Frances Rice has a great article on the National Black Republican Association website. It’s about how the Democrat Party ignores their racist history, and shifts blame for the ills of black communities onto the Republicans. The whole thing is worth reading for sure, but here’s a little taste to get you started.
So, what are the historical details about civil rights that few Americans know? According to historians, it was the Democrats who fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it. From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. After the Civil War, Republicans amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans also passed the civil rights laws of the 1860′s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, as well as the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks.
It was Democrats who started the Ku Klux Klan that became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party to lynch and terrorize Republicans – black and white. Democrats passed those discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws and fought every piece of civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s. Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws, and when the Democrats regained control of Congress in 1892, they passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans. Republicans founded the HCBU’s and started the NAACP to counter the racist practices of the Democrats. It took Republicans six decades to finally achieve again the passage of civil rights laws in the 1950’s and 1960’s, over the objection of Democrats.
It defies logic for Democrats today to claim that the racist Democrats suddenly joined the Republican Party after Republicans – including Republican Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – finally won the civil rights battle against the racist Democrats. In fact, the racist Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
You can read the full text of Ms. Rice’s article here.