Political: Race in Politics

In the interest of full discloser I am currently a registered independent and not affiliated with any political party. I have seen good and not so good in both parties. However, my sense of peace came when I became an independent observer and voter. There are obviously racial issues that are influencing and have always influenced how we vote. It is important to look at our racial political standing from a historical and social context. When we do that we will also see an historical and present day practice of what we call “Identity Politics.” This is when the normative culture of a people pressure its constituents to vote according to their race or gender.

There’s a lot of views about both political parties and we could start pretty much anywhere in history, however, we will start here. Politics changed when the issue of ending slavery was introduced and it was the chief cause of the Civil War. After the war, the issues of the newly freed slaves had then come into question and it contributed to the birth of Reconstruction. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1868) provided Blacks equal protection under the law. The 15th Amendment (1870) provided every male citizen regardless of race the right to vote. That impacted political party affiliations and their support. Therefore, because of the support from the Republican party, Blacks would identify themselves as Republicans.

On June 4, 1919 Congress passed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, and it was ratified on August 18, 1920. Women had been very active in all aspects of society and influenced politics and business before, during and after this passage. One could argue that their political leanings overall was to overwhelmingly support the Republican party in the 1920 elections.

Dinesh D’Souza, historian and activist gives his insight into the former late President LBJ and the Democratic party. Most of the political and social insiders knew how LBJ felt about Blacks and that he was a Dixiecrat personally and in his politics. Many people are under the misconception that Blacks were historically Democratic. They were unaware of the racist history of the Democratic party and the support that their ancestor’s received from the Republican party.

The Civil Rights act was something that the Democrats fought against for years, and that the Republicans supported. When LBJ was the president, he was reportedly overheard telling his Dixiecrat colleagues, that he wanted them to supported the bill because he would “have those niggers voting democrat for the next 200 years.” If that was true then it seemed to work. Blacks are doggedly loyal to the Democratic party regardless of how they’ve been treated. You are going to want to watch a number of D’Souza’s videos when he speaks about the Democrats because he will give you significant insights that you may not find in only one video. This is a must watch.

Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University gives her synopsis of the “truth” about racism in the Democratic vs. Republican parties. It’s important to note that there is also a YouTube video attempting to “Debunk” Dr. Swain’s position as you can find an opposing view of anything. It would seem that the historical facts support Dr. Swain’s position. Nevertheless, I suggest that one researches this position and you can come to your own conclusions.

Dr. Carol Swain shares with us that the first minority Congressmen and women along with Governors were Republicans. It would stand to reason that this was because of the demonstrated support via their platforms toward women and minorities. It’s worth the watch. As usual, these facts are researchable for yourselves.

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tells us out of her own mouth that her uncle Dr. King, her father and her grandfather Dr. King, Sr. were all Republicans. She tells us that it was a party that fought for the oppressed. This is significant mostly for historical accuracy since I have seen some YouTube presenters say that he was not a Republican. It would also be consistent with the primary reason why he and other blacks would have been Republicans. Does this mean that he always voted Republican or never supported a Democratic candidate? No, there is a probability that he may have supported the late President John F. Kennedy, Sr. In any case, it’s important to know your history and to do your research regarding the current issues that effect you.