Dec. 7, 2004 editorial.
Democrat President Bill Clinton — following in the footsteps of his mentor, J. William Fulbright, a staunch segregationist, refused to enforce a court ordered affirmative action plan while president and was himself sued for discriminating against his black employees while governor of Arkansas.
President Obama, while an Illinois senator, provided funding for slum projects in Chicago that kept blacks trapped in rat and roach infested housing as reported by The Boston Globe.
Obama voted against the minimum wage bill and wrote a letter of support for former Klansman Sen. Robert Byrd that helped him win re-election. Obama also cut funding for historical black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He ended school choice scholarships in the District of Columbia and sent poor black children back into the failing D.C. public school system.
Obana’s out-of-control spending has killed private sector jobs and created 20% black unemployment. In his book Dreams From My Father, Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as “plantation politics.”
An example of the Democrats’ double standard on racism is the Willie Horton story. It was former Vice President Al Gore Jr. who first dup up Willie Horton to use against his rival, Michael Dukakis, during the 1998 presidential primary. Al Gore was given a pass for using Willie Horton against Dukakis during the primary, but George Bush was bashed for using Willie Horton against Dukakis during the general election.
Every election cycle, Democrats try to deceive blacks by claiming falsely that Republicans engage in “voter suppression” and want to “disenfranchise” blacks even though blacks are voting in record numbers. After several investigations by civil rights organizations and liberal newspapers, Democrats have produced no blacks who were denied the right to vote. Democrats ignore the charges, investigations and convictions of the Democrat controlled ACORN for massive fraud in several states. Democrats also fight the enactment of voter identification laws that would prevent voter fraud.
Democrats and the media used the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to perpetuate the falsehood that Republicans do not care about blacks. It was Democrats in charge of Louisiana and New Orleans who failed to act to protect black citizens. Democrat officials refused to implement the emergency evacuation plan and did not pre-position emergency supplies and personnel in the Super Dome. Over 1,000 buses were allowed to be ruined by the flood, and the Red Cross was prevented from bringing in truckloads of food and supplies into the city.
The 1898 Posse Comitatus Act precludes a president from going into a state without an invitation from the governor, and Louisiana Democrat Gov. Kathleen Blanco withheld her consent until it was too late for effective federal help. Democrats blocked Bush’s 2001 energy bill, which had $540 million for levee repairs.
Democrats deliberately keep blacks in poverty because Democrats have built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks, just as they did during slavery times. The centuries old election year strategy of Democrats is to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Every election cycle, Democrats preach hatred against Republicans and incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.
Democrats are aligned with teachers’ unions and block efforts of Republicans to provide school choice scholarships to black parents so they can get their children out of failing schools. Democrats put the special interests of teachers unions over that of poor blacks. Socialism uses welfare to keep blacks in poverty.
Since the so-called War on Poverty, over $9 trillion has been spent on poverty programs, with little movement in the poverty cycle. Money is not the issue. Adherence to socialism and dependency on government handouts has produced generational poverty in black communities.
Therefore, I cannot understand why blacks think they always owe their allegiance to the Democrat Party. Remember when people used to say, “Vote for the candidate by his character, not by the color of his skin?” Since Obama has no record to run on, it seems this time it’s opposite of that.
Facts about racism in the Democratic Party can be found in books such as A Short History of Re-construction by Dr. Eric Foner and Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past by Bruce Bartlett. An excellent reference is Whites, Blacks & Racist Democrats by Wayne Perriman that provides startling details about racism in the Democratic Party from 1792-2009.
Dr. King was a Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith and his Republican Party principles in his struggle to gain equality for blacks. He did not embrace the type of socialist, secularist agenda that is promoted by the Democrat Party today, which includes fostering dependency on welfare that breaks up families, supporting same-sex marriage, approving partial-birth abortion and banning God from the public square. See all this and Dr. Alveda King’s video at www.NBRA.info.