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Reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy

Posted in Afrosphere, Liberalism, NBRA, Politics, Racism by Karmi on July 13, 2008

The Democratic Party and their agenda of Revisionism (Negationism), i.e. their Modus Operandi of revising/altering historical facts in order that it reflects upon them Positively, and reflects upon their opponents Negatively.

Wikipedia puts it this way: “Historical revisionism” (also but less often in English “negationism”), as used in this article, describes the process that attempts to rewrite history by minimizing, denying or simply ignoring essential facts. Perpetrators of such attempts to distort the historical record often use the term because it allows them to cloak their illegitimate activities with a phrase which has a legitimate meaning.

Recently, in order to correct the Democrats’ revising/altering of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy, the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) started putting up billboards that said:

Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Republican

Well, you can imagine the uproar that those billboards started, when the Democrats saw them. I didn’t see much coverage by the Democrats’ MSM, but the Leftists parts of the blogosphere were outraged. They called the NBRA and black Republicans every nasty name in the book, and then some. “LIARS!” was the most common description used, with demands that the NBRA “Prove It!” That “Prove It!” response caught my attention, i.e. it seemed as if the Democrats didn’t have any proof to dispute what the NBRA was saying. The NBRA waited to respond…then recently, they offered up the following:

In her article, “A Covenant With Life: Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy”, MLK’s niece, Dr. Alveda C. King, affirms that her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican

A Covenant With Life: Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy

By Dr. Alveda C. King – Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In light of the emergence of a black man as a presidential contender this election season, we might do well to take note that it is not the political party or the man, but the message that is imperative.

A brief history lesson can reveal how we got to a place of looking to man instead of God for answers. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy defeated sitting Vice President Richard Nixon in the bid to become president. The black vote swung the tide!

My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., or “Daddy King”, was a Republican and father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a Republican.

Daddy King influenced a reported 100,000 black voters to cast previously Republican votes for Senator Kennedy even though Kennedy had voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law. Mrs. King had appealed to Kennedy and Nixon to help her husband, and Nixon who had voted for the 1957 Civil Rights Law did not respond. At the urging of his advisors, Kennedy made a politically calculated phone call to Mrs. King, who was pregnant at the time, bringing the attention of the nation to Dr. King’s plight.

Moved by Mrs. King’s gratitude for Senator Kennedy’s intervention, Daddy King was very grateful to Senator Kennedy for his assistance in rescuing Dr. King, Jr. from a life threatening jail encounter. This experience led to a black exodus from the Republican Party. Thus, this one simple act of gratitude caused black America to quickly forget that the Republican Party was birthed in America as the antislavery party to end the scourge of slavery and combat the terror of racism and segregation. They quickly forgot that the Democratic Party was the party of the Ku Klux Klan.

Forgotten was the fact that it was the Republicans who started the HBCU’s and the NAACP to stop the Democrats from lynching blacks. Into the dust bin of history was tossed the fact that it was the Republicans led by Republican Senator Everett Dirksen who pushed to pass the civil rights laws in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968.

Removed from memory are the facts that it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil rights commission in 1958, and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation.

Meanwhile Democrats in Congress were still fighting to prevent the passage of new civil rights laws that would overturn those discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that had been enacted by Democrats in the South.

No one batted an eye when President Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King. Hardly a ripple of protest was uttered when President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated on suspicion of being a Communist.

Little attention was paid to the fact that it was a Democrat, Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Conner, who in 1963 turned dogs and fire hoses on Dr. King and other civil rights protestors. No one noted that it was a Democrat, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox, who waved ax handles to stop blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Nor was heed paid to the fact that it was a Democrat, Alabama Governor George Wallace, who stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered: “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” None of those racist Democrats became Republicans.

During this time of turmoil, completely forgotten was the fact that it was Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus who in 1954 had blocked desegregation of a Little Rock public school. To their eternal shame, the chief opponents of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act were Democrats Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd, a former Klansman. All of the racist Democrats that Dr. King was fighting remained Democrats until the day they died. How can anyone today think that Dr. King, my uncle, would have joined the party of the KKK?

There is a law of unexpected outcomes. Who could have predicted that the black exodus from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in the 1960’s would have also ushered in decades of destruction which continue to plague our communities today?

