A History of Racism
Ryan Goss, 5th District Chairman
I often ask myself how did it come about that Republicans are always being proclaimed to be Racists when it is an historical fact that the Democrats have been against racial equality since the Democratic Party was founded in 1828? Then, during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement the party suddenly switched and now Republicans are deemed to be Racists and Democrats are the epitome for Civil Rights. Then it dawned on me: This is why Democrats are trying to erase history. How are they doing this?
Slavery and that Slavery is in the DNA of all Americans. Since the Democratic Party was founded in 1828, Democrats have fought against almost every major Civil Rights initiative. The Party has a long and documented history of discrimination. On the other hand, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 for the sole purpose of stopping slavery and stopping the spread of slavery into the newly expanding Western United States.
In March 1857, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case that ruled against Dred Scott who was at one time a slave. The Court ruled that black people are not included and were not intended to be included under the word “citizens” in the Constitution and therefore cannot claim any of the rights and privileges as citizens of the United States. (1) The decision was made by 7 Democrat Justices versus 2 Republican Justices.
This was one of many events that led to the Civil War (1861 – 1865) with our first Republican President Abraham Lincoln leading the fight for freedom. In September 1862 Lincoln used an Executive order to enact the Emancipation Proclamation that immediately changed the legal status under federal law of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the Confederate States from being slaves to becoming free. This order basically overruled the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision.
In the beginning of 1865, the first of three Reconstruction Amendments were drafted in anticipation of the North winning the Civil War. The 13th Amendment was drafted in January of 1865. Its purpose was to abolish slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. The amendment was ratified by the required number of states on December 6, 1865. On December 18, 1865 Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed its adoption since Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated on April 15, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth.
In 1868, the 14th Amendment was passed as the second of the Reconstruction Amendments. Arguably one of the most consequential amendments to this day, the 14th Amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection under the law for former slaves. The Amendment was bitterly contested by Democrats and especially by the states of the defeated Confederacy which were forced to ratify the amendment in order to regain any form of representation in Congress.
The 15th Amendment gave voting rights to blacks and “prohibited the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s race, color or previous condition of servitude.” It was ratified in 1870 as the third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments. (2)
During the era of Reconstruction (1865 – 1877) federal troops were posted around the southern states to help secure the rights for newly freed slaves. Hundreds of black men were elected to the Southern State Legislatures as Republicans and 22 black Republicans had served in the United States Congress by 1900. Democrats did not elect a black representative until 1935. The United States Senate had two black Senators before 1900.
When federal troops left the South, Democrats quickly stepped in to set up measures to infringe upon the rights of black citizens. Democrats terrorized the black community with actions and laws based on the code of white supremacy. In 1865, the Klu Klux Klan was founded and by 1867 Nathan Bedford Forest, a Democrat, became the first Grand Wizard and helped organize the newly formed KKK. Before Forest took over the Klan it was a loose collection of local factions throughout the former Confederacy that used violence and the threat of violence to maintain white control over newly enfranchised slaves. The Klan, with Forest at the lead, suppressed voting rights of black citizens in the South through violence and intimidation during the elections of 1868. Forest viewed the Klan as a military force serving the interest of the Democratic Party. (3) Of course, this intimidation extended to Republicans in the South.
There have been many Klu Klux Klan leaders serving in politics but the most famous was Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Byrd had a long-standing history with the KKK. He started in 1942 recruiting 150 people for a new chapter of the KKK in Sophia, West Virginia. He wrote later that a Klan official inspired him to get into politics when he was told: “You have a talent for leadership, Bob...the country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.” Soon after that Byrd started to get involved in politics. In 1946, Byrd wrote a letter to the Grand Wizard of the KKK stating: “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.” (4) Byrd became one of the longest standing members of the United States Senate serving from 1959 until 2010. He served as the Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate towards the end of his tenure.
When Robert Byrd died in June of 2010 Hillary Clinton, then a United States Senator announced: “our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility.” She went on to say. “It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd.
He was not just its longest serving member. He was its heart and soul. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom.” (5) It was less than 6 years later after honoring a man with absolute ties to the KKK that she would proclaim during her presidential campaign that Donald Trump and his supporters were all racists when she made her infamous “Basket of Deplorables” comment. (6)
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy pushed for passage of the Civil Rights Act but it was defeated by a Democrat controlled filibuster. Committed to the filibuster effort were powerful Senators Richard Russell, Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd, William Fulbright and Sam Ervin. Russell started the filibuster in late March 1964 and it would last for 60 working days in the Senate. In November of 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated and then the Senate managed to finally pass the bill. (7)
The next President, Democrat Lyndon Johnson (1963 – 1969) was credited with passing the Civil Rights Act in spite of his holding strong racist views. 80% of Republicans supported this bill as compared to 70% of Democrats opposing it. Once Democrats learned that they could no longer be able to control Blacks and keep them segregated and could no longer keep them from voting they changed their strategy. Suddenly, they came up with programs to “help” the black community. President Johnson proclaimed that the Civil Rights Act would “Have Ni***s voting Democrat for 200 years.” Basically, the Civil Rights Act was a way for Democrats to prosper on the voted of Blacks after giving up on trying to repress their freedom and votes. They were now going to embrace it and scream that the Republican Party are the ones being the Oppressors. Remember the old saying: “If you can’t beat them join them.” This seems to be the mantra of hypocrisy of the Democratic Party. (8)
Democrats of late are notoriously claiming that the Republican Party is the villain when in reality it is the failed policies of the Democratic Party that have kept blacks down. In the early 1920’s black churches would not allow members to be helped financially through the Church. They preached that hard work would pay off. They created their own schools that were quickly closing the educational gaps. Their hard work was making their community thrive and prosper with virtually no government help. But enter in massive government welfare. It has decimated Black families and created a persona that whites are to blame for the black community’s shortfalls and points a finger at blaming someone rather than looking at self-accountability that the black churches preached. Now we have various massive welfare programs that on the surface do help the black community. However, they are now trapped by dependency on those programs as there are no available programs set up to wean a person off of these programs. Democrat policies oppose School Choice and that keeps black students trapped in failing schools. Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime in drug ridden communities and increased single parent homes in an already low-income environment.
