Probably the biggest single lie hoisted onto republicans by the left wing in America is that somehow the Republicans are racist by nature. How anyone ever bought this silly claim is beyond reason. Deroy Murdock of the National Review Online writes a brilliant piece this week where he chronicles the achievements Republicans have made towards the establishment of Civil Rights. Also some of the racism the left has shown towards blacks. Remember it was the Democratic south that invoked Jim Crowe laws, plus 82% of Republicans compared to 66% democrats voted for The Civil Rights Act in the 60's. This is not to say that Republicans haven't had their share of racist members throughout the years...but it certainly isn't a staple of our party like the left want you to believe.
The House Policy Committee's 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar offers 365 examples of GOP support for women, blacks, and other minorities, often over Democratic objections. Among its highlights:
- "To stop the Democrats' pro-slavery agenda, anti-slavery activists founded the Republican party, starting with a few dozen men and women in Ripon, Wisconsin on March 20, 1854," the calendar notes. "Democratic opposition to Republican efforts to protect the civil rights of all Americans lasted not only throughout Reconstruction, but well into the 20th century. In the south, those Democrats who most bitterly opposed equality for blacks founded the Ku Klux Klan, which operated as the party's terrorist wing."
White supremacist worked club in hand with Democrats for decades:
- May 22, 1856: Two years after the Grand Old party's birth, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner (R., Mass.) rose to decry pro-slavery Democrats. Congressman Preston Brooks (D., S.C.) responded by grabbing a stick and beating Sumner unconscious in the Senate chamber. Disabled, Sumner could not resume his duties for three years
- July 30, 1866: New Orleans' Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated GOP meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
Republicans also have supported legislation favorable to blacks, often against intense Democratic headwinds:
- In 1865, Congressional Republicans unanimously backed the 13th Amendment, which made slavery unconstitutional. Among Democrats, 63 percent of senators and 78 percent of House members voted: "No."
- February 28, 1871: The GOP Congress passed the Enforcement Act, giving black voters federal protection.
These are all examples directly from the above opinion piece by Deroy Murdock. Keep in mind that democrats did do some good for civil rights...But should we allow them to pretend that they are the ones that care for minorities when for so long they tried to hinder the cause of freedom for people of all color?