I'm often asked the question, "Did the Republican Party do anything for blacks?"
Of course I am amazed just how many people, especially young people, either have not been told or simply don't realize that President Abraham Lincoln, our Nation's Great Emancipator, was in fact a Republican.
Many do not realize that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as the anti-Slavery party.
And yes, even today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for all Americans of every color and of both sexes.
Fact is, whether Liberals want to admit it or not, history shows that the Democrat Party is as it always has been - the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and Socialism.
History tells the truth in that it was Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, as well as vote against Women's Rights time and time again.
The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks, Republicans, and Catholics.
It was the Democrats who started the policy of relocating Native Americans, enslaving immigrants, retaining the system of slavery, and systematically waging war on civil rights legislation to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning in the 1860’s and continuing all the way up to the 1960’s.
Yes, they fought equality for over 100 years!
In order to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party’s economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats.
We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty.
That's their solution, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.
What are the many atrocities that Democrats have done to the black community, and women over the years? Well, here you go!
Civil Rights: The Democrat Lie Revealed.
October 13, 1858
During Lincoln-Douglas debates, Democrat Senator Stephen Douglas states:
“I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever!”
Sen. Douglas became Democrat Party’s 1860 presidential nominee
April 16, 1862
President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no
July 17, 1862
Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”
January 31, 1865
13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition
April 8, 1865
13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition
November 22, 1865
Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination
December 24, 1865
Six well-educated former Confederate Army Officers, all Democrats, from Pulaski, Tennessee, create the Ku Klux Klan.
February 5, 1866
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves
April 9, 1866
Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law
May 10, 1866
U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no
Republicans coin the term "Civil Rights".
June 8, 1866
U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no
January 8, 1867
Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.
July 19, 1867
Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans
March 30, 1868
Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared:
“This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”
September 12, 1868
Civil Rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority.
They would later be reinstated by Republican Congress
October 7, 1868
Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s National Campaign theme:
“This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”
October 22, 1868
While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists organized as the Ku Klux Klan.
During that year, in a newspaper interview, Democrat Party hero Nathan Bedford Forrest states that the Ku Klux Klan's primary opposition was to Republicans in and out of state governments, the rights for freed black slaves, carpetbaggers, scalawags, and Catholics.
He went on to say lynching and assassinations would be used for all.
During that period, Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, the White League, and the Red Shirts were the para-military groups described as "the military arm of the Democratic Party."
For the next 100 years, just Klan violence alone benefited the Democrat Party by suppressing opposition voting to Democrat candidates.
December 10, 1869
Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office
February 3, 1870
After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race
May 31, 1870
President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights
June 22, 1870
Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South
September 6, 1870
Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell
February 28, 1871
Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters
April 20, 1871
Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans
October 10, 1871
Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto was murdered by a Democratic Party operative.
His military funeral was attended by thousands
October 18, 1871
After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan
November 18, 1872
Susan B. Anthony after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the straight Republican ticket,” she was arrested be Democrat law enforcement officials.
January 17, 1874
Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government
September 14, 1874
Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed
March 1, 1875
Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat opposition
Almost 100 years later, the 1875 Civil Right Act will be used as the foundation for the 1964 Civil Rights Act which we be the last time Democrats attempt to stop black Americans from having equal rights.
January 10, 1878
U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage.
Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919.
Republicans foil Democratic efforts "to keep women in the kitchen, where they belong."
"The Civil Rights Cases of 1883"
In 1883, the cases were a group of five similar cases consolidated into one issue for the United States Supreme Court to review.
The Democrat controlled Supreme Court held that Congress lacked the constitutional authority under the enforcement provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to outlaw racial discrimination by private individuals and organizations, rather than state and local governments.
More importantly, in particular, the Democrat controlled High Court held that the Republican written and passed Civil Rights Act of 1875, which provided:
"that all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement; subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law, and applicable alike to citizens of every race and color, regardless of any previous condition of servitude"
- was held to be "Unconstitutional."
In 1964, the Republican written Civil Rights Act of 1875 would be used as the foundation for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - which was the last battle waged and lost by Democrats trying to keep any race of American in bondage.
