Why do black people vote Democrats?Democrats started the kkk.Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.?
Yeah I never understood why 90% of African American votes go Democrat? Clinton has stated he respects and has modeled his politics on Fulbright who was a known racist... Bird (D) served 11 years as Majority leader and was a KKK Vidmember... Yet, George Bush has appointed more members of minority groups to the highest positions of power in the history of the US...
Why Martin Luther King Was Republican
It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.
It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.
During the civil rights era of the 1960s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, 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.
In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tenn., after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd (W.Va.), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and 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. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation's fist goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.
Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.
Critics of Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, who ran for President against Johnson in 1964, ignore the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation.
Those who wrongly criticize Goldwater also ignore the fact that Johnson, in his 4,500 State of the Union Address delivered on Jan. 4, 1965, mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only 35 words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King's protest against the Vietnam War, Johnson referred to Dr. King as "that ****** preacher."
Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist "Dixiecrats" did not all migrate to the Republican Party. "Dixiecrats" declared that they would rather vote for a "yellow dog" than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was know as the party for blacks. Today, some of those "Dixiecrats" continue their political careers as Democrats, including Robert Byrd, who is well known for having been a "Keagle" in the Ku Klux Klan.
Another former "Dixiecrat" is former Democrat Sen. Ernest Hollings, who put up the Confederate flag over the state Capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat Sen. Christopher Dodd praised Byrd as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment," including the Civil War. Yet Democrats denounced then-Senate GOP leader Trent Lott for his remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond (R.-S.C.). Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Byrd and Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.
The 30-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party began in the 1970s with President Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy," which was an effort on the part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black. Georgia did not switch until 2002, and some Southern states, including Louisiana, are still controlled by Democrats.
Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.
After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3 kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004, blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).
Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.
In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.
Wow Adam B How many minority groups did Bill Clinton appoint to the highest positions of power
Yes I'm Black,I just want to clear that up.
I'm a republican too.
It's called change noway dog Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it"
- Katelyn FLv 41 decade agoBest Answer
You have to blame Tricky Dick.
When Nixon wasn't eavesdropping on his opponents, he was crafting the "Nixon Southern Strategy" which made many white people across the South switch to being Republicans.
It worked. The Red States prove it every election.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ok, so you my friend wrote waaaaaaaay to much and I didn't read it all but here's the thing... Any one can vote for the candidate they feel would fulfill the position the best. You should take into consideration the history of the party but not necessarily base a decision on a cadidate from the history. It's kind of like saying your great great great grandma was a bad person and commited a crimes and since you are a decendant of her you must be a bad person too. You may be one of the kindest people in town but since your great great great grandma was a criminal people judge you from that. - The same goes with the political parties; no one should base a decision on the fact that someone in the party did something that was unacceptable so everyone in that party must be just like that. Generalizing things like that is not always the best. People should vote for who is the best candidate and not for the history of the party. African American people can choose whom ever they think would make the best candidate; if they think a democrate would be the best option for the position then so be it!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In the period following the Civil War the Radical Republicans used the Union Army to occupy and forcibly reengineer Southern society. When conservative white Southerners ended military occupation and restored the Southern politico-economic position, the region gave its political allegiance almost entirely to the Democratic Party, creating the solidly Democratic South.
In the 1930s, when the Democratic Party began its drift toward more centralized socialized engineering, the Southern Democrats remained an anchor toward traditional Democratic policies of localized populism and progressivism. After the crisis of the Great Depression, World War Two, and the beginning of the Cold War, the National Democratic Leadership fully embraced a more centralized, socialized, secularized, and multicultural program. This was seen as a return to Reconstruction and many Southern Democrats began to drift from the National Party. As a result they became termed Dixiecrats.
The term Dixiecrat is a portmanteau of Dixie, referring to the Southern United States, and Democrat, referring to the United States Democratic Party. Initially, it referred to a splinter (or offshoot) from the party in the 1948 U.S. presidential election. For more than a century, white Southerners had overwhelmingly been Democrats, but in 1948 many bolted from the party and supported Strom Thurmond's third-party candidacy for president of the United States.
Over the next several decades, as the white South slowly realigned from the Democrats to the Republicans, the term came to have a broader usage. For example, it was used to refer to those members of the Electoral College who voted for Harry F. Byrd rather than John F. Kennedy in the election of 1960, and to the white Southern voters and electors who supported George C. Wallace in 1968.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixiecrats
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- PFullerLv 51 decade ago
"From its founding... until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks." Seriously? In the past couple of decades, if you compared, one on one, the amount of total time Republicans spent championing civil rights to the amount of time they spent talking about abortion, tax cuts, guns, or activist judges, I doubt the ratio would even be 1:100. You do make some good points. The problem is, even if I accept that Nixon's Southern Strategy was designed with the best intentions to attract the "color blind" and leave the bigots to the Democrats, can you really keep a straight face and claim that that is actually how things have played out? The white Dems, including the bigots, came for the social conservatism and they brought their attitudes towards blacks with them.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Everything you say is exactly true. Exactly true!!!