That’s certainly not the history that the Democratic Party pushes today! To hear them tell it, they saved the African-Americans from the “Racist Republicans.”

With one “politically calculated phone call to Mrs. King” from Presidential candidate Kennedy – October 1960 – the African-American vote shifted even more to the Democrats. Nixon was the Republican Presidential candidate. Today, African-American voters claim that it was Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” tactics that caused them to shift to the Democrats. Not true! Nixon didn’t use the Southern Strategy tactic until 1968! That’s eight years after the African-American vote had already shifted, and eight years after the African-American vote gave the 1960 election to Kennedy. BTW, in 1963, President Kennedy paid Dr. King back, by having him wiretapped and investigated.”

Southern Strategy:

Kevin Phillips – 1970 interview:

“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that… but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.””

African-Americans were leaving the Republican Party, and by 1968, those voters needed to be replaced…some way, after that ‘back-stabbing’. Republicans were the ones pushing for civil rights, and even with the “black exodus”, the Republicans remained supportive of civil rights. The theory was, blacks have left our party, but let’s keep pushing for civil rights…we’ll use the “Negrophobe whites” for votes, and keep them away from the “local Democrats.”

Southern Strategy:

Wikipedia puts it this way: “Historical revisionism” (also but less often in English “negationism”), as used in this article, describes the process that attempts to rewrite history by minimizing, denying or simply ignoring essential facts. Perpetrators of such attempts to distort the historical record often use the term because it allows them to cloak their illegitimate activities with a phrase which has a legitimate meaning.

It works! Ignore the “essential facts”, and use an illegitimate phrase like – Southern Strategy, and you have African-American voters lining up for you, for decades. Eight years of history totally forgotten…totally gone from the numb brains of the Democratic supporters. The black exodus from the Republican Party actually started in 1960. Here is what was actually going on back a-r-o-u-n-d 1960:

The Civil Rights Act of 1960:

In 1959 the Eisenhower administration presented a civil rights bill to Congress which, among other things, extended the life of the Civil Rights Commission and gave the U.S. attorney general the power to inspect state and local voting records in elections for U.S. Government offices.

Following consideration by the House Judiciary Committee, President Eisenhower’s 1959 civil rights proposal ran into a stone wall of opposition in the House Rules Committee. The chairman of the House Rules Committee, Representative Howard Smith of Virginia, would disappear from Washington for long periods of time when a bill he disliked was supposed to be under consideration by his committee. With the Rules Committee chairman absent, no action could be taken on the bill in question. When the 1957 civil rights bill came before his committee, Chairman Smith left town for his Virginia farm because, he said, his dairy barn had caught fire and burned down. He went back to the farm again in 1959, arguing that his dairy cattle were sick and needed him close by.

Who was Howard Smith?

Democratic U.S. Congressman Howard Worth Smith:

An opponent of racial integration, Smith used his power as Rules Committee chairman to keep much civil rights legislation from even coming to a vote on the House floor.

A Republican President, Republican Congressmen, were trying to promote civil rights legislation, and Democrat Howard Smith was busy holding up the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and later the Civil Rights Act of 1964. BTW, Senator John F. Kennedy joined the racist Democrat Smith by voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Jim Crow laws

The Jim Crow laws, often referred to as a system or legal state as the Jim Crow or mainly Jim Crow, were state and local laws enacted primarily but not exclusively in the Southern and border states of the United States between 1876 and 1965.

Reconstruction ended in 1877, when the federal Army withdrew from the South, followed, in each Southern state, by a white, Democratic Party Redeemer government that legislated Jim Crow laws segregating Black people from the state’s population.

President Woodrow Wilson, a Southern Democrat, furthered the segregation of Washington, despite much protest. Mr. Wilson appointed Southern politicians who were segregationists, because of his sincere belief that racial segregation was in the best interest of Black Americans and White Americans alike.

African-Americans deserted the Republican Party for the racist Democratic Party?! African-Americans deserted the Republican Party for the racist Democratic Party?! Read the rest of Dr. Alveda King’s article, and see her opinion of what has happened since “the black exodus from the Republican Party”, in 1960.

In summation – Dr. Alveda King said it best:

Into the dust bin of history was tossed the fact that it was the Republicans led by Republican Senator Everett Dirksen who pushed to pass the civil rights laws in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968.

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