When the Democratic Party was real, not what it is today, “Progressive”, it fought desegregation tooth and nail up until the administration of JFK and LBJ. The liberal state of Massachusetts and the great liberal city of Boston was the last state and one of the last cities to integrate. Lawsuits were filed against the federal government, demonstrations and protests held, threats were made and everything humanly possible was done to stop black kids from stepping foot in a white school. This was long after the South had successfully integrated. But today the Progressives will tell you a far different story.
On the other hand Republicans, before they became Republicans, fought against slavery and for equal rights for blacks. They were in the forefront of the abolitionist movement. They created the first schools for former slaves and fought for their right to vote and to earn decent wages. They fought for equal education opportunities. That is why Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. I can remember when there were all white schools and all black schools. The black schools got the hand-me-down books and supplies from white schools. The white schools got everything new, including school houses, while the “Negros” got the old ramshackle buildings. When blacks, or should I be politically correct and say, Afro-Americans, were allowed to vote, the Democrats instituted a Poll Tax to make it harder for blacks, who were economically depressed, to vote. Even tests were administered so uneducated blacks could not vote.
I can remember parades in my hometown where men donned KKK hoods and marched down main street. Bands played and people cheered. It was a big event, city and county officials, members of the police and sheriff’s department donned their pointed hats and hoods and marched with pride. They were Democrats. The Republican party was non-existent in Florida, in fact the whole South was solid Democratic. To be a Republican was to be a “nigger”lover.
Today none of the things I mentioned are recognized by the Democratic/Progressive/Socialist Party. They will tell you otherwise. They will tell you that the Republicans are the racist, that cops are racist, that veterans and military personnel are racist and that whites in general are racist. If you disagree politically or socially you are a racist. If you believe in the original intent of the Constitution, then you are a racist. If you believe that marriage should be between a man and a women, then you are a racist. If you believe in separate restrooms and showers for little boys and girls, then you are a racist. If you believe in protecting our borders, then you are a racist. If you voted for Trump you are absolutely a racist, at the least you are a deplorable person. Of course they use other names like Homophobic, Islamophobic, and Misogynist to belittle and create a false narrative. All of the above names do apply to some people regardless of political persuasion, even Democratic/Progressives, but the left would have you believe they only apply to the Republicans, especially the Conservative side of the party. Many on the far right are racist, just like many on the far left are anarchist.
Today there is a new racism in America. Racism is now accepted on college campuses, although it is not called racism, but that is exactly what it is. Many colleges and universities are holding separate graduation ceremonies for black students, including Harvard. Some are holding separate commencements for blacks, Hispanics, and other minority groups so they wont have to share the stage with white students. According to the Boston Globe Columbia University holds six separate events, one for Whites, one for Blacks, one for Asian, one for LGBT, one for Latinos and one for “First Generation” students, whatever the heck that is. Virginia’s Emory and Henry College is holding “Year-end Ceremonies” with designated events for LGBT students.
This is neo-segregation. It is the new racism! They do not embrace the teaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the more radical Malcolm X who both proclaimed that we should respect each other’s cultures and beliefs, that we should integrate and live together as Americans instead of separating ourselves into categories. They believed in assimilation. It is now just the opposite. Young people today are being taught that diversity is bad, that it is wrong, that everyone should be classified into different groups. A new caste system has emerged. The definition of civil rights is being re-written to mean something completely different than what Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders taught. It is not about diversity at all. It is not about inclusion, it is not about coming together as Americans for the greater good and cause. It is about rejecting the white race and making anything white a symbol of oppression. To be white is to be shameful for the wrongs committed in the past. With that kind of thinking I suppose that today’s German citizens should be held accountable for the murder of 6 million Jews by Hitler 75 years ago. Jews, therefore should be treated differently, they should have more privileges.
Racism is more prominent now than it was eight years ago. Although not perfect, black/white relations was at an all time high before Obama took office, although the left would have you to believe it started with the emergence of Donald Trump. Now, today, it has regressed, and it started during the Obama era with the tall tale that Michael Brown, the bully and thief, was shot and killed by a racist cop while Brown was holding his hands up in surrender. It escalated from there. Even members of the House and Senate raised their arms high in solidarity with the misinformed and ignorant saying that Brown had been killed intentionally by a white Missouri racist cop. This, after the truth was well known. The truth after all should not get in the way of an agenda.
And then Obama took the side of a black university professor against a white cop who was called to his home to investigate a break-in. Obama accused him of racial profiling without knowing the circumstances. The mainstream media helped to advance this and the Michael Brown lie over and over, even after the truth came out. Even before Michael Brown Obama started dividing Americans by pitting the haves against the have-nots with his Social Justice and wealth redistribution doctrine, the Christians and First Amendment advocates with his “Clinging to their guns and religion” comment, and comparing radicals and terrorist with members of the conservative Tea Party movement, who were actually peaceful. On the other hand he later embraced Black Lives Matter and the radical Occupy Wall Street protesters who destroyed property and advocated violence.
White people in America have done plenty to suppress the black man. The Supreme Court ruled that “Separate but Equal” was Constitutional. Jim Crow was acceptable, even in the North. The Supreme Court also ruled that a slave was property, like cattle, and was not a man with Constitutional rights. Afro-Americans have been treated unfairly there is no question about it. They have been made to walk through the back door, sit in separate sections in the movie theater, sit in different waiting rooms, drink out of different water fountains, barred from restaurants, barred from attending white schools and universities, unfairly kept out of good jobs, and paid a portion of what whites earned. In other words they were discriminated against. White folks should not try to deny it ever happened, they should not try to cover it up or dismiss it.
On the other hand Confederate dead should not be dishonored. Statues should not be torn down and history rewritten. It should be remembered for what it is. It should be recognized as a part of our history to show how wrong it was to enslave fellow human beings. Slavery happened, lynching happened, discrimination happened in all forms. Things were unfair for the black man for a very long time. That cannot be changed, but the future can be. Great progress has been made to make things equal for all, but we still have some improvements to be made in all areas. Neo-segregation is pushing that progress backward. There has not been this much racial division since the days of the riots in the 1960s.
If the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr. was followed today, racial disparity would be at its lowest point in history. I have no doubt about that whatsoever. Unfortunately it will not improve as long as this new social order is preached and is allowed to fester and become an acceptable part of our society. If it is accepted as the norm then we are right back where we started.