By Vince Danet….VI Republican leader and member of the VI GOP Territorial Committee:
To me this question displays a definite failure of our educational system to teach relevant history, a failure of individuals to ask the right questions and get the facts about important issues, while relying too much on emotional, quick-fix marketing appeal and sound bites to make life decisions. The reasonable question to ask is: How can any minority be a Democrat? This topic is sure to stir the pot and upset sensibilities in this forum; in any case, here are just a few verifiable facts.
Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, the Republican Party surpassed the Whig Party, in the United States, as the principal opposition to the Democratic Party. Black Abolitionist Frederick Douglass attended the founding meeting and became a Republican. The party came to power, in 1860, with the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States. The very same President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation resulting in the Juneteeth celebrations still celebrated today in black communities.
Republicans fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to abolish slavery (13th Amendment), grant citizenship to former slaves (14th Amendment), and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, fairer to blacks. Back in those days Republicans were called “radicals”.
Did you know that it was Republicans who started the NAACP in 1909?
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson perceived his presidency as