During the Obama era we witnessed the most racist turn of events in my lifetime. We saw encouragement for violence coming out of the White House. Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin were not helpful. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” implying that the Not Guilty ruling of George Zimmerman was wrong when he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense. The blowback was unrelenting. Obama was accused of race-baiting. From that moment on his responses to police brutality were couched in language of universalism.
The mainstream media put “Black Lives Matter” and Antifa on a pedestal as they saw it as an active response to police brutality against black communities. However, that was the guise behind it because it was a ruse to invoke violence as seen in Ferguson, Dallas and Baltimore where parts of those cities were destroyed. (9)
In Dallas, Micah Johnson, the murderer of five Dallas Police officer told a hostage negotiator that he was angry on behalf of Black Lives Matter and “wanted to kill white people, especially police officers.” Johnson’s Facebook page revealed an affinity for black nationalism and he followed a Facebook group called the “African American Defense League” which encourages followers to ‘ATTACK EVERYTHING IN BLUE EXCEPT THE MAIL MAN” and “sprinkle Pigs Blood.” (10)
All of this led to an NFL player who views himself as a “so called” expert on American History and Social Justice to start kneeling during the National Anthem and disrespecting the American Flag before NFL games. After his first notable protest against what he called the “systematic oppression” of minorities in the United States and saying he wanted “freedom for all people,” this now ex-NFL player put on a T-shirt that featured a supportive image of one of the 20th century’s most enduring oppressors – Fidel Castro. (11)
It is reported that the Castro regime’s death toll ran to a total of 73,000 dead and 18,000 political prisoners. Political prisoners disagreed with Castro policies. Talk about being misinformed. (12)
We saw even more results of Obama’s rhetoric in the Democratic primaries where Democrat candidates Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren among others promised Reparations for all black because “we are a nation built on Slavery.”
Another ploy to secure the Black vote is to promise money to the black community. (13) Democrat candidates also touted what is called “White Privilege” or the societal privilege that benefits white people over non-white people in some societies. (14)
Current Democrat Politicians call all Republicans racists – if they support Donald Trump. They deem African Americans as “Uncle Toms” and demean them publicly if they do not vote Democrat. Just ask Kanye West and the criticism he received for saying “They try to tell me because of my color who I’m supposed to pick as the President. You’re black so you can’t like Trump. I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.” (15) “Both my parents were freedom fighters and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from,” he said. They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.” (16)
We have seen movements emerge like the one started by Candace Owens who heads the movement named BLEXIT. She describes the BLEXIT movement as an awakening of Black Americans and as an exit from the Left who for too long held us hostage to their policies and agendas – judging us by the color of our skin and making empty promises before each election. She sees The Cry of Racism as a flippant ploy to oppose the views you have a disagreement with that has demeaned the meaning of Racism. As Candace Owens has stated: “The Left doesn’t want black people to think for themselves.” To Owens, the left’s espousal of permanent victim hood is one of its most insidious lies. “It’s because of racism, because of some imaginary white boogeyman that you’re never gonna be successful.” That mentality, she says, leads to excuses rather than action. We call it the Oppression Olympics. I’m black, you’re white, so I’m more oppressed than you.” (17)
I believe that Racism will always exist as long as politicians keep stoking the embers and race baiting in an effort to keep division. Racism cannot exist without division and hate. If you make one group envious and jealous of the other you create division and hatred. Once that has been established their own hate fuels victim hood and once victim hood gets a stranglehold you are crippled by blame. Consequently you are unable to take advantage of the opportunities our Great Country has.
We are the Greatest Nation in the world because of our freedom. Our Constitution guarantees our freedom. We are the only nation to have an Emancipation Proclamation and we are the only country that fought a war to end slavery. There are countless successful businessmen and women who are not Caucasian. This county will heal when we stop pointing the finger and flippantly using the race card. Shame on the politicians screaming racism. Many of them are of other races and should be touting their own success story as a positive beacon for others to follow. They should not be pointing the finger of blame as that makes them the “True Racists” as they are the ones instilling hatred. When that false rhetoric ends that will be the day when Racism begins to disappear.