In 2008, I didn’t know that changing political parties would be so “life-changing” but it has been. I have found that the real history of the United States, which is not taught in school systems across the country misses out on one major unique fact. The GOP was once revered in black households. It stood for pulling your self up by your bootstraps, making it on your own, being responsible for personal decisions and taking care of family.
That all went out the window when the black community decided to back the Democratic Party during the mid-60s and beyond. Some say it was because of Nixon embracing the Southern Strategy (which was made popular by republican turned democrat political analyst Kevin Phillips) who wrote about Southern Racists being welcome into the Republican Party.
Let’s hit a fact real quick.
This is the same Richard Nixon that pushed and supported the 1957 Civil Rights Act. This is the same Richard Nixon that authored Affirmative Action correct? All that was tossed out the window because he wanted to reach out to young democratic voters in the south who wanted to leave their racist way of thinking.
Logic doesn’t play to the Democratic side now does it?
Remember this if you don’t remember anything else. Democrats don’t play to lose, they play to win, damn the truth!
Sure the Democrats were the party of Jim Crow. Sure they lynched, burned, destroyed blacks and jews way of living. Sure they had a white President to screen the KKK anthem film “Birth of a Nation” to invigorate the organization that had just about died. Sure, the Democrats voted against Civil Rights Legislation and changed their website to state they supported Civil Rights for over 200 years.
Did you know that as the South became less racist, it became more republican? Now how does that figure? If racist democrats joined the Republican Party, why didn’t the south stay racist as they were in the 50s and 60s? Surely, something is wrong here.
To change things, the GOP has to start over with black America, retelling its story using spokespeople with enough “street cred” to sell it. The GOP can win the battle of ideas, can become the party of hope, growth and opportunity for everyone, but it will take a lot more than platitudes from Washington to make people believe it.