Setting the record straight regarding R's and civil rights

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Setting the record straight regarding R's and civil rights

Unread postby Estil » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:19 pm

One of the most common stereotypes regarding conservatives and R's is that they are racist and that they deserve to only get 10% of the black vote. But does that really reflect the facts of history? While it is true that the D's have plenty of champions for racial equality throughout history (such as our very own Happy Chandler), the notion that they have a monopoly on supporting racial equality simply do not represent the facts. Let's take a look at what these R's have done in regards to racial equality:

* The Republican party itself was founded on an abolitionist platform.
* Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, won the Civil War and freed the slaves. Yes, it is true that his top priority at the start of the Civil War was preserving the union (whether that meant freeing no slaves or freeing all the slaves), but in the end, it was Lincoln's victory in the Civil War that led to abolishing slavery and the passage of the 13th/14th/15th Amendments.
* The first black Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels was elected in '70 the first black Congressman John Mercer Langston was elected in '90, both R's. By that I mean 1870 and 1890.
* The first ever black guest of the White House, Booker T. Washington, was invited in 1901 by President Roosevelt; no, not the Franklin one, the Teddy one.
* How about Dwight D. Eisnhower? He is probably by far one of the greatest champions for racial equality that no one ever talks about. He believed that racial discrimination was unacceptable and presented a national security threat as the USSR used it as communist propaganda against the US (never mind that the USSR had hardly any blacks at all), so needless to say, he very much endorsed Truman's integration of the military in the late 1940s. Ike's Chief Justice appointment, Earl Warren, was the one that lead the Court that handed down Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, and Ike often sent National Guard troops to protect and assist the black students trying to get into the previously white schools, sometimes with that state's segregationist Governor (all D's) trying to stop them. Furthermore, both the 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts (the first major Civil Rights acts in roughly a century) was proposed and signed into law by Ike himself.
* While it is true that Barry Goldwalter opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the grounds of it going too far in federal government intervention (which he explained his reasoning to Martin Luther King and he fully understood), he was overall BIG TIME pro-civil rights and endorsed virtually all other civil rights legislation, including the 1957/1960 Civil Rights Acts as well as the 24th Amendment outlawing the poll tax. Furthermore, a greater percentage of R's (at least 80%) voted in favor of this act than D's.
* Another key figure in the civil rights movement that you may not have known about was Charlton Heston. Though you know him best as that Moses and NRA guy, he was a BIG TIME civil rights activist including the key 1963 March on Washington where he marched with MLK. In later speeches, Mr. Heston took great pride that he supported the civil rights cause "long before Hollywood found it fashionable".
* And would you believe that MLK himself was a Republican? Yep, it's true.
* While it is true that Ronald Reagan originally opposed the MLK Holiday on cost concerns, he did in the end sign it into law and while admittedly he was rather quiet on race related issues, he did appoint the first female Supreme Court justice (O'Connor) and in his autobiography, he clearly on a personal level had no use for racism at all; due in no small part to the fact that his mother was very much anti-racist, and this was way back in the 1910s-1920s when segregation and racism was very much the norm in society.
* The second black Supreme Court justice (Clarence Thomas) and the first black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff (Colin Powell) were appointed by George HW Bush.
* George W. Bush had by far the most racially diverse cabinet up to that point. Colin Powell became the first black Secretary of State and Condoleezza Rice was the first black female (and first female overall) National Security Advisor in his first term, then was promoted to Secretary of State (first black female) in Bush's second term. I sure didn't see nearly as racially diverse a cabinet from the so-called "first black President" Clinton. :P

Of course, this is only a small sample of the many things that R's have done in favor of true racial equality. I'm sure there's others I'm overlooking. It's time to give credit where credit is due. We do NOT deserve to be stereotyped as the "racist party"; not by a long shot.
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Re: Setting the record straight regarding R's and civil rights

Unread postby Estil » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:29 pm

For further proof check out this very fascinating history of how very clearly the R's from start (founding of the country) to finish (1960s) on the balance sheet clearly were the pro-Civil Rights party and the D's (until Kennedy/Johnson) were very much doing everything in their power to roll back those civil rights gains. Though as even this documentary points out, there were indeed many courageous D's who against their own party's opposition stood up in favor of civil rights, including our very own Happy Chandler, who was MLB commissioner (who took over for the VERY racist Keensaw Mountain Landis) when Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson broke MLB's color barrier.

http://www.youtube.com/user/kasualb1#p/u (all 12 parts are included on this YouTube channel; watch and be very surprised)
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Unread postby sheila0405 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:06 pm

Estil wrote:For further proof check out this very fascinating history of how very clearly the R's from start (founding of the country) to finish (1960s) on the balance sheet clearly were the pro-Civil Rights party and the D's (until Kennedy/Johnson) were very much doing everything in their power to roll back those civil rights gains...


On PBS Masterpiece's documentary about the Freedom Riders, it was presented that President Kennedy was loathe to intervene in the South until the beatings of the Freedom Riders and the burning of their bus became national news. President Kennedy was finally forced to act when a church in which MLK Jr was speaking to supporters of the Freedom Riders, was surrounded by racists who threw rocks through windows and were threatening physical harm to those inside. President Kennedy could no longer ignore the civil rights activists following all of this. I believe it was President Johnson who showed real leadership on the issue. It is unfortunate that LBJ is seen as the Vietnam President, while his efforts to advance civil rights is largely ignored.
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Unread postby charlie johnson » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:13 am

If I spent a lifetime in a career that tended to only matters involving race ,Would I be a racist? Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are REVERANDS . I never heard them preaching sermon.Do they ever preach? I don't think so,If they show up in a church you can be sure the main subject is race. The byword is GIT WHITEY! If you agree with all that they say you still are not as good as they are if you are white,If you are any other race. They promote their own race. There is a large amount of money changing hands that help only the few with influence. But the average black is not getting much benefit from this machine.He is being used by the machine to generate more money and power to the few. What holds the typical blacks down? Drugs and booze.Fathers who abandon their children and create more to leave to the mothers to raise. Music that encourages vices that the ordinary could do better without.A demand for luxury items. The children find a school for criminal activities and learn useless drivel.George Washington Carver is censored by the race baiting civil rights leaders.He used his mind to create things of value and help his fellow man.The black can learn as well as the whites.But are raised in communities that tend to keep them in poverty.One black lady told me this, We call it the crabs in the bucket syndrome.If one guy tries to do better and get somewhere the rest pull him back down.Just like crabs in a bucket. This is also a thing with poor whites too. But the spin doctors tell the blacks that poor whites hold them back.What is going on in these times is a grand scale scam. In effect the unspoken word is this.Vote yourself a paycheck.Pull the handle by the donkey.White people hate you because of your skin color. You know, Guess who hates the black judge from Georgia?Clarence Thomas?He spoke on that subject not long ago. I have to agree that there are evil white people. But evil has no monopoly on skin color. The Boko Haram in Nigeria . Are they racist? The murder many black people.Do you hear many complain?WHY NOT?
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