Democrats STILL enslave minorities with the racism of low expectations. It is democrats that support subsidized abortion, welfare, public housing, enterprise zones, affirmative action. All DESIGNED to confine and enslave and make people DEPENDANT (and therefore controllable). Did you ever hear of anyone getting a really good job from affirmative action? Ever see a nice public housing project? Enterprise zones rarely offer anything but low paying jobs in small businesses. You won't find a Fortune 500 company headquarters in an enterprise zone. Hurricane Katrina laid bare the modern reality of the Democrat party, and no one pays attention.
Democrats keep making promises, the followers keep following.
Now they are doing the same to the Hispanics. The new lower class. By not taking a tough stand on illegal immigration they assure a good supply of illegal immigrants that can be exploited and abused by employers but get votes from leagl Hispanics that think it is a good thing to be able to come here easily, albeit illegally. The Republicans, no heros in this issue want to assure a supply of low cost workers also, so they propose absolutely useless, but showy, "solutions" such as a fence.
You want to solve illeagl immigration? Easy. First allow for 6 month work permits, subject to a background check and small fee, maybe $75. Make it EASY to be here legally, then make it frighteningly expensive to hire illegals with a TAX. TAX! Read again...TAX!!! The TAX for using illegal immigrants should be $10,000 PER DAY, PER WORKER. Why a tax? Taxes can be enforced without "due process" unlike a fine. Property can be siezed to pay tax. SO, if you hire an illeagl immigrant to mow your lawn, you could lose your home!!!!! Would you do it?
Now the LEGAL, work permitted immigrants will demand proper wages, allowing them to live better AND making them more competitive with American workers. We do not have to deport anyone, we do not have to "round up" anyone. When they cannot get a job, except legally, they will comply with the law or walk back home. We will no more need a fence than we do with Canada.
Someday people will learn. Democrats are the descendants of slave owners STILL trying to enslave a permanent underclass of people to make themselves "necessary".
- droid327Lv 51 decade ago
Short answer: the Democrats bought the black vote by policy that perpetuates poverty and making them dependent on welfare state programs paid for by ever-increased taxes.
And if anyone tries to suggest they change that system, they just call it racism.
Thats why they're fighting immigration reform so hard, they want to get Latinos caught in the same web, too. They dont care if America goes down to the toilet so long as they get to live in Washington and spend your money for you.
- ChristopherLv 53 years ago
As a black man I have wondered that too.
- SageandscholarLv 71 decade ago
Comparing the Democrats of the Klan era with the current party is simply ignorant. The one link between the two you provide is Senator Byrd - who has publicly apologized for his involvement in the Klan and denounced the organization.
Welcome to the 21 st Century. Stay a while - you may like it.
President Johnson pushed for the civil rights laws that he signed in to law and did so in full knowledge that this would lose votes in the South. The Democrat party began its change under the leadership of the Kennedy brothers and set it in stone under his leadership - something you seem to be ignorant of
You insult the African American community by suggesting that as a group they are supporting the wrong party - that is hardly the way to win them over. African Americans individually vote for the party that they believe best reflects thier values - if that is overwhelmingly the Democrats then Republicans should be questioning themselves - not the voters.
Assigning motives to Democrats (how do you know what they want) that are completely at odds with results achieved by them shows you are light on facts on strong on baseless rhetoric. If Democrats are acting to keep blacks in poverty one would have to question why every Republican administration since Reagan has seen poverty increase dramatically while poverty decreased every year but one of the Clinton administration.
(this is called referencing a source - you do it when you provide facts - as opposed to opinion- so people do not assume you are just making it all up).Source(s): So now you do post a source and we find out that you in fact plagiarized almost your entire post, word for word, passing it off as your own work until I called you on it? As for Clinton's minority appointments - I am sure Clinton aimed to fill positions with the right people, not fill some quota to satisfy you, but here are some Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tojo West Jr Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown Secretary of Energy and Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena Secretary of Housing Henry Cisneros Secretary of Education Donna Shalala Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy Secretary of Defense William Cohen Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- greenmanLv 61 decade ago
- bootedbylibsx2Lv 41 decade ago
The Democrats bought the black vote by one, throwing people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton out there to keep racism alive. And two, tailoring more and more social programs to create a class of people who have come to rely on government support instead of their own.