By Dave Corsi
Yes, hard to believe, The Democratic Party.
Because of the barriers set up in the South to keep the newly freed slaves from voting, the Republicans in Congress passed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution in 1870. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Democrats fought passage tooth and nail. In fact, the driving force behind the formation of the Klu Klux Klan was to suppress the black vote.
“Reconstruction” in the South ended when the Republicans passed the “Civil Rights Act of 1875.”
After Reconstruction the Democrats took back control of the state governments in the South, effectively relegating blacks to second-class citizenship.
The following is a list of some of the famous politicians from the South who did their best to suppress the black Americans down south. Needless to say, all were Democrats.
Ben Tillman – Senator and Governor of South Carolina – in the 1870’s was involved in guerilla warfare against Blacks and the Republicans
James F. Byrnes – Congressman from South Carolina. One of Byrne’s claims to fame was his virulent defense of “lynching”. Another was his vow to “abolish” public education if schools were integrated.
Eugene Talmadge – Governor of Georgia –Along with his public advocacy of white suppression of blacks, Talmadge bragged on the campaign trail of beating a black man for eating an apple out of the same bag as a white woman.
Richard Russell – Senator from Georgia elected in 1932. In a letter to Talmadage” Russell wrote, “I am willing to go as far and make as great a sacrifice to preserve and insure white supremacy in the social, economic and political life of our state as any man who lives within her borders.”
Russell staunchly defended Jim Crow laws, and separate but equal laws into the 1970’s.
Russell’s most famous protégé was Lyndon Baines Johnson (whose record on civil rights prior to becoming President was shameful). Russell’s legacy lives on; the Russell Senate Office Building is named after this racist Democrat.
James Vardman – Governor of Mississippi. In the late 1800’s Vardman was a leading voice for white supremacy in the South. He publically castigated President Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) for having dinner at the White House with Booker T. Washington. Vardman was incredulous that Roosevelt had taken; “this n***** bastard into his home…..entertained him on terms of social equality.”
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