Confederate Flag, Democrats and African-American Civil Rights

Today, June 10, 2015 the Confederate flag was lowered from the capital. What I find most interesting is how African-Americans don’t know the history behind the flag and how they perpetuated it being flown above the South Carolina capital. Yep, they perpetuated the continued flying of the Confederate flag.

What commonality exists between slavery, segregation, Jim Crow Laws, George Wallace, and the KKK? They were all supported by Democrats.

Americans don’t know their own history. Most Americans are ignorant about who did what and why in American History. So when African-Americans continue to vote for members of the Democratic Party, they are voting for the political party that defended slavery and against the political party, Republicans, that was formed as an anti-slavery party. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican not a Democrat. This is History 101.

During and after the Civil War, the Republicans were responsible for the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments being added to the Constitution. Contrary to what most Americans believe, the Emancipation Proclamation did not abolish slavery. There was the Three-Fifths Compromise which resulted in slavery being written into the Constitution so the only way to legally abolish it was through the 13th Amendment.

Prior to the Civil War slaves were considered property and not citizens of the US despite being born here. The 14th Amendment made African-Americans citizens and granted them the “equal protection of the laws.” Those five words are the foundation for all of the pro civil rights cases that have been decided by the Supreme Court.

The 15th Amendment stated that the new African-American citizens could not be denied the right the right to vote. When Democrats started to regain power in the southern state legislatures, they imposed voting restrictions on the African-American population through literacy tests, grandfather clause and poll taxes. These remained in place until the Warren Court started to reverse these restrictions.

From 1876 through the 1960’s, southern whites consistently voted for the pro-segregation Democratic Party creating what was called the “Solid South.” When the Supreme Court started integration beginning with the case of Brown vs Topeka southern legislatures and governors like George Wallace resisted integration.

In 1957 Democratic Governor Faubus of Arkansas blocked the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School by using the state’s National Guard. Republican President Eisenhower countered by ordering federal paratroopers to enforce the court’s integration order at Little Rock.

Resistance to African-American civil rights continued unabated. The KKK, which had been suppressed by Republicans after the Civil War, fought civil rights through violence.
Then during the Lyndon Johnson presidency, he got Congress to pass a series of measures that looked good like the voting rights bill; however, it was passed because of Martin Luther King’s civil rights campaign that called attention to the long standing civil rights violations of the 14th and 15th Amendments. It was King’s work which changed the mood of the nation and pushed public opinion to want these changes. It was only then that many Democrats jumped on the civil rights bandwagon. Other Democrats like Strom Thurmond continued their resistance.

African-Americans forgot how they got their civil rights. They have turned their backs on the political party which was responsible for ending slavery and fighting for their civil rights before Martin Luther king, Jr. It began with the foundation established by the Republican Party not the Democratic Party. It received the final push through the actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his cohorts who galvanized the nation to rewrite injustices. The Democrats resisted but finally gave in and then claimed credit for the African-American civil rights. None of the civil rights enjoyed by African-Americans today would have been possible if it were not for the Republicans voting for the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Unfortunately, African-Americans have forgotten their own history. They have been supporting the political party which has tried its best to subject and oppress them.

Fifty years ago the Confederate flag was hoisted about the capital of South Carolina by Democrats. Today it was taken down by a Republican governor which is right and just.


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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