The Real History Of The Democratic Party That They Won’t Talk About
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The Democratic Party is always claiming that it is the party of diversity and equality for all. How true is that really?
When the Republican Party was started by Abraham Lincoln, it was done so to abolish slavery. The Democrats opposed that and ardently fought to expand slavery. When the Republicans introduced the 13th Amendment to Congress in 1865 to put a legal end to slavery, there was only 23 percent acceptance among Democrats and 100 percent acceptance among Republicans. Democrats can argue that both parties have changed over time. That does not change the historical fact that Democrats were for slavery and Republicans were against slavery.
During the time period of the Civil War, Republicans were given the name “radical Republicans” because they wanted to give the newly freed slaves full citizenship, equality, and basic human rights. I suppose Democrats thought this was a “radical” thought. In 1868, the 14th Amendment, which supported the “radical” thought that former slaves should be afforded basic rights, was approved by 94 percent of Republicans and zero percent of Democrats.
Recently, MSNBC news anchor Joy Reid completely denied that the Republican Party had anything to do the freeing of slaves and giving them rights. Sean Jackson, chairman of the Black Republican Caucus of Florida, correctly claimed that “without Republicans, African Americans would still be enslaved.” In return, Reid stated that “the reason African-Americans have civil rights is because African-Americans fought for them.” Sean Jackson then said, “Republicans are the ones that passed [anti-slavery legislation] when Democrats continually turned it down.” Joy then claimed Jackson’s statement was false, and continued with his program.
It is such a common misconception in our society that Republicans are racist. History proves that the Democratic Party is really responsible for slavery going on as long as it did. It is crucial to have voices in the media setting the record straight.
Democrats also frequently blame Republicans for the Klu Klux Klan, a white supremacist group. Unsurprisingly, though, it was southern Democrats who founded the KKK. It was their mission to terrorize the freed slaves and the Republicans who sympathized with them. Margaret Sanger, a woman involved with the KKK, believed that the reproduction of black race should be controlled. She started Planned Parenthood for that very reason. She soon helped start “the Negro Project,” which provided information about birth control and abortion clinics to southern blacks. Think the assocation of the Democratic Party with this type of behavior is long gone? Think again. Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, even said “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, tenacity, her vision.”
While the Democratic Party tries to claim the moral high ground, it is important to understand its roots. The party of slavery and and racism does not sound like a party of “equality” to me.
Michele is a contributor from Los Angeles CA. When she is not doing homework or at school she is either kickboxing, watching NCIS:LA, or on FFL.
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