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Why do black people vote Democrats?Democrats started the kkk.Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.?

Why do black people vote Democrats?Democrats started the kkk.Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.?

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.Source(s)http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16500

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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...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5_1yRVtey8

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzfK7AWx6_s

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Yes I'm Black,I just want to clear that up.

I'm a republican too.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it"

Update 3:

George Wallace was a Democrat TOO!!!!George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 -- September 13, 1998), was a United States politician who was elected Governor of Alabama as a Democrat four times (1962, 1970, 1974 and 1982) and ran for U.S. President four times, running as a Democrat in 1964, 1972, and 1976, and as the American Independent Party candidate in 1968. During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he rose to fame as a symbol of bigotry.

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This Video was taped from the History Channe and uplaoded to youtube.firey_cowgirl you need to watch more History and not cnn.

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Video from the he History. Channelhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5_1yRVtey8

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  • Rainer
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    1 decade ago
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    Blacks vote democratic because its a lesser of 2 evils. Republican is way worse. And black people would have to be real stupid to believe all of that. Republicans used to be a great party and democrats used to be the southern racists. Its changed. I actually feel sorry for republicans. They don't seem to understand that their ways are destroying our economy and our standing in this world.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Conservatives love to play this sad tactic - but okay - Once upon a time, the Republicans represented anti-slavery forces (but this did not equal loving blacks) while the Southern Democrats represented pro-slavery forces and the Northern Democrats just wanted to leave the south alone or let them go. The South lost the war and became deeply embittered against the Republican party and so voted staunchly Democrat. Then, mass immigration brought in millions of white Catholics and Jews and these landed in the north. Alienated from middle and upper class Northern Protestants (once the core of the Republican party), most of these joined the Democrats. So, in the north the Democrats became the party of Catholics while the Republicans became the party of Northern Protestants. Southerners still smarting from the Civil War -- also had issues with the Yankees or Northern Protestant -- and continued to vote Democrat (excepting a Presidential election). In the south, the Democrats were the party of the whites while many blacks kind of favored the party of Lincoln (but trust in them had long since faded). Poor Catholics & poor Jews, needed economic aid and protection from discrimination and made these an issue in the Democratic party. Since blacks also suffered from these issues, they began to gravitate that way too. This gave the Democrats a voting majority that made FDR the most successful presidential politician so far. White Catholics like the Kennedy's practiced a pragmatic Liberalism while certain Jews, Italians, and other dark whites, took on a more aggressive liberalism (sometimes even radical by waspy standards at least). And, these were even able to draw a number of protestants to their camp. By the 1960's, this liberal coalition effectively dominated the Democratic party -- advocating things like Civil Rights, Human Rights, anti-imperialism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, anti-racism - even immigration reform. For most Southern white Democrats and many other whites nation wide, these positions were deeply offensive. So, when the Republicans adopted their "Southern Strategy" to draw in Southern white, they found this worked very well nation-wide. After the 1960's, the Republicans became the party of the whites; not just affluent Northern white Protestants but also of Southern white Protestants, and many white Catholics. The Democrats have increasingly become the party of those alienated from mainstream white America: radical whites, Jewish whites, many dark whites (Portugese, Sicilians, Greeks), socially alienated people (i.e. homosexuals), certain radical feminists, Blacks and other non-whites. In the south, the Democrats are basically just the party of blacks and a few leftist white folk -- quite a reversal from 100 years ago. But, life goes on and so the Republicans -- the leadership at least -- are seeking to expand their support beyond mainstream America. And, there has been some success as many white Hispanics (e.g. Miami Cubans - mixed whites & near whites ? ) vote heavily Republican and a significant percentage of Asians also do so. But, how far this will go only time will tell ? I suspect most darker Hispanics will not go there. And, ethnic politics may be getting the Asians e.g. if Japanese vote this way, then, Koreans vote that way and so on. (But, this can change if you consider that whites in the early 1900's once divided along ethnic lines: English and Polish here, Irish and Germans there ). This is before the black bogey man bothered them enough to make them ignore the minor differences and focus on the continental ones. I suspect the black bogey man i.e. the Southern Strategy is also playing amongst many non-whites as it has with white folk ? I believe East Asians & Hindus are certainly capable of deep cords of anti-black hatred. This hostility -- pointed out by an article entitled "Race" by the Edsalls -- is the glue holding the Republican coalition together. Realizing this many blacks -- for obvious reasons -- want no part of it.

  • Conservatives love to play this sad tactic - but okay -

    Once upon a time, the Republicans represented anti-slavery forces (but this did not equal loving blacks) while the Southern Democrats represented pro-slavery forces and the Northern Democrats just wanted to leave the south alone or let them go.

