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Recently, on MSNBC's Facebook page, I read a post from a guy stating why Republicans and Black people are "natural allies." He calmly stated his point, citing the Democratic Party's terrible track record with slavery and civil rights. However, like most conservatives and fans of revisionist history, his comments included a denial that the Southern Strategy ever happened. Rather than respond point for point, I just responded with the following, and this will be my official response when someone either states that the Democrats are still the party that supports slavery, that the Southern Strategy never happened, and/or the Republicans are the party of civil and human rights.
If you believe that the Democrats that supported slavery are the same Democrats today, then there's probably nothing that I can say to convince you otherwise. However, here are some facts to consider:
1. If you ask any white supremacist, racist, or member of any Aryan groups if they align themselves with the party that has an African-American with the middle name of Hussein as their standard bearer, their answers might surprise you. And, ask them if they align themselves with a party that supports things such as marriage equality, wage equality, affirmative action, and the like.
2. Upon the election of President Obama, which party felt that it was no problem mailing out racist mailers, such as those with the White House covered in watermelons, or the President's face on a bucket of chicken?
3. Regarding the horrors of slavery that the Republicans back then fought against: Which party today is crying the loudest about the removal of the Confederate flag from government institutions, such as the South Carolina State Capitol? And which party is trying its best to preserve "heritage not hate" regarding the Confederate flag? And let me know if you want to defend the "heritage" of the Confederate flag. If you do, since you're well-versed in history, you will want to include such things as the Cornerstone Speech by the Vice President of the Confederacy, and the words of the Confederate flag's designer - all of which supported white supremacy and the subjugation of Africans in America.
4. Let's look at Voting Rights. Yes, the Republicans back then fought in favor of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But when the conservative-leaning Supreme Court decimated this landmark legislation, as yourself this: Which party TODAY celebrated by passing draconian "voter ID laws" that reminded Civil Rights stalwarts such as John Lewis of the time before this legislation was passed? And which party today is now fighting to have this legislation restored?
You may have convinced yourself that there was no ideological switch between the parties, but history, facts, and the modern ideals of both parties say otherwise.
And lastly, which party TODAY has pundits that tell Black people that we ought to be THANKFUL for the horrors of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade? The key to answering this question is by Googling "Jesse Lee Peterson."
Edited to add the following regarding GOP Presidential Front-Runner, one Donald J. Trump
If you really believe that the Republicans are the party of civil rights, and that the Democrats are the party of racists, then ask yourself this:
In recent memory, when was the last time that someone felt comfortable enough to yell "White Power" and pass out racist literature at a Democratic Party Presidential candidate's rally? Because that certainly DID happen at Donald Trump's rally.
Edited again, because the hits just keep on coming.
One more thing to my conservative brothers and sisters. If the Democrats are the pro-slavery party, when was the last time a liberal media host talked about slavery? And you know where this is going.
A conservative Iowa radio host, who is supposedly an Iowa king-maker for the Republicans (think Karl Rove on a local level), offered a unique solution to the immigration problem. If they don't leave, they become property of the state. Property. PROPERTY. In other words, under this guy's plan, immigrants who don't leave become SLAVES. And he thinks that idea is just peachy-keen.