Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King's struggle was against Democrats

The author Michael Zak has an interest article out regarding Martin Luther Kings rather diffuclt relationshisop with Democrats.

The police chief of Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights era was a Democrat. A member of the Ku Klux Klan, Eugene "Bull" Connor had been a Democrat state legislator and a delegate to the 1948 Democratic National Convention 

Here is the permalink to the rest of the article .

Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country. He is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, cited by Clarence Thomas in a Supreme Court decision. Each day, the Grand Old Partisan blog celebrates 155 years of Republican heroes and heroics. See for more information.


Black Conservative said...

With all due respect, why are you talking about the evils of Democrats from 40, 50, and 100 years ago? Unless we black Republicans start to address the big elephant in the room (excuse the pun) of why the Democrats just elected the first black President, while the GOP can't even get ONE black elected to Congress, we will never get more credibility in the community.

rmrd said...

Also the person writing the post might read "Judgment Days:Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr, and The Laws That Changed America" by Nick Kotz. The book details the behind the scenes cooperation between President Johnson and MLK during the hight of the passage of Civil rights laws. King obviously broke with Johnson over Vietnam, but there is evidence of the cooperation on taped conversations between King and Johnson.

As Black conservative notes rehashing Democratic Party ills regarding race will be met with The current GOP RNC candidates behavior. An all-White country club and "Barack the Magic Negro" will stick like glue to Republicans in the era of President Obama.

Anonymous said...

The truth has to be told. That's why. Black democrats have been duped and should not even be in that party. They were furious when Condi got in while they had literally no one in high position, then worked to get someone in to counterbalance it so their myth could stay alive. Obama's family from his fathers side call themselves Arabs anyway, his moms side is caucasian.

Why Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican

By Frances Rice

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.

It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860's, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950's and 1960's.

During the civil rights era of the 1960's, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was President Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.

Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr. And after he became president, John F. Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.

In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860's, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation‘s first goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.

Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.

Critics of Republican Senator Barry Goldwater who ran for president against Democrat President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, ignore the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation.

Those who wrongly criticize Goldwater, also ignore the fact that President Johnson, in his 4,500 State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King's protest against the Viet Nam War, President Johnson referred to Dr. King as "that Nigger preacher."

Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist "Dixiecrats" did not all migrate to the Republican Party. "Dixiecrats" declared that they would rather vote for a "yellow dog" than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks. Today, some of those "Dixiecrats" continue their political careers as Democrats, including Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who is well known for having been a "Keagle" in the Ku Klux Klan.

Another former "Dixiecrat" is Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings who put up the Confederate flag over the state capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment," including the Civil War. Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.

The thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party began in the 1970's with President Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" which was an effort on the Part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black. Georgia did not switch until 2002, and some Southern states, including Louisiana, are still controlled by Democrats.

Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.

After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3rd kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29th. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004 blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Bill Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).

Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.

In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.

rmrd said...

Anonymous, it is just too easy to counter your post.

“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of good will viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a Senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.

It was both unfortunate and disastrous that the Republican Party nominated Barry Goldwater as its candidate for President of the United States. In foreign policy Mr. Goldwater advocated a narrow nationalism, a crippling isolationism, and a trigger-happy attitude that could plunge the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation. On social and economic issues, Mr. Goldwater represented an unrealistic conservatism that was totally out of touch with the reality of the twentieth century. The issue of poverty compelled the attention of all citizens of our country. Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”

-Martin Luther King Jr., from "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr by MLK and Clayborne Carson

Christopher Arps said...

We do the Black conservative movement a monumental disservice by spreading the ridiculous fallacy that MLK was a Republican If we want to be viewed as nothing more than kooks and lower our credibility to absolute zero, then spreading this shameful lie is one of the best ways to do it. I for one will not stand by and let it be propagated.

On rehashing 40, 50, 150 yr old history to sell Blacks on the Republican Party:

The St. Louis Rams were a horrible football team this year, for me to try and convert a newcomer to St. Louis to become a Rams fan, I cannot go about convincing him by reliving the glory days of ten years ago by telling him about Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and the rest of the members of "The Greatest Show on Turf" that won a Superbowl. I must convince him by showing him what the team has done recently and what they are doing to improve for the future.

It is important in a historical sense for this information to be known by Black people, but as a tool for outreach, I've seen it simply fall on deaf ears. Political loyalty is based on emotion and heart, not intellect or rational thinking. Why else in the world would people re-elect Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagovich for a second term - even while he was in the midst of numerous investigations against him?

We must win hearts and minds with our ideas and how we present those ideas. In the long run, I believe this will be much more effective at opening minds to our cause than a history lesson of great people and great acts, that are long dead and long past.
Washington Times
September 13, 2005
Inside the Beltway

God before GOP

We've learned of a major shake-up at the Washington-based National Black Republican Association, with six of the 10 NBRA board members resigning in recent days over various disagreements.

