Perhaps the most confounding element of contemporary American politics is the near universal allegiance of black Americans to the Democrat Party. For instance, as the unemployment rate among black Americans hovers around 15 percent, or roughly twice the national rate, up to 98 percent of black voters cling to Barack Obama. The other two percent face vile slurs and attacks, just ask Stacey Dash.
The surge of black support for Obama can be written off as racial solidarity for a pioneering candidate. Obama excepted, the reliability of black voters in the Democrat coalition is linked largely to the civil rights movement of the 1960’s as it is memorialized and propagandized in popular media. A myth has been created and perpetuated.
Take for example this ridiculous text from a Reuters news story, posted October 10, 2012. The story is about the forthcoming movie “Lincoln,” from Steven Spielberg. He was asked about the post-election release date of the film. Reuters reports:
“Don’t let this political football play back and forth,” the Oscar-winning director said he urged distributors, noting the “confusing” aspect in the film that shows how U.S. political parties back in Lincoln’s time “traded political places over the last 150 years.”
Were that not clear enough the Reuters reporter spells it out in the next paragraph.
In contrast to today, the Republican party to which Lincoln belonged was founded by anti-slavery activists and Republicans were often tagged “radicals.”
What this professional and allegedly impartial Christine Kearney (feel free to send complaints to her editor) said was that Republicans today are essentially pro-slavery.
Those two paragraphs encapsulate a brainwashing the mainstream media, with its allies in Hollywood, have done to the public. In their narrative Republicans hate and fear black people, while Democrats are the only thing standing between the average black person and bondage. As Vice President Biden said of Mitt Romney, he would “put y’all back in chains.” It is disgusting stuff and a patently false.
Realizing that this topic is more appropriate for a full length book than a blog post, allow me to simply cite the history.
The Republican Party was the party of abolition. The Republican Party fought the westward expansion of slavery. The Republican Party is responsible for the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Democrats fought equal rights – 100 percent of Congressional Democrats opposed due process and citizenship for blacks.
Democrats created the Ku Klux Klan and Republicans created the Department of Justice to fight them. Black Republicans founded the NAACP.
During the 1920’s Republicans fought against lynching while Democrats filibustered their efforts and allowed populist stalwart William Jennings Bryan to defend the KKK at the 1924 Democrat convention. Republicans tried to integrate the armed forces in 1940, FDR defeated their efforts. A Republican appointed Justice wrote the landmark Brown v. Bd of Education decision and 97 Congressional Democrats officially condemned the ruling.
Democrats opposed integration and defended Jim Crow laws at every turn. It was Republicans who passed the first major modern civil rights legislation in 1957, and secured integration with Republican President Eisenhower ordering federal troops to protect black students against violence and the obstruction of elected Democrats.
Republicans passed another civil rights bill in 1960 over a 125 hour Democrat filibuster attempt. During the 1964 civil rights act debate it was Democrat Senator Byrd, a former Klansman, who individually filibustered for 14 straight hours. On that landmark bill, the majority of opposition came from Democrats with nearly 40 percent of them voting against civil rights.
Today it is Republicans who fight for improvements to urban education and school choice for low-income parents. It is Democrats who have trapped urban families in failing schools relegating them to a life of lower wages and diminished opportunities. Today Republicans fight to end abortion while Democrats blindly support groups like Planned Parenthood that builds abortion clinics in predominantly black neighborhoods, thus securing the mission of its founder and disproportionately destroying unborn black babies. Today black voters, more religiously oriented than the national average, reject the more religiously guided Republicans for the increasingly atheistic Democrats.
Since the beginning, one party has sought and fought for equality between the races, and another has consistently viewed the races as different and therefore in need of different laws. This division is perpetuated by news and popular media who foment the mythology that blacks are better off on the Democrat plantation rather than living in a Republican America.
Let me put it another way. Republicans view black men and women as individuals. Democrats view blacks as a special interest group.