The Republican Party & Civil Rights

“Constitutional Rights for All Citizens”

The Republican Party has always been the party of Civil Rights. We are the party that passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments over near strong opposition from Democrats. Not a single Democrat in Congress voted for the 15th Amendment to give voting rights to all black Americans. It passed entirely with Republican support. The Republicans advocated voting rights for women before the Democrats. The first woman in Congress and the first woman governor were Republicans. Wyoming elected the first woman governor, Republican Nellie Ross in 1876. All the states that declined to ratify the 19th Amendment were controlled by Democrats.

The Wilmington, North Carolina Insurrection of 1898:

In the 1894 election, a coalition of Republicans and Populists took control of the state legislature and elected a Populist and a Republican to the U.S. Senate. Working together again in the 1896 election, they retained control of the legislature and elected a Republican governor. They enacted reforms that benefited Blacks and working-class whites. In a widely reported speech during the summer of 1898, a Georgia woman, Rebecca Ann Felton, later a Democrat U.S. Senator, openly called for lynching Black men.

Wilmington, the largest city in North Carolina was about 56% black. The city government was controlled by Republicans and Populists that included many black people. On November 10, 1898, Democrats led a mob of 2000 men who killed about 60 blacks and overthrew the city government putting the Democrats in control. The next morning, prominent black and white Republican citizens were marched to the train station, commanded to leave, and told that they would be killed if they returned. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

In the late 1800’s, many Democrat-controlled states passed  “Jim Crow” laws that forced segregation in public places, under-funded black schools, and denied blacks the right to vote.

Meanwhile Republican presidents integrated the US Civil Service, but Democrat president Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), reversed the progress and segregated it. Wilson opposed allowing blacks the right to voted and encouraged the rise of the Ku Klax Klan. By 1924, at least 20,000 Klansmen attended the Democrat National Convention, while none were reported at the Republican Convention.

The examples are endless: In 1957, a Democrat governor of Arkansas (Gov. Faubus) sent in the National Guard to keep black students out of a Little Rock High School and a Republican president (Eisenhower) sent in the 101st U.S. Airborne Division to escort the black students safely in to the school. In Congress, the Republican leader of the Senate (Dirksen) was leading the fight for Civil Rights legislation.   Meanwhile, a US Democrat Senator (Byrd of West Virginia) who was a former local Ku Klux Klan leader, led a 14 hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Three years later, the Democrats rewarded the former Klansman Senator Byrd by making him secretary of the Senate Democrat Caucus. Later he became the Senate Democrat leader. Senator Hillary Clinton said about Byrd, “From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom.”

20 of the 21 Democrat Senators that filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights bill remained Democrats the rest of their lives. In 1976, segregationist George Wallace supported Democrat Jimmy Carter in his presidential campaign.

Today, Democrats support Planned Parenthood which was founded by Margaret Saenger. She said it was her “goal to eliminate the negro population.”  Hillary Clinton was the recipient of the “Margaret Saenger Award” from Planned Parenthood in 2009. Mrs. Clinton accepted the reward saying “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision.” Nancy Pelosi received the award in 2014 saying, “To be associated with the great Margaret Sanger is a distinct privilege.” 

Democrats have rewarded a staunch anti-Semite, Congresswoman Omar,  with a seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee and leftists support discrimination against Asian students applying for college at Harvard, Yale and elsewhere. In California, in 2020, the Democrat legislature placed on the ballot a proposition to repeal the Civil Rights laws that prohibited state and local governments from discriminating based on race. Senator Kamal Harris (now vice-president), strongly supported this proposition. Fortunately, 57% of California voters voted against this racist proposal. Joe Biden promised in January of 2021, that he would give priority in funding his American Rescue Plan based on race, ethnicity, and gender rather than by need.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which will ban the importation of goods made by slave labor in China. However the Biden administration is not supporting this bi-partisan effort. Presidential envoy, John Kerry says the climate issues with China must be prioritized over addressing human rights abuses. Once again, a Democrat president is refusing to oppose slavery.

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