Scalawags, Carpetbaggers, and Uncle Toms – A Brief History

Sitting down with my daughter for her freshman-year homework nightly has been a treat. The most flavorful treat yet has been her history homework. We started by working through the Civil War and the era of Reconstruction.

It was a wonderful refresher in how “reconstructed” our minds have become. Between what we are taught and a reality that exists, there is a great moat that nobody dares to cross because doing so would include the admission that one doesn’t care to protect their own emotional, psychological, and political well being. Those who cross will be called names and derided until they submit.

For as long as I can remember, the racially driven politicians, educators, and voters of this nation have associated the minority vote with Democrats. “The Democrat Party looks out for the little guy; they want to make sure no minority is left behind.”

But the difference between political posturing and historic reality is stark. I want to spend this time looking back on history and what we as Americans have apparently lost sight of. That is the fact that though the iconic Democrat Hillary Clinton can pose as a plantation worker at the podium, she and her party have a dark secret: their party is not, nor has it ever been, the party of Civil Rights.

As I was reviewing the unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction with my daughter, we came across Hirum Revels, a Mississippi Senator during the mid-1850s. From the US Senate website we learn “on February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as senator-elect Hiram Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, entered the chamber to take his oath of office.” Why the applause? No, no – calm down! It wasn’t because he was merely a Republican. It was because he was the first Black American to serve in Congress. That’s right! This glass ceiling for Black Americans in politics was broken by a Republican. What do Senator Revels, Blanche K. Bruce, and Edward W. Brooke, III, all have in common? Yes they were all US Senators – but also they were the first three Black US Senators and also all three were Republicans. As a matter of fact, the first Black American to serve in the Senate as a Democrat was Carol M. Braun, who took office in 1993. It’s amazing how the “Party of Progress” was only 123 years behind the curve of electing this minority to the two-seat per state Senate.

But then what do we expect?

Let’s take a look at the history of the Democratic Leadership of the past. I like quotes, so let’s start with those:

“I’ll have those N****ers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” -President Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat

“I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County . . . The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.” -Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat

“I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of the negroes.” -US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Democrat

Going beyond quotes alone, let’s not forget President Woodrow Wilson – Democrat. While in office he thought it was a good idea to have a showing of “Birth of a Nation”. This movie was adopted from the book, The Clansman, which – among other racially sickening views, saw the Ku Klux Klan as an organization to be hailed.

A great set of further quotes from Democrats and platform statements of their party can be found consolidated in the Wall Street Journal extra, Whitewash.

Another necessary consideration is the overall Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This includes the 1960s movement, but also political battles that included Jim Crow Laws, the Black Codes, and the abolishment of slavery. Whether it was Thaddeus Stevens being a “Radical Republican” (I suppose old terms never die), the common accusation that Martin Luther King, Jr. sided with Republicans, or George Bush’s appointment of more blacks to high-level positions than any other President, there is no shortage of history to show the true Civil Rights Reformers of History have not been those who posture themselves as if they do, that being the Democrat Party. It has, throughout history, been that of the Republicans who have walked the walk.

The point it this: we have an election coming up in November. We can count on issues such as Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer or other racially-driven issues concocted by the left being a part of the election. That being the case, we need to arm ourselves with the facts that help debunk the myths that so many are taught to accept as common knowledge in society. Learn; understand; share.

PS – Thanks, Sis, for asking me to help with homework.


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