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  • joekdoe04 joekdoe04 Sep 18, 2011 11:45 PM Flag

    Is the Democrat Party Racist?

    These 7 statements have been circulated by the Fringe Right. They are an attempt to smear the Democrat Party with its past history of racism. Most people realize that the racists in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s, moved out of the Democrat Party to the States Right Party and then to the Republicans. So this criticism of the Democrat Party misses its target. But it deserves being addressed and why the smear campaign fails should be explained.

    1) Racist Claim: Democrats believe in affirmative action where the premise is that blacks are too weak and ignorant to overcome the obstacles that all other minorities that came to America have overcome, and that it's o.k. to discriminate against other Americans to give them a job they aren't most qualified for.

    Response: Affirmative action exists because minorities, which include blacks, Hispanics, and women, were being blocked from advancement in our meritocracy that had falsely claimed that ANYONE could advance on the basis of their merits, talents, and abilities. Instead minorities were blocked by stereotypic claims that created environments that forced minorities to conform to a poor caricature of what they were capable of. Affirmative action simply corrected that injustice especially that based on racism that cruelly and wrongly pre-assigned inferiority to blacks.

    Instead Democrats support the equal treatment of all and the Affirmative Action to correct injustices that are perpetuated by not giving minorities the chance to succeed.

    2) Racist Claim: Democrats are against school vouchers and choice, thus poor inner city black youths are forced to attend worthless public schools where many of the kids don't care about school and teachers can't control the classroom. Polls show majority of minority parents support vouchers, but Democrats can't endorse them because perception is that it will result in fewer union teachers and votes.

    Response: You are right that Democrats are against school vouchers for most situations. Instead we don’t need to create a substitute for public schools based on a profit motive, which would raise the cost of education, but rather provide adequate funding for the public schools we have. Public schools are not worthless. But, yes, we do need to give teachers the authority in their classrooms they need to control unruly kids. Teachers are unionized because they need that protection from the avarice of those who seek to destroy our public school system.

    3) Racist Claim: All of the discrimination and segregation occurred in southern states where Democrats controlled the governorships and state legislatures.

    Response: That was true from the end of the Civil War until the mid 1960s. When the Supreme Court decision to desegregate our schools occurred in 1954 the racists in the Democrat Party fought to maintain segregation. They were defeated. Consequently they left the Democrat Party in the late 1960s through the 1970s, at first joining the States Right Party and then migrating to the Republican Party. Today they are almost entirely in the Republican Party. Consequently many southern states have legislatures controlled by Republicans.

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    • They hate working class WHITE PEOPLE.

    • Only Party to Elect a certified Klansman to lead it that is all I know! Robert Byrd (D) West Virginia!!!

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      • For 50 years the Democrat Party has been buying minority votes with empty promises. From the Great Society of LBJ which emasculated the African-American male and replace him with Uncle Sugar to the Unemployed Society of Barack Obama where the African-American unemployment rate is twice that of non-blacks, Democrats have abused minority Americans with lies, threats and empty promises. If conditions for minorities improve, the Democrats will lose their wedge issue and will no longer have even empty promises to offer.

      • Byrd held the KKK titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops. When it came time to elect the "Exalted Cyclops", the top officer in the local Klan unit, Byrd won unanimously.


        In 1944, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo:


        “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side ... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
        — Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944,


        In 1947, Byrd wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation."

    • 4) Racist Claim: Higher % of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights legislation in the early 1960's than Democrats. Democratic senators like Al Gore's daddy voted against it.

      Response: That is true. But the Republican Party of the 1960s did not include the racists, who were still in the Democrat Party. By the 1990s almost all racists had switched their membership to the Republican Party.


      5) Racist Claim: KKK members were overwhelmingly Democrats in the south. Even the "honorable" Democratic senator Robert Byrd from W. Virginia was a leader of the KKK, but was allowed to hold powerful positions within the Democratic senate. Never would have happened in the Republican Party.

      Response: That was true from the end of the Civil War until sometime in the 1970s. That are now entirely in the Republican Party. Robert Byrd expressed much regret over his youthful adventure with the KKK. Since he was not a racist and apologized for his mistake he remained in the Democrat Party and was helpful in much Civil Rights legislation.

      6) Racist Claim: At election time, Democrats go to the minorities and tell them if they don't vote for Democrats that they'll lose their food stamps, welfare, gov't jobs, housing subsidies, medicaid, social security, etc.

      Response: No. Democrats don’t do this sort of pandering. Most minorities are not on food stamps or welfare. Most do not have government jobs, housing subsidies. Of course anyone over 65 years old is on Medicare and social security as required by law, regardless of their political affiliation. But all of these programs are available to anyone that qualifies. The majority of participants in food stamps, welfare, housing subsidies, and such, are actually conservative white Republicans.

      7) Racist Claim: When Democrats appoint minority cabinet members and other leaders in Executive Branch and Congress, they often make public statements about how good they are to appoint minorities whereas Republicans appoint plenty of minorities but never try and take credit. The inference when Democrats appoint them and make public statement is that the individual may not have been qualified and affirmative action was reason.

      Response: You can infer any silly thing you want but there is no intent to insult any appointment to such an important office and only well qualified people even bother to apply, let alone have a chance to be appointed.

 
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