Democrats’ deeds don’t match their rhetoric when it comes to race

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Since February is Black History Month, many blacks are either misinformed or, even worse, lied to when it comes to their heritage and culture. While the pundits proclaim you can deny your heritage and culture, you cannot deny the responsibility for the truth.

Facts are stubborn things, and it comes as no surprise that the Democrats, liberals, leftists, progressives, and now socialists, have kept mum about past transgressions revolving around civil rights for the black population.

There has been a myth, and a particularly effective one, that the Democratic Party has created opportunities for minorities. After the Civil War, the Reconstruction period that followed gave rise to increasing violence against blacks and those who supported the freed slaves, and this led to the Democrats legislating Jim Crow laws.

This “de jure segregation” and racism were, in fact, brought to bear by Democrats.

Following the Civil War, almost all blacks considered themselves Republicans. It was the Republican Party that was started by abolitionists, who opposed slavery, and of course the party of Abraham Lincoln. The ashes of the Civil War gave rise to the Ku Klux Klan, or KKK, founded by Democrats, and operated as the de facto militant branch of the Democratic Party. A majority of blacks will even today invariably say that the KKK and Jim Crow were Republican creations, when it couldn’t be further from the truth.

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, founded a chapter of the KKK in West Virginia, was an active member and its exalted ruler. He was the leading Democrat in Congress behind a filibuster opposing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Best known for barring discrimination was the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Democrats used herculean efforts through filibusters to block it. In the final vote in the U.S. Senate, 82 percent of Republicans voted yes, compared with 69 percent of Democrats.

Subsequently, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed with similar margins, which had the support of 94 percent of Republicans as opposed to only 73 percent of Democrats. Republicans took leading roles in both measures, even though they had far fewer seats and thus, less power at the time.

Those who were there when history was being made have to shoulder the responsibility for that history, both good and bad. Democrats have not been truthful with the American people, and with blacks in particular, in the roles they played. Given the Democrats’ dubious history outlined here, when blacks stand in line to vote for Democrats, why weren’t the Democrats standing up for them? In this heated election year, whenever the race card is played, it will invariably come from the mouths of Democrats. They cannot help themselves, as former President Bill Clinton accused Barack Obama of using “the race card” against Hillary during the presidential campaign in 2008.

Taking into account the record of the Democrats when it comes to civil rights for black Americans, I have never understood their obsession behind solidly voting for Democrats. The fact of the matter is that Democrats’ deeds do not match their rhetoric, but then they have always been more about emotion than intellect. Under the Obama presidency, black income has gone down, black unemployment has gone up, and black poverty has risen. As beloved sports icon Sir Charles Barkley said, “Black people have been voting for Democrats their whole life and they’re still poor.” He went on to say that he will be voting for a Republican for president in the upcoming election. Enough said.

PERRY LaGRANGE

Rocky Mount

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