June 7, 1892
A black man named Homer Plessy agreed to be arrested for refusing to move from a seat reserved for whites.
Democrat Judge John H. Ferguson upheld the law, and the case of Plessy v. Ferguson slowly moved up to the Supreme Court.
February 8, 1894
Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland joined together to repeal the Republicans' Enforcement Act - which had enabled African-Americans to vote
Democrat controlled states enacted literacy tests, poll taxes, elaborate registration systems, and eventually whites-only Democratic Party primaries to exclude black voters.
The enacted poll taxes required citizens to pay a fee to register to vote. These fees kept many poor African Americans, as well as poor whites, from voting.
The Democrat Party created and and passed these racist laws which proved very effective.
In Mississippi, fewer than 9,000 of the 147,000 voting-age black Americans were registered after 1890. In Louisiana, where more than 130,000 black voters had been registered in 1896, the number had plummeted to 1,342 by 1904.
May 18, 1896
A Democrat controlled U.S. Supreme Court, the only desenting vote being from a Republican, ruled that segregation in America was "Constitutional."
In that case, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of social segregation of the "white and colored races" under the "separate but equal" doctrine.
January 15, 1901
Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans
May 29, 1902
Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%
February 12, 1909
On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republican Women’s Suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP
100 years later they will be a partisan Democrat organization even though Democrats have a history of racial bigotry and segregation.
May 21, 1919
Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats no
August 18, 1920
Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures
January 26, 1922
House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster
June 2, 1924
Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans
October 3, 1924
Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention
Georgia-born Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wrote on page 21 of the September 1928 edition of the Klan’s “The Kourier Magazine”:
“I have never voted for any man who was not a regular Democrat. My father … never voted for any man who was not a Democrat. My grandfather was …the head of the Ku Klux Klan in reconstruction days…. My great-grandfather was a life-long Democrat…. My great-great-grandfather was…one of the founders of the Democratic party.”
June 12, 1929
First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country
August 12, 1937
Democrat president Franklin Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black, ardent racist and anti-Catholic, to the Supreme Court.
August 17, 1937
Republicans organize opposition to "former" Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, who was appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR
Known for giving anti-Catholic and segregationist speeches while in office as a Senator from Alabama, his position in the Ku Klux Klan and affiliation with that organization came out during his confirmation hearing.
But with the power of the Democrat Party being what it was at the time during the Great Depression, he was overwhelmingly confirmed.
So yes, America has had a "former" Klu Klux Klan member sit on the highest court in the land, and he was a Democrat.
If you're thinking he was the only "former" Klan member Democrat in Congress over the years, you're wrong.
Besides Hugo Black, there were many other Democrats who were "former" Klan members who enjoyed the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan while in office.
Hugo Black typified the philosophy over the years when he said of the Ku Klan Klan, "I'll join any group if it helps me get votes."
June 24, 1940
Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces. Democrat president Franklin Roosevelt take up the issue and order it
September 30, 1953
Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice.
Yes, it was a Republican who wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education
November 25, 1955
Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
March 12, 1956
Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation.
This wasn't only a condemnation, almost every Democrat politicians in the South at the time took an oath and signed "the Southern Manifesto."
It was officially called "The Declaration of Constitutional Principles," known informally as the Southern Manifesto.
It was a document written in February and March of 1956, in the United States Congress. It was the Democrat Party's opposition to racial integration of public places.
The manifesto was signed by 97 Democrats from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
The Democrat Congressmen drafted the document to counter the landmark Supreme Court 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which determined that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional.
Democrat Senators led the opposition, with then Democrat Strom Thurmond writing the initial draft and none other than Richard Russell - who they named the Senate Building after - did the final version.
The manifesto was signed by 19 Senators and 82 Representatives, including the entire congressional delegations of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia.
All of the 99 signatories were Democrats - except for two Republicans, Joel Broyhill and Richard Poff of Virginia.
School segregation laws were some of the most enduring and best-known of the Jim Crow laws that characterized the American South and several northern states at the time.
The Southern Manifesto accused the Supreme Court of "clear abuse of judicial power."
It promised to use "all lawful means to bring about a reversal of this decision which is contrary to the Constitution and to prevent the use of force in its implementation."
