Obama’s Sin of Omission on Civil Rights

Obama just gave a speech on the 150th Anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment.  As usual, he committed the “sin of omission” about who was responsible for passing the Amendment that forever and finally abolished slavery in the United States.

Civil Rights Amendments

As you can see by the chart above, it was a Republican Congress who passed the three most important Civil Rights Amendments in American History. All civil rights legislation are connected to these amendments especially the 14th Amendment which provided for the “equal protect of the laws.” This is what is forgotten by most Americans today especially African-Americans.

Even Harry Reid, former majority leader in the Senate, once announced that the Republican Party was the “party of slavery.” He was quickly corrected because the Democratic Party was the “party of slavery.” It supported slavery and the expansion of slavery. The Republican Party was specifically formed to fight slavery and their first president was Abraham Lincoln.

Although these are well-known facts found in any American history texts, somehow the lesson was never learned by the majority of Americans.  It was Eisenhower, a Republican president, who enforced the desegregation of schools after the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown vs Topeka. Fighting him the whole way was the Democratic Party led by such segregationist as J. Strom Thurmond and George Wallace. Thurmond was instrumental in forming the minority southern Democratic States’ Rights Party in 1948 to block civil rights legislation.  Again, it is in the history books.

So if you have African-American friends, give them a history lesson about who really championed civil rights. Yes, the Democrats passed some laws in the 1960’s but the laws were not opposed by Republicans. The laws were based on the Republican sponsored 14th and 15th Amendments.

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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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