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The Racist History of the Democratic Party 1864-2020

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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022 - 19:09

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that 
all slaves in areas still in rebellion on January 1, 1863, “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” 

This declaration did not have the weight of law and to make permanent his goal of freeing slaves Lincoln sought a 
Constitutional amendment to end slavery. When the House voted on the amendment on June 15, 1864, 
it garnered 93 votes, 13 short of the two-thirds majority required for passage. The Constitutional Amendment to end 
slavery failed because only four Democrats broke ranks to vote in the amendment’s favor.

When a second vote on the amendment was taken on January 31, 1865 the measure passed. 
16 Democrats voted to end slavery, 56 voted to preserve slavery. 


Woodrow Wilson a Democrat and President from 1913-1921 was a segregationist who had written a history textbook 
praising the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan. As President during World War I he resegregated the 
military services and some of the civil service.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2015/11/20/9766896/woodrow-wils…

While housing discrimination has always existed the FDR administration made housing discrimination against 
blacks Federal government policy. He did this by constructing redline maps which prevented the government from purchasing
mortgages in or near African-American Neighborhoods. This become better known with the 2017 publication of
"The Color Of Law" by Richard Rothstein.  

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/526655831/a-forgotten-history-of-how-the…

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/17/528822128/the-color-of-law-details-how-u…

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/upshot/how-redlinings-racist-effects…

After the attack on Pearl Harbor Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese Americans.  This was challenged and 
upheld by the Supreme Court. Justice Murphy of the Supreme Court expressed the following opinion:
"detention in Relocation Centers of persons of Japanese ancestry regardless of loyalty is not only unauthorized by 
Congress or the Executive but is another example of the unconstitutional resort to racism inherent in the entire 
evacuation program."

When in 1957 President Eisenhower sent troops into Little Rock to desegrate schools he was opposed by Democratic governor 
Orval Faubus who sent Arkansas National Guard to stop African Americans from attending Little Rock Central 
High School. Democratic Governor George Wallace did something similar in Alabama in 1963.  

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/eisenhower-intervenes-in-l…

https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/press-past/2013/06/11/george-wallace-…


Some of the most powerful members of the Senate such as Robert Byrd were Democrats and racists. 
Byrd was a Senator until 2010. In his early years in West Virginia Byrd had been a KKK member and had 
recruited members, Later Byrd called his KKK affiliation “an Extraordinarily foolish mistake” 

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2010/06/30/byrds-kkk-hi…

The first post-Reconstruction Civil Right act was passed in 1957 when Eisenhower was President. 
Attorney General Herbert Brownell  drafted the legislative proposal that ultimately became the 
Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first civil rights law that was enacted since 1875. His proposal it was weakened 
by the US Senate. This despite Democrat Senator Strom Thurmond's 57-day filibuster.  Another Senator participating in the 
filibuster was Al Gore, Sr. All 18 votes against this in the Senate were Democrats.

Eisenhower's Attorney General Herbert Brownell  drafted the legislative proposal that ultimately became the 
Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first civil rights law that was enacted since 1875. His proposal it was weakened by the US Senate.

https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the-civil-rights-movement-in-amer…

In 1975 Senator Joe Biden sponsored a successful bill that prohibited the use of federal funds for busing.
Biden's anti-busing views were highlighted by then candidate Kamala Harris in the 2019 debates. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/politics/biden-busing.html

In a 1977 congressional hearing, Biden had this to say about school busing "‘Unless we do something about this, 
my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high 
that it is going to explode at some point." 

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112104078842&view=1up&seq…

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/politics/biden-busing.html

“What it says is, in order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes and dark skin to be able to learn 
anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son. That’s racist! Who the hell do we think 
we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?”

-  Joe Biden from a 1975 interview on school busing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transcript-of-then-sen-biden-s-interview…
https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-opposed-quotas-in-1975and-he-was-rig…
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/28/us/politics/joe-biden-busing-kamala-…

"This NYT article of July 15, 2019 expresses the view that Biden did not change his views on school busing until 
he realized it was a liability to his getting elected.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/politics/biden-busing.html


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