The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

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May 22, 2017

Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? Watch as Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares the inconvenient history of the Democratic Party.

Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, including abolishing slavery.

  • The Democratic Party fought against the abolition of slavery, instigated the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, participated in and promoted lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the mid-20th century.View Source
  • The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party, established to stop the spread of slavery into the new Western territories and ultimately abolish it altogether.View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts And Minds” – Carol SwainView Source

The Ku Klux Klan was formed by southern Democrats to keep African Americans and Republicans out of political power.

  • The KKK was an organization formed by southern Democrats in order to keep African Americans and Republicans out of political power.View Source
  • According to historian Dr. Eric Foner, “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda” – Angela McGlowanView Source

Which political party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the Ku Klux Klan, and imposed segregation? The Democratic Party.

  • The Democratic Party fought against the abolition of slavery, instigated the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, participated in and promoted lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the mid-20th century.View Source
  • The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party, established to stop the spread of slavery into the new Western territories and ultimately abolish it altogether.View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise” – Carol SwainView Source

Southern Democrats sought to block the influence of black voters after the Civil War.

  • Democrats gerrymandered Congressional voting districts to minimize the influence of blacks, allowing Democrats to monopolize power at the state level.View Source
  • According to historian Dr. Eric Foner, “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda” – Angela McGlowanView Source

Inconvenient fact: More Republicans voted in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act than Democrats. 

  • Southern Democrats attempted to filibuster the Civil Rights Act.View Source
  • A total of 80% of Republicans in both houses of Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act. Only 60% of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act.View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise” – Carol SwainView Source

It was the Democratic Supreme Court justices who promoted slavery in the Dredd Scott decision. The Republican justices dissented.  

  • The Dred Scott v Sandford case challenged the then-status-quo that blacks could not be citizens and thus were not protected by constitutional rights.View Source
  • All seven of the Democratic justices voted to deny rights to blacks and promote the pro-slavery agenda in the Dred Scott v Sandford case, and both Republican justices dissented in favor of solidifying rights for blacks.View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts And Minds” – Carol SwainView Source

The Ku Klux Klan operated as a tool for the Democratic Party in the post-Civil War south. Their enemy: Republican and black politicians. 

  • One of the goals of the KKK was to undermine and defeat the Republican Party.View Source
  • According to historian Dr. Eric Foner, “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda” – Angela McGlowanView Source

What did all the justices who voted to promote slavery in the Dredd Scott case have in common? They were all Democrats. 

  • The Dred Scott v Sandford case challenged the then-status-quo that blacks could not be citizens and thus were not protected by constitutional rights.View Source
  • All seven of the Democratic justices voted to deny rights to blacks and promote the pro-slavery agenda in the Dred Scott v Sandford case, and both Republican justices dissented in favor of solidifying rights for blacks.View Source
  • WATCH: Political science professor Carol Swain on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racial discrimination.View Source
  • Related reading: “Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise” – Carol SwainView Source

When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind? The Republicans? Or, the Democrats?

Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect.  

Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, and has a long history of discrimination.

The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.

In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission was to stop the spread of slavery into the new western territories with the aim of abolishing it entirely. This effort, however, was dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court. In the 1857 case Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court ruled that slaves aren’t citizens; they’re property. The seven justices who voted in favor of slavery? All Democrats. The two justices who dissented? Both Republicans.

The slavery question was, of course, ultimately resolved by a bloody civil war. The commander-in-chief during that war was the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln – the man who freed the slaves.

Six days after the Confederate army surrendered, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated President Lincoln. Lincoln’s vice president, a Democrat named Andrew Johnson, assumed the presidency. But Johnson adamantly opposed Lincoln’s plan to integrate the newly freed slaves into the South’s economic and social order.

Johnson and the Democratic Party were unified in their opposition to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment, which gave blacks citizenship; and the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the vote. All three passed only because of universal Republican support.

During the era of Reconstruction, federal troops stationed in the south helped secure rights for the newly freed slaves. Hundreds of black men were elected to southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.

But after Reconstruction ended, when the federal troops went home, Democrats roared back into power in the South. They quickly reestablished white supremacy across the region with measures like black codes – laws that restricted the ability of blacks to own property and run businesses. And they imposed poll taxes and literacy tests, used to subvert the black citizen’s right to vote.

And how was all of this enforced? By terror -- much of it instigated by the Ku Klux Klan, founded by a Democrat, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

As historian Eric Foner - himself a Democrat - notes:

“In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”

President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, shared many views with the Klan. He re-segregated many federal agencies, and even screened the first movie ever played at the White House - the racist film “The Birth of a Nation,” originally entitled “The Clansman.”

A few decades later, the only serious congressional opposition to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 came from Democrats.

Eighty percent of Republicans in Congress supported the bill. Less than 70 percent of Democrats did. Democratic senators filibustered the bill for 75 days, until Republicans mustered the few extra votes needed to break the logjam.

And when all of their efforts to enslave blacks, keep them enslaved, and then keep them from voting had failed, the Democrats came up with a new strategy: If black people are going to vote, they might as well vote for Democrats. As President Lyndon Johnson was purported to have said about the Civil Rights Act, “I’ll have them n*****s voting Democrat for two hundred years.”

So now, the Democratic Party prospers on the votes of the very people it has spent much of its history oppressing.

Democrats falsely claim that the Republican Party is the villain, when in reality it’s the failed policies of the Democratic Party that have kept blacks down. Massive government welfare has decimated the black family. Opposition to school choice has kept them trapped in failing schools.  Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime.

So, when you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party should come to mind?

I’m Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, for Prager University.

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