"The organization and its current leadership is heading down a much different direction than was envisioned by myself and the other board members," says Christopher R. Arps.

Similarly, the Rev. Eric M. Wallace, chairman of the African American Republican Council of Illinois and a candidate for lieutenant governor, writes in a resignation letter obtained by Inside the Beltway:

"If you guys decide to formulate another organization based on actually helping our people, let me know. If you choose people with a servant's heart, then I am in. I serve because of my relationship with my Savior. I am a Christian first, a father second, a minister and scholar third, and a black man fourth, and then a Republican. Heaven help me if I ever get these out of order."

Three resigning board members, we're told, frowned on signing a "statement of commitment" sent to them by NBRA Chairman Frances Rice, concluding with: "My failure to sign this statement confirms that I am not a member in good standing of the NBRA and am not eligible to be an officer in the NBRA or a member of the NBRA Board of Directors."

Board member Bill Calhoun, in a memo to Ms. Rice also obtained by this column, wrote: "Regarding your request for me to sign a letter of commitment, is this being requested of all board members? This appears discriminatory."

Meanwhile, there also were questions surrounding approval of the latest news release issued by the NBRA, praising President Bush's leadership after Hurricane Katrina.

"President Bush is to be commended for deploying all of the resources of the federal government to help the refugees," Ms. Rice stated in the release.

uptownsteve said...

Same old tired coonservative lies.

There is one big elephany in the room that even the most myopic black righties can't run from.

A black Democrat is in the White House.

Name the elected black Republican.


uptownsteve said...

Black Conservative sez...........

"With all due respect, why are you talking about the evils of Democrats from 40, 50, and 100 years ago? Unless we black Republicans start to address the big elephant in the room (excuse the pun) of why the Democrats just elected the first black President, while the GOP can't even get ONE black elected to Congress, we will never get more credibility in the community."

You sound like a reasonable person but you notice your fellow travellers aren't listening to you.

It's real simple to me.

Black people by and large aren't going to vote for black Republicans because black Republicans gleefully function as attack dogs and flunkies for the white right who do nothing but spread the ugliest lies and slander about the black community.

White conservatives aren't going to vote for black Republicans because they don't like black people.

Liberals and moderates of all hues aren't going to vote for black Republicans because black Republicans tend to be more strident and extreme than white Republicans.

So you have no natural constituency.

You could appeal to a decent percentage of the black community which is very conservative at it's core if you would:

a. Speak to the community with respect

b. At least appear to have some pride in being black.

That however seems to be beyond the capabilities of most black conservatives.

sbm said...

I am sick and tired of the rehashing of the last 100 years. Both sides have racist in there ranks and both sides have an ugly history. There are two facts I can not get past in the liberal arguments.

#1 all black districts in America are run by Democrats locally and nationally
#2 Police Unions are Democrats

Why do you blame Republicans for local issues?

Why don't we condemn the Police unions for the abuse in the black communities?

sbm said...

Blacks and the 2008 Republican National Convention
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies 1

Earl Cunningham
Shelby County Dist. 2
PO Box 652
Montevallo, AL 35115
Johnny Ford

PO Box 830687
Tuskegee, AL 36083
Alban Isaacs Niles
Judge, Superior Court
Los Angeles Judicial District
111 N. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Veronica Airey-Wilson
550 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103

Donald A. Blakey
State Representative Dist. 34
Legislative Hall Office
PO Box 1401
Dover, DE 19903

Jennifer Carroll
State Representative Dist. 13
8970 103rd St. Ste. 10
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Art Graham
Councilmember Dist. 13
City Hall
117 W. Duval St. Ste. 425
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Glorious Johnson
City Hall
117 W. Duval St. Ste. 425
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Melvin Everson
State Representative Dist. 106
2140 McGee Road Ste. C710
Snellville, GA 30078
Willie Talton
State Representative Dist. 145
1126 South Davis Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
Ralph Moore
5047 Union St.
Union City, GA 30291
Michael Cunegin II
Allen County Dist. 1
1 Main St. Room 100
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Barbara Malone
City-County Councilmember-at-
200 E. Washington St. Room 241
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Kent Smith
City-County Councilmember-at-
200 E. Washington St. Room 241
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Isaiah McGee
Councilmember/Mayor Pro Tem
150 Glendale Drive
Waukee, IA 50263
Leon Mosley
Black Hawk County
99 Mosley St.
Waterloo, IA 50703
Frank G. Cousins, Jr.
Essex County
20 Manning Avenue
Middleton, MA 01949

Bill Hardiman
State Senator Dist. 29
State Capitol
PO Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909
Blacks and the 2008 Republican National Convention
Joint Center for Political and 2 Economic Studies