The Democrats argued in The Southern Manifesto that the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution should limit the reach of the Supreme Court on such issues.
The Democrats gave their oath to stop any sort of Civil Rights legislation.
June 5, 1956
Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law
November 6, 1956
African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President
September 9, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act - both future president's John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson vote against it.
September 24, 1957
The 1957 Civil rights Act sparks criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson,
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools
May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats
May 2, 1963
Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, Alabama, for arresting over 2,000 African-American school children marching for their civil rights
September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School.
June 9, 1964
Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who served in the Senate until his death in 2010.
June 10, 1964
Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate.
The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr.
Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.
August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose.
Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor
February 19, 1976
Republican President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII
September 15, 1981
Republican President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs
June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act
August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR
November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation
August 20, 1996
Bill authored by Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law
As for legislative segregation, it is dead in America.
But, racism in the Democrat Party is not!
That year, Democrat Senator Harry Reid described fellow Democrat and Black American candidate for president Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
What in creation is “Negro dialect?”
During that same campaign former president Bill Clinton said of Senator Obama, “A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
At the Democrat National Convention, when black American Democrat Rep. John Lewis used his convention speech to argue that a Republican victory in November "will send African-Americans back to when he and other Africans-Americans were forcibly denied access to restaurants, public transportation, restrooms, and the ballot box."
Yes, he's either stupid, ignorant of history, ungrateful for the sacrifice and struggle that Republicans made fighting for the civil rights of black Americans, or he is just dishonest and lying.
He tried to set race against race for political gain, and that is a form of racism.
He went on and on describing his activism in the Southern states in the 1950 and 1960s, Lewis claimed, “I’ve seen this before, I lived this before!"
What he was in fact trying to do -- was divide America with lies that he knows damn well are lies.
The Democrat delegates there went crazy, then Lewis said, "We were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood. Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back?"
He openly lied to the people that night. If he didn't lie, than he is ignorant of history that he had supposedly lived.
And by the way, the sheriff who turned the dogs and the fire hoses on the Civil Rights marchers was a Democrat.
And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…."
From the end of the Civil War, black Americans primarily favored the Republican Party due to its overwhelming political and more tangible efforts in achieving abolition, particularly through President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
In the middle 1960s, blacks started voting primarily Democrat.
Fifty years ago, black American started voting Democrat.
Yes, black Americans overwhelmingly vote for the political party which has made every effort to keep them in bondage - if not by means of chains, then by promise after promise , program after program, handout after handout - like some sort of group of benevolent Slave Owners.
The Democrat Party has never gotten pass their Slave Owner mentality, their Socialist views show that - they believe in bondage, turning citizens into subjects, to coerce or force submission from others.
2013 Slave Owner Mentality or Civil Rights Champions?
Today, part of the Democrat Party's big lie is that they are the Champions for Civil Rights and are always ready to fight for Black Americans.
To demonstrate just how controlling the Democrat Party is of "their" black constituents, take for example how the Democrats who controlled the the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington refused to allow the only sitting black U.S. Senator to speak at the event.
And incredible as it seems, believe it or not, the only current African American member of the U.S. Senate, Tim Scott, was not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech - even though high-profile celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy were included in the lineup.
The reason why he was not invited is that sole African-American U.S. Senator Tim Scott is a Republican from South Carolina.
So instead of attending, the South Carolina Republican instead marked the occasion speaking at a King anniversary event in North Charleston.
Republican Senator Scott also penned an op-ed for The State newspaper, entitled, "March on Washington created legacy of opportunity."
It is a very appropriate editorial considering today's Democrat Party is aligned with those who dream of having a Socialist/Communist American government in which the people are ruled by being subjected to force, power, or coercion just as Slave Owners would!
And no, after all of these years, I have no idea why black Americans vote for a group of people who systematically lie and keep them down.
When you hear some Democrat say, “Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”
Well, since you now really know their history, their big lie, you now know they're lying!
Like the Peanuts Cartoon at the top of this article says, "Racism Sucks! But Being Falsely Accused Of Racism Sucks Too!"
Democrats have the long tradition of racism, not Republicans.
Story by Tom Correa