If you are looking to cleanse America from symbols of oppression, look no further than the Democratic Party. “The association of the Democratic Party with segregation, racism, and oppression is long and deep,” Francis Menton reminds readers in his Manhattan Contrarian.
With our country now engaged in, well, not a civil war, per se, but rather an“orgy of banishing whatever can be identified as ‘symbols of oppression’ from the past,” perhaps it is time to revisit the the Democratic Party’s odious history. What reason is there to forgive their previous failures, never mind their present ones–Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, each a cesspool of “poverty, violence and government control.”
- In 1898, Democrats in North Carolina defined themselves as the “white man’s party,” proclaiming C. to be a “WHITE MAN’s state and WHITE MEN will rule it ” . . .
- Woodrow Wilson–the great progressive icon– segregated the formerly integrated civil service in the federal government. “Wilson provides a treasure trove of racist quotations.”
“The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation—until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”
“Segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.”
And yes, W.W.’s name is all over Princeton University.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his bid for the presidency, “gladly accepted the support of Southern segregationists.” He also appointed ex Ku Klux Klansman and Alabama Democratic Senator Hugo Black to the Supreme Court. “Black went on to write the Supreme Court opinion in 1944 upholding the confinement of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps during World War II.”
- Robert Byrd, Democratic senator of West Virginia for over 50 years, was “a Grand Cyclops in the KKK, head of a chapter and active in recruiting.”
In a letter to the Grand Wizard of the Klan in 1946, Mr. Byrd wrote, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.”
“In the 1960s, Byrd was a leader of the filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
Read Francis Menton’s full article here.