By: Matthew Mantzouranis
“I’m tired of Liberals dividing up into little groups, setting them upon each other, breeding spite and envy, and then having the nerve to accuse Conservatives of hatred.”
When people hear about the Republican Party, one of the first things that comes to mind is ‘Oh they are a racist party! They don’t want to give an advantage to minority groups!’ Democrats talk about the Republican Party as if it is some sort of horrible cancer. It gets to the point that Conservatives on college campuses are often mistreated. But what the Democrats fail to take into account or seem to have convenient amnesia about is the fact that their party is the very symbol of racism – especially in the United States. Whereas the Republican Party has been the very symbol of equality.
13th Amendment (1865): Abolished slavery.
14th Amendment (1868): Granted equality and equal protection of rights.
15th Amendment (1870): Granted any and every race the right to vote.
Racism: “A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
In between 1861 and 1865, the United States was involved in a bloody Civil War to determine the fate of slavery in the country. When Republican nominee, Abraham Lincoln rose to power in 1860, the Democratic states (Southern States) started splitting away from the Union and created the Confederate States of America (CSA). This occurred because Abraham Lincoln was against slavery and the Confederacy was afraid that Lincoln would abolish slavery and thus, the Democrats would lose their slaves. When the civil war began in 1861, the Republicans were fighting to keep slavery from expanding into the West. As the war progressed, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 after their victory in the Battle of Antietam which simply turned the war into a fight to abolish slavery as a whole.
When the Union (Republicans) won the civil war in 1865, Lincoln issued the 13th Amendment which officially abolished slavery. Unfortunately, on 15 April 1865, he was assassinated by unhappy Democrat, John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C.
Creation of the KKK
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is an extremist group that believes in white nationalism and white supremacy. There have been three installments of the Klan: the first one was created in 1865, the second in 1915, and the third in 1946 – which is still active today. This article is going to talk about the origins of the first installment.
As slavery was abolished in 1865 – after the climax of the American Civil War (1861-1865), the KKK was created in the spring of 1866 by six Confederate soldiers in Tennessee. This was originally a social group that discussed the displeasure of:
The Fourteenth Amendment [as] it made citizens of all born within the limits of the United States and subject to its jurisdiction. By the Fifteenth [Amendment] it prohibited any state from denying the right of suffrage on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude, and by the Thirteenth [Amendment] it forbade slavery.
The members of the Klan despised the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments. The fact that African-Americans were given equality did not bode well with the Klan.
Although the 15th amendment was ratified in 1870, African-Americans were granted the right to vote in the Presidential Election of 1868. The KKK felt that this was the last straw, and in “the election of 1868, when black men could first vote, Klan dens had spread to all southern states. Klansmen embarked on night raids to intimidate black voters.” In an attempt to bring back white supremacy, the Klan began terrorizing African-Americans in an attempt to keep non-whites from voting. The terrorism did not stop there as one woman that they harassed was Lucy McMillan who, in an interview explained:
They [KKK] came here once before they burned my house down…they told me that they were going to whip me. I was afraid of them; there was much talk of Ku-Klux drowning people, and whipping people, and killing them…They had just such cloth as this white cotton frock made into old gowns…some [of the robes] had horns on their heads…the Ku-Klux were going to beat me for bragging that I would have land.
The Klan burned McMillan’s house down, drowned, lynched, and whipped many African-Americans. In other words, the Klan was treating African-Americans the same way that they were treated prior 1865 when there was slavery. At this point, it was clear that the Klan was “no longer a social club, the Ku Klux Klan was now a terrorist movement and a violent arm of the Democratic Party.”
History of Segregation
Jim Crow laws were laws that enforced racial segregation primarily in the Southern states. During the reconstruction period (1865-1877), the Democratic Party signed the Compromise of 1877 with the Republican Party as “the South settled the issue by trading the Presidency [1876 United States Presidential Election] for (1) final withdrawal of Federal troops [in the south]… (5) a tacit admission that the South alone should resolve its racial problem.” The compromise removed the last of federal troops from the Southern states and allowed the white Democrats to regain political power in the Southern states once again.
There have been many segregationist laws that took place up until the Civil Rights Act in 1965 but I will discuss one of the key instances that rose as a result of racial segregation – the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Trial in 1896. In 1890, the Democratic state of Louisiana passed the Separate Car Act that racially segregated both white and African-American passengers in public areas.
