In 1957, Sen. Lyndon Johnson declared, “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”
My friend Bruce Bartlett addresses the history of racism in the Donkey Party in his latest book, Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, which hits the stores on January 8. You can read more here.