Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Why did the Democrat Party filibuster civil rights legislation?

Democrat Al Gore Sr. personally filibustered & Democrat Leader Robert Byrd was the head of his local Klu Klux Klan.


Sundari: It is the Democrat Party & Republican Party. Both parties are Democratic so saying democratic party shouldn't define either one of them. Sadly what you call the Democratic Party doesn't seem to support Democratic ideals anymore.

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  • 10 years ago
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    "[John F. ] Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Sen. Al Gore Sr. And after he became President, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King."

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  • 4 years ago

    Robert Byrd Democrat West Virginia

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  • 10 years ago

    First of all, it's the Democratic Party, you sound illiterate when you call you say "Democrat Party." It's like saying the Republic Party. It's said that way as an insult.

    Secondly, the things you say may be true, but they're taken out of context and were happening in a time when the country was in a very different place and mindset. We're all products of our environment and upbringing but we can make the choice to look at the truth and do the right thing. Eventually, Democrats, including Robert Byrd, Bobby Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson had a change of heart and worked for the Civil Rights legislation which Johnson signed into law, at their own peril. The "Dixiecrats" left the Democratic Party because of it and went over to the Republican Party.

    Stop blowing smoke. People can change, even you.

    • "a change of heart" ? seriously ? Robert byrd of the kkk ? change of heart ?? how about strictly political / to get democratic votes secured .

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  • the Democrat Party filibustered civil rights legislation because they are racist. It's pretty simple. They are also left wing party hacks. At the time Al Gore's Daddy conducted one of the longest filibusters in the Senate. Black people voted for Republicans. It's all about power. The founder of planned parenthood thought black people ought to be exterminated like weeds. They haven't changed, The democrat party rhetoric has just become more sophisticated.

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  • bob
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    10 years ago

    It is well know history that the Democratic party nurtured and pushed and with the help of President Lydon Johnson PASSED civil rights legislation over the objections of the Southern segregationist arm of their party know as the Dixiecrats. The Dixiecrats left the Democratic party and were welcomed into the Republican party in a move engineered by Richard Nixon and labeled the "southern strategy". Therefore, while it is correct to say that Democrats may have filibustered civil rights legislation, it NOT correct to say that the Democratic party did. It is also important to note that those Democrats who opposed civil rights legislation are now associated with the Republican party. As for Robert Byrd one of the Dixiecrats who did not leave the party, He was indeed a member of the Klan, which he readily admits, but joined the clan not because of racist views, but because they represented themselves as a patriotic organization fighting communism. He has offered no excuses other than youthful ignorance and ambition, but left the organization and has actively denounced them since.

    EDIT: Love those conservitards. two thumbs down for reciting history! Why are conservatives such total morons?

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  • 10 years ago

    "Most Democrats from the Southern states opposed the bill, including Senators Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN), J. William Fulbright (D-AR), and Robert Byrd (D-WV)."

    As to the vote totals...

    The original House version:[9]

    Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)

    Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)

    Cloture in the Senate:[10]

    Democratic Party: 44-23 (66%-34%)

    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%-18%)

    The Senate version:[9]

    Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%-31%)

    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%-18%)

    The Senate version, voted on by the House:[9]

    Democratic Party: 153-91 (63%-37%)

    Republican Party: 136-35 (80%-20%)

    So, you can see that proportianally, a much higher number of republicans than democrats voted for the legislation.

    As to why... well, as you said, Robert Byrd was the head of the KKK...

    "Byrd joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was 24 in 1942. His local chapter unanimously elected him the top officer of their unit.

    According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd later recalled, "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did." Byrd held the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.

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

    “ I shall never fight in the armed forces with a ***** 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"

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Actually the States' Rights Democratic Party (a far-right splinter group of Southern Democrats) filibustered it. They later joined the GOP, after Reagan's Southern Strategy.

    Both the GOP and the Democratic Party of the era supported civil rights.

    • Chris6 years agoReport

      JFK also participated in that filibuster. He was a Democrat from the Northeast.

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  • 10 years ago

    Then the Northern democrats enabled it and the South suddenly started voting Republican. Sorry was just finishing the story for you

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  • 10 years ago

    This is because the Democrats back in the day were led by the Dixiecrats who were from the South and hated the blacks. You failed to mentioned that a Democrats signed the voting rights act of 1965 into law and that the Democrats (JFK and LBJ) were influential into obtaining rights for black people.

    Source(s): The History books, take a look at it sometime, has some good stuff in there.
    • Chris6 years agoReport

      JFK and LBJ did indeed support the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for what many analysts believe were political reasons. JFK and LBJ both filibustered the 1957 Civil Rights Act which had all the same measures as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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  • M
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    politicians from dixie states knew enough to be more crow than jim to get elected and re-elected; gore and byrd at least did some good and later apologized; compare to richard russell, john stennis, and the twin evils from the carolinas

    • Chris6 years agoReport

      JFK and his brother were both from the Northeast. How do you explain their racism? How do you explain JFK preventing the Civil Rights Act of 1957 from passage by filibustering it?

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