Homer Plessy was a Creole of color – with mostly a white European background who was one eighth African-American. In 1892, Plessy was arrested as he “refused to give up his seat in a whites-only [section], first-class train carriage.” Much like Rosa Parks refused to sit at the back of a racially segregated bus, Homer Plessy refused to move to the ‘colored section’ of the train even though he was only one eighth African-American with white skin. This Democratic thought process is very similar to that of Adolf Hitler. Hitler declared that if there was even one member of a family who happened to be Jewish, then every member of the family was Jewish in his eyes – even if members of the family did not believe in Judaism – and they were to be segregated and put in concentration camps. According to the Democrats – with the exception of throwing people in concentration camps – they believed in the exact same thing but in terms of racial segregation.
In the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Trial held on 18 May 1896, the Supreme Court ruled against Plessy 7-1. Supreme Court Justice Henry B. Brown proclaimed that “as long as every man regardless of race was equal under the law, they had a right to be separate from each other.” In other words, since the 14th Amendment maintains legal equality, whites and non-whites were allowed to be racially segregated. But if everyone was equal, why was there a need for the two races to be segregated? The Democrats still did not believe that African-Americans should have the same rights as whites. If the Democrats could not change the law, they at least wanted to segregate the two races so they did not have to see African-Americans enjoying the same freedoms as they did. Although there was some racial discrimination in Republican states (North), job discrimination against African-Americans ended in the 1930s. However, job discrimination remained in Democratic states (South) until the Civil Rights Act in 1965.
Even though the Civil Rights Act was enacted in 1965, there was still a strong Democratic resistance as a result of it. The Democrats claimed that “Congress did not have the constitutional authority to ban segregation in public accommodations.” Many Democrats felt that the Civil Rights Act was a breach of their 14th Amendment right to ‘liberty and property without due process.’ In other words, the Democrats were making up any and every possible excuse to obtain legal white supremacy. Also, in between the 1960s and 1970s, the Democrats fought to no avail to keep African-Americans in racially segregated schools. In other words, even when racial segregation was abolished, the Democrats kept fighting in an attempt to repeal the Civil Rights Act.
The myth of a switch in 1964
In 1964, the Democratic nominee and President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act – but its most important clauses like voting rights were enacted in 1965. The Democrats choose to believe that since a Democratic President enacted the Civil Rights Act that there was a shift in ideologies between the two parties. Meaning that the Democrats believed that the Republicans became the racist party and that the Democrats became the party of equality. But one of the main flaws in that belief is that when this act was being passed by Congress, 87% of Republicans voted for it as well as only 61% of Democrats who voted in favor of it. Also, according to the Senate, 82% of Republicans favored the law as well as only 69% of Democrats.
It is true that the Democratic Party somewhat improved their ideology in 1964 but the Republican ideology never changed. It is worth noting that the Republicans attempted to pass Civil Rights Acts in 1957 and 1960 but to no avail due to the Democrats voting against it. If the ideologies really changed in 1964, then why was President Lyndon B. Johnson a racist?
I will get into modern day Democratic racism a bit later on in this article but take a step back and see if you notice something. Do you notice how Democrats can be racist but be looked at as people who support equality? It is because they seemingly strive to seek minority votes. This is evident in 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson may have enacted the Civil Rights Act but he always used the word ‘nigger.’ According to Johnson biographer Robert Caro, “in Senate cloakrooms and staff meetings, Johnson was practically a connoisseur of the word [‘nigger’]…Johnson would calibrate his pronunciations by region, using ‘nigra’ with some southern legislators and ‘negra’ with others…Discussing civil rights legislation…he’d simply call it ‘the nigger bill.’” How could a supposed supporter on Civil Rights constantly use the derogatory and racist word ‘nigger’ countless times before, during, and after the enacting of the Civil Rights Act? Simple. There was no switch in 1964; the Democrats just started trying to hide their racism while appealing to minority groups.
