One of the most interesting things that I have observed over the span of my life as a white Southerner is the affiliation of the black community with the Democrats. A brief review of history may be instructive here. The Democrats were a party evolved from the Anti-federalists in the late 1700’s. The party won much support in the early 1800’s and evolved into the party which supported slavery. The Republicans started in the 1850’s with one of the main points being anti-slavery and support of human dignity. The Democrats lost power to the Republicans led by Abraham Lincoln. The majority of the Confederacy was Democrat, and after the Civil War, the Democrats were staunchly anti-black and lead the rush to enact the Jim Crow laws that legalized discrimination. Roosevelt and all his cronies did nothing to eliminate legalized discrimination. The party that pressed for the armed forces to be integrated was the Republican. It was the Republicans that started de-segregating the schools in the 1950’s.The Democrats, led by the Dixiecrats, were entrenched in denying blacks the vote and access to businesses. I can remember this in the 1960’s, when segregation was still the goal of the Dixiecrats. Kennedy and the Democrats did little to support black efforts to secure the common rights of the American citizen. It was a Republican congress that, true to its origins, enacted the legislation that buried all the Jim Crow legislation. It was the Republicans who lead the way to the voter rights legislation. It was Democrat legislation that eventually spawned the welfare mentality that has crippled the black community for the last 40 years. The Democrats wanted power from keeping people dependant on government for the necessities of life. It was the Republicans that led the way to people enabled to help themselves.
HERSELF SEZ: The first election I voted in, I voted Republican – because I believed then and believe now “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The party that came closest to securing these rights at the time was – and is now – the Republican Party. I don’t always agree with the planks and platforms of the various campaigns, but I don’t believe in “give-away programs” nor in “bread and circuses.” Therein lies madness.
So, why is it that so many blacks identify themselves as Democrats and liberals? These people see you as second class, unable to do things for yourselves. Only as government pawns. Take your destiny into your own hands. You are only a voting pet if you let these people convince you that you must have life given to you. I say regain your place as free, independent, successful human beings and members of the American society.
Unfortunately, nowadays the Republicans are just as power-hungry and corrupt as the Democrats. Such is human nature.