Celebrating Black History Month…. My Way: PART 1

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Black History Month Series
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It’s that time a year again when the History Channel plays all their documentaries on the KKK, MLK, and skinheads, all the news channels play their specials, and for the entire month we are over saturated with Black History Month.

You hear some people complain about it, some people go all in on it, but most only learn part of the story. So in honor of Black History Month I’m going to inform YOU of the things you don’t really see on the specials or learn in school. Since the Democrat Party is so commonly associated with civil rights and the like I’m going to dispel this misconception with some actual historical facts, with part 1 of my Black History Month Celebration.

Most people learn in school that Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President, but most think that at some point the Republican and Democrat parties just got together one day and decided it might be fun to switch parties at some point. I don’t know maybe FDR lost a bet with Herbert Hoover?

I’ll start with the 1850’s, the decade leading up to the War Between the States. The Democrat Party became divided over the slavery issue and under pressure from the Fugitive Slave Law and the Kansas-Nebraska Act the anti-slavery Democrats left the party and joined with members of other dwindling parties to form the Republican Party.

In 1860 the Democrat Party split again when the pro-slavery party couldn’t decide if they wanted to force slavery on new western states or to allow a vote in each new state deciding the issue. The Northern Democrats nominated Senator Stephan A. Douglass (IL.) the “pro-states decide guy”, the Southern Democrats nominated incumbent VP John C. Breckinridge (KY.) the “pro-slavery for all guy” while some left the party and joined the Constitutional Union Party nominating Secretary of War John Bell (TN.) which split the Democrat vote and helped elect Lincoln.

When the Democrats decided to start their own country they didn’t have political parties, in essence becoming an all Democrat nation, and we know how that turned out.

After the war the Democrats benefited greatly from the resentment Southerners felt for Reconstruction and their subsequent hostility toward the Republican Party. After the end of Reconstruction in the 1870’s and the violent disenfranchisement of blacks led by white-supremacist Democrats the South became loyal Democrat voters.

Fast forward to 1913 and the beginning of the “progressive movement”, the election of Woodrow Wilson, and the point at which modern liberals attribute the switching of the parties. One of my personal favorite Woodrow Wilson quotes is from his History of the American People: “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…. until at last sprang into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern Country.” In 1912 an unprecedented number of blacks left the Republican Party to help elect Woodrow Wilson after his campaign promises of support for minorities, but once in office Wilson expanded on racial segregation policies, and placed white segregationist Southerners in many executive appointed positions while acting to reduce the already meager number of blacks in appointed positions. For the first time since 1863 Wilson instituted official segregation in federal government offices, and designed new facilities to keep the races working separately. During this process many black federal employees were downgraded while more were fired. He didn’t stop there though, taking steps to make obtaining a civil service job more difficult for blacks. Primary among these was the requirement, implemented in 1914 and continued until 1940, that all candidates for civil service jobs attach a photograph to their application further allowing for discrimination in the hiring process.

In 1914, Wilson told The New York Times, “If the colored people made a mistake in voting for me, they ought to correct it.” When a delegation of blacks protested the discriminatory actions, Wilson told them “segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.” Wilson’s History of the American People (1901) explained the Ku Klux Klan of the late 1860s as the natural outgrowth of Reconstruction, a lawless reaction to a lawless period. Wilson wrote that the Klan “began to attempt, by intimidation what they were not allowed to attempt by the ballot or by any ordered course of public action.”

So the man credited with the beginning of the progressive Democrat Party wasn’t what liberals today want you to believe. I’ll continue, in my next post, to tell you about more of the “dirty secrets” of the Democrats.

Happy Black History Month

  1. Thank you for that. It is truly appreciated. =)

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