Maurice Fulton Lucas
Renova Town Hall
5 2nd St.
Renova, MS 38732
Yvonne Brown
PO Box 356
Tchula, MS 39169
Franklin Thompson
Councilmember Dist. 6
1819 Farnam St. Ste. LC-1
Omaha, NE 68183

Maurice E. Washington
State Senator Dist. 2
PO Box 1166
Sparks, NV 89432

New Hampshire
James H. Lawrence
State Representative Dist. 27
18 Old Coach Road
Hudson, NH 03051

New Jersey
Theresa Brown
Burlington County
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Robert Jackson
732 Broadway
West Cape May, NJ 98204

New Mexico
Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert
State Representative Dist. 44
PO Box 2212
Corrales, NM 87048

New York
Joan B. Johnson
655 Main St.
Islip, NY 11751
James "Jimbo" Robinson
Councilmember Ward 3
3 Frontage Road
Gloversville, NY 12078
Bruce Tolbert
Justice, State Supreme Court
9th Judicial District
111 Martin Luther King Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
North Carolina
John Nobel
PO Box 625
East Spencer, NC 28039
Vernon Robinson
PO Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Donald K. McLaurin
35 North Olive Road
Trotwood, OH 45426
James Cannon
Judge, Municipal Court
Safety Building
335 W. 3rd St. #306
Dayton, OH 45402
Melba D. Marsh
Judge, Court of Common Pleas
Hamilton County
1000 Main St. #240
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Alice O. McCollum
Judge, Municipal Court
Safety Building
335 W. 3rd St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Andrea C. Peeples
Judge, Municipal Court
Franklin County Courthouse
375 S. High St. Court Room 14D
Columbus, OH 43215

T. W. Shannon
State Representative Dist. 62
7903 NW Folkstone Way
Lawton, OK 73505
Jackie Winters
State Senator Dist. 10
900 Court St. NE S-212
Salem, OR 97301
Blacks and the 2008 Republican National Convention
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies 3

Robert G. Reid
60 W. Emaus St.
Middletown, PA 17057
Richelle Reid
60 W. Emaus St.
Middletown, PA 17057
Robert A. Wright
Sr. Judge, Court of Common
Delaware County Courthouse
201 W. Front St.
Media, PA 19063
Robert C. Wright
Judge, Court of Common Pleas
Delaware County Courthouse
201 W. Front St.
Media, PA 19063

South Carolina
Timothy E. Scott
Charleston County Dist. 3
1730 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29407

George H. Brown, Jr.
Judge, Circuit Court
Shelby County Div. 4
140 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Daryl K. Hubbard
Court Clerk
City Court
101 E. Lafayette St.
Jackson, TN 38301

Gwen Morrison
Tarrant County Junior College
1500 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Gregory Parker
Comal County Dist. 3
199 Main Plaza
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Wallace Jefferson
Chief Justice, State Supreme
PO Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
Dale Wainwright
Justice, State Supreme Court
PO Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
Michael L. Williams
Chair, Railroad Commission
PO Box 12967
Austin, TX 78711
Randy Brock
State Auditor
132 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05633
John E. Gordon, Jr.
Chair, Supervisor
Hanover County-South Anna
14102 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Virgin Islands
Lawrence Boschulte
Member, Board of Elections
PO Box 302298
St. Thomas, VI 00803
Source: Joint Center for
Political and Economic Studies

sbm said...

I couldn't find dog catcher but maybe you can.

uptownsteve said...

This is a joke, right?

Virgin Island Board of Elections?


Anonymous said...

if your such a stach supporter of the republican party, please go to the deep south and say your just like them, maybe u can do the same for rush L. maybe go to a kkk meeting (wait there democratic) not. Lincoln in todays standards would be consider an democrat not republican, and u are pushing for a party who blantly dislike and fear you. but that your deal, please try not to fool others like you fool yourselfs

sbm said...

Clown Prince of the South Bronx, You asked for elected officials and you got them, the whole list. It funny how you skipped over state reps, Mayors, judges and focused on The Virgin Islands. I'm still waiting for the dog catcher.

Anonymous said...

The first Black Man elected to Congress was Sen. Edward Brooke III of Massachusetts in 1966 He was the person that Hillary Rodham Clinton pilloried in her college graduation speech. He was a Republican and in Oct. 2009 he received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. He worked tirelessly to expand Civil Rights and was the first Congressman to call Richard M. Nixon and ask him to resign. Where is THAT leasership in the current crop of Black Congresspeople we have today? As far as some of the comments here, Lincoln would never have been a Democrat then or now. He believed in in giving people a hand up NOT a hand out to make them beholden to them through government programs. This is how Democrats break up the Black Nuclear Family and keep them on the Plantation, just as they keep the Indians on the Reservations. The Whig Party and Republican Party have done more to help the Black People in this country than Democrat revisionist history will ever allow you to know. So read about your history and don't just go to the books that the Liberals recommend. What you find will enlighten you as you start to connect the dots.