Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past

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.

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5 thoughts on “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past

  1. Hung up on Labels, January 19, 2008
    By Robert Roser “Virginia Welsh”

    Mr Bartlett is hung up on labels, in this case “Democrat”. He forgets that time has moved on and all these people, who should be more appropriately called “Dixiecrats” have all become Republicans (as a former Bush & Reagan, man he misleads as enormously as Larry Craigs wide stance excuse). When Mr. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill he said he had just lost the South for a generation. More like several generations. All of the fireeating segregationists became Republicans. The most current review of the civil rights voting records in Congress gives an “F” to all but two Republicans. Senator Sessions of Alabama, a Republican, got a zero percent. “Liberals” like Trent Lott and Bill Frist got 4 percent. Former Dixiecrat Senator Byrd, who has changed his attitudes and beliefs, got 100 percent. Senator Lott stated on several occasions that the spirit of Jefferson Davis is alive and well in the Republican Party. You cannot be the Party of Lincoln and the Party of Davis. No tent is that big.

  2. The Democrats learned how to demagogue on race for a century. They made it an art form of their political expression. Somewhere between 1968 and 1972 they shifted the objects of the scorn, once reserved for race only, to other identity politics.

    Better to divide and conquer with the group identity, than face the failures of their ideas about economics, foreign affairs, and almost every issue plank in a Democrat political platform.

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