Another example of Lyndon B. Johnson’s racism was how he treated his African-American chauffer, Robert Parker. In Parker’s memoir Capitol Hill in Black and White, Johnson asked Parker whether or not he preferred to be called by his name rather than ‘boy,’ ‘chief’ or ‘nigger.’ When Parker said that he would, Johnson grew very angry and said, “As long as you are black, and you’re gonna be black till the day you die, no one’s gonna call you by your goddamn name. So no matter what you are called, nigger, you just let it roll off your back like water, and you’ll make it. Just pretend [that] you’re a goddam piece of furniture.” Johnson obviously did not believe in Civil Rights. He only enacted it so that he and future Democratic nominees could get more votes in future Presidential Elections. After Johnson died in 1973, Parker reflected on “the John who championed the landmark civil rights bills that formally ended American apartheid, and write, ‘I loved that Lyndon Johnson.’ Then he remembered the president who called him a nigger, and he wrote, ‘I hated that Lyndon Johnson.’” Fortunately, Parker ultimately did not fall for the Democratic web of lies.
Modern Day Democratic Racism & Affirmative Action
“When you’re white you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor.”
– Bernie Sanders on African-Americans
Just like in 1964, modern day politicians try to appeal to ‘minority groups’ like African-Americans, Hispanics, etc. in an attempt to not sound like a racist. Notice in the quote above, Democratic politician Bernie Sanders attempts to victimize African-Americans?
Within U.S. history, the ghettos were low-income neighborhoods that were reserved for African-Americans and sometimes Latinos. However, in modern times, “’white’ Americans have and still do live in many low-income neighborhoods.” If you were to go to a ghetto neighborhood, one could easily come to the conclusion that African-Americans are not the only race living there, and that any race with a low-income could end up living in a ghetto neighborhood. Bernie attempts to appeal to African-Americans living in the ghettos as a means to obtain more votes. In other words, Bernie is trying to use a problem that occurred in the past – prior to the Civil Rights Act in 1964 – and try to make the case for a problem that he ‘thinks’ is occurring in the present.
But let us go a step further. Bernie implies that only African-Americans are living in low-income neighborhoods whereas whites do not. Excluding the fact that that is a factually incorrect statement, he believes that only African-Americans are born and will be continuously poor for the rest of their lives and that only whites are born and have the ‘racial’ capacity to become rich. This is one of his – as well as many other Democratic politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s – arguments for maintaining affirmative action.
Affirmative action was enacted by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970. His theory was that “because of historical discrimination, blacks were at a competitive disadvantage to other races and ethnicities. To erase that disadvantage, standards that most blacks presumably couldn’t meet had to be lowered.” Nixon had a point as African-Americans did not have true equal rights until 1965 with the Civil Rights Act. Therefore, affirmative action was used to allow African-Americans to get a decent education and a job just like every other American.
As time passed, Republicans observed that “blacks have repeatedly proven [that] they can compete with anyone without the benefits of lower standards. There are countless examples of black success in every field at every level. The policy is no longer necessary.” After decades have passed, African-Americans proved time and time again that they could achieve as much success as and even more than whites. Hence, affirmative action was deemed unnecessary. A good example is now-retired African-American Neurosurgeon and former Republican Presidential Candidate, Ben Carson. Ben was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in the state of Maryland in between 1984 and 2013 (his retirement). During his tenure, he made up to $20 million/year. I thought that Bernie Sanders claimed that all African-Americans live in the ghettos and that they are all poor with no chance(s) of success. Is it also ironic that a Democratic African-American is living in the White House as the President of the United States instead of being a ‘poor’ African-American ‘living in the ghetto?’ Even Barack Obama is contradicting himself when he claims that African-Americans cannot achieve success even though he is in fact, the President of arguably the strongest nation in the world.
However, Democratic politicians continue to try and brainwash African-Americans and other ‘minority groups’ into believing that success depends on race, not hard work. Ben Carson, taking offence to that racist rhetoric, exclaimed that “she [Hillary Clinton] is the epitome of the secular progressive movement, and she counts on the fact that people are uninformed, the Alinsky model, taking advantage of useful idiots…the way [that] I will come at it is to educate people.” Many African-Americans like Alan Keyes, Allen West, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, etc. already know from experience that success can be attained through hard work, and that the Democratic Party spews false and racist rhetoric. It is no surprise that the only people who actually believe in Democratic rhetoric are simply gullible, uneducated, and/or uninformed.
To sum it all up, the Democratic Party has a lengthy history of racism. The Democrats fought on behalf of the Confederacy in an attempt to keep their slaves, enacted racial segregation, and tried to repeal the Civil Rights Act. The only change that occurred in 1964 was the fact that the Democrats went from being openly racist to quietly racist in an attempt to try and gain more African-American and minority votes.
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