THE HISTORIC RACISM OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
A Guide for Limeys
BRADLEY K HILLESTAD
1st September, 2020
Slavery became a tradition during the British colonial period in the south in America primarily for the purpose of farming tobacco. However, after about 1750, labour-intensive tobacco farming was no longer profitable and few continued to view slavery positively. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a restrained wolf which would bite when it was released.
It was the invention of the cotton gin by Yankee, Eli Whitney that revived the institution. Southern Democrats began to tout slavery as a positive good that benefitted both slave and master. John C Calhoun, who served in congress from 1811 until 1850, was foremost among these. By the 1820s he advocated for ‘nullification’, the legal theory that states could reject any federal law. He also hinted at secession if this ‘peculiar institution’ of the south were trifled with. The goal of the Whigs, the opposing party, was to contain and eventually eliminate slavery. In 1854 the Republican Party was formed specifically as an anti-slavery party, following the debacle of the Kansas/Nebraska Act that allowed slavery to spread to all states and negated the Missouri Compromise. Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery are well documented in his seven debates of 1858 with Democrat Stephen Douglas.
When Lincoln was elected president in November 1860; eleven states and Indian Territory (the future Oklahoma) kept Mr Calhoun’s promise to secede. The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when South Carolina Militia artillery fired on and forced the surrender of the federal Fort Sumter.
After the defeat of the southern Democrats in the war, a Republican legislature passed the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution abolishing slavery, guaranteeing citizenship and the right to vote regardless of race. These rights were secured by an occupying Union army in the Reconstruction Era until 1877. During the Progressive Era which followed these amendments were largely nullified by Democrats. The case of Plessey v Ferguson (1896) in the Supreme Court forced a railway to make sure whites and blacks had separate cars as it travelled through Louisiana and enforced a doctrine known as ‘separate but equal’. Other Democrat nullifications included Woodrow Wilson’s re-segregation of the entire Washington bureaucracy. The 1924 Democrat convention in New York was dubbed the Klan Bake with parades of hooded delegates marching down the streets. During the 1930s New Deal, the FDR administration collaborated with southern Democrats to segregate the Tennessee Valley Authority and other ‘make work’ jobs programmes. For over 100 years after the Civil War; the democrats regarded the old Confederacy as ‘the solid south’ that was guaranteed to vote overwhelmingly democrat. In addition to this, very significantly, due to New Deal handouts which began in 1933, the 1936 Presidential election saw black voters begin to vote Democrat overwhelmingly. Previous to this they had always voted for the party of Lincoln.
After WWII cracks developed in the Democrat party. Replaced by harvesting equipment, many blacks (and whites) moved north to work in war time factories. This diaspora continued until 1970. This, combined with black veterans returning from a segregated military after WWII, was the beginning of the black Civil Rights Movement. Northern Democrats reasoned that, as blacks were already voting Democrat, they may as well allow them to vote.Southern democrats disagreed and, by 1948, started the Dixiecrat party and ran separate candidates for office. In 1954, the Brown v Board of Education case largely negated Plessey v Ferguson and the southern delegation to Congress wrote and signed The Southern Manifesto in 1956. 99 democrats and 2 republicans signed a manifesto that rejected racial integration.
One of the biggest lies that Democrats tell is of ‘The Big Switch’ when the racist south flipped from overwhelmingly Democrat to overwhelmingly Republican in 1968 due to Nixon’s 'Southern Strategy'. This is easily debunked. In 1952, Republican Dwight Eisenhower won five southern states in the Presidential election, largely due to the split in the Democrat party. In 1956, after he de-segregated the US army and then sent that integrated army into the south to enforce school desegregation, the south showed it’s disapproval by voting a total of eight southern states to Ike. Civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 60s was only necessary because of decades of Democratic constitutional nullification. Democrats consistently opposed and filibustered all of it. Al Gore Sr., J Wm Fulbright (Bill Clinton’s mentor), “Big Jim” Eastland (Joe Biden’s mentor) and Grand Klegel of the Ku Klux Klan, Robert ‘Sheets’ Byrd whom the Democrats kept as their leader of the Senate until 2010. None of these men ever paid a political price within the party for their blatant racism.
In 1968, Nixon won largely because Dixiecrat George Wallace took five southern states and split the vote in several others. His only ‘southern strategy’ was to appeal to young, urban voters. There was nothing overtly nor covertly racist in anything he said. The US was rocked by riots of the first American Cultural Revolution in 1968 whose main complaint was US involvement in fighting communism in South East Asia. Nixon appealed to the silent majority who agreed with traditional American values. In 1972, he won every state but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
Democrat Jimmy Carter won every southern state but Virginia in 1976 but lost all but six of fifty states against Reagan in 1980. Bill Clinton won six states of the old Confederacy in both 1992 and 1996. In 1994, for the first time in history the Republicans gained a slight majority in the congressional delegation in the south. Today the majority is less than 60%. This is nothing like the frequent 90% majority enjoyed by the Democrats from their founding in 1829 until 1994.
Today Democrats promote racist identity politics and try to enforce this racism through their armed wings of Antifa and BLM (instead of the KKK) who demand redistribution of wealth based on race without regard to productivity and continue to nullify our laws through sanctuary cities and states for illegal aliens.
Bradley K Hillestad is a curmudgeonly observer of history from Tomah, Wisconsin