    The South lost the war and became deeply embittered against the Republican party and so voted staunchly Democrat.

    Then, mass immigration brought in millions of white Catholics and Jews and these landed in the north. Alienated from middle and upper class Northern Protestants (once the core of the Republican party), most of these joined the Democrats. So, in the north the Democrats became the party of Catholics while the Republicans became the party of Northern Protestants. Southerners still smarting from the Civil War -- also had issues with the Yankees or Northern Protestant -- and continued to vote Democrat (excepting a Presidential election). In the south, the Democrats were the party of the whites while many blacks kind of favored the party of Lincoln (but trust in them had long since faded).

    Poor Catholics & poor Jews, needed economic aid and protection from discrimination and made these an issue in the Democratic party. Since blacks also suffered from these issues, they began to gravitate that way too. This gave the Democrats a voting majority that made FDR the most successful presidential politician so far.

    White Catholics like the Kennedy's practiced a pragmatic Liberalism while certain Jews, Italians, and other dark whites, took on a more aggressive liberalism (sometimes even radical by waspy standards at least). And, these were even able to draw a number of protestants to their camp.

    By the 1960's, this liberal coalition effectively dominated the Democratic party -- advocating things like Civil Rights, Human Rights, anti-imperialism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, anti-racism - even immigration reform.

    For most Southern white Democrats and many other whites nation wide, these positions were deeply offensive. So, when the Republicans adopted their "Southern Strategy" to draw in Southern white, they found this worked very well nation-wide.

    After the 1960's, the Republicans became the party of the whites; not just affluent Northern white Protestants but also of Southern white Protestants, and many white Catholics.

    The Democrats have increasingly become the party of those alienated from mainstream white America: radical whites, Jewish whites, many dark whites (Portugese, Sicilians, Greeks), socially alienated people (i.e. homosexuals), certain radical feminists, Blacks and other non-whites.

    In the south, the Democrats are basically just the party of blacks and a few leftist white folk -- quite a reversal from 100 years ago.

    But, life goes on and so the Republicans -- the leadership at least -- are seeking to expand their support beyond mainstream America. And, there has been some success as many white Hispanics (e.g. Miami Cubans - mixed whites & near whites ? ) vote heavily Republican and a significant percentage of Asians also do so.

    But, how far this will go only time will tell ? I suspect most darker Hispanics will not go there. And, ethnic politics may be getting the Asians e.g. if Japanese vote this way, then, Koreans vote that way and so on. (But, this can change if you consider that whites in the early 1900's once divided along ethnic lines: English and Polish here, Irish and Germans there ). This is before the black bogey man bothered them enough to make them ignore the minor differences and focus on the continental ones.

    I suspect the black bogey man i.e. the Southern Strategy is also playing amongst many non-whites as it has with white folk ? I believe East Asians & Hindus are certainly capable of deep cords of anti-black hatred.

    This hostility -- pointed out by an article entitled "Race" by the Edsalls -- is the glue holding the Republican coalition together. Realizing this many blacks -- for obvious reasons -- want no part of it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Blacks vote Democrat because FDR put America back to work as part of his New Deal.

    Blacks have NEVER tried to fully understand the TRUTH behind who DID and who DID NOT support "civil rights" laws.

    In TRUTH...the Republican party earned EXPONENTIALLY MORE credit for passing civil rights than ANY democrat.... yet the Democrats continue their "clinton-esque" ways of repeating lies over and over until they are accepted as truth.

    Democrats keep SAYING they are the party of "civil rights" and the mindless masses beleive them.

    Of course... they also give Clinton credit for a "balanced budget" and "welfare reform"..... NONE of which was his. It simply passed WHILE he was president. This is how it happens...... they look at who eventually signed, NOT who fought for it and FORCED it to happen.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Back in the day there were "Democrats" and "Southern Democrats". Southern Democrats were pretty much the most racist dudes around, but they were booted from the party during the Civil Rights era, and they defected to the Republican Party.

  • 1 decade ago

    The "solid south" was Democrat, and KKK, but they took over the Republican party and now the southern sates are all red. Is that hard to figure out?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because those folks quit the party in the 1960's because of LBJ's civil rights and great society programs. Guess what party their in now.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    try looking up the history of political parties in the US. things have changed a lot... and boy can you cut and paste like nobody's business

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The problem is that everyone and everything are looking at race as if it is the biggest problem this country has.. It's not!

    But if the people want a black president Alan Keyes would have been the best choice... He also doesn't throw his race as a gimmick to win popular votes!

  • 1 decade ago

    its a thing called a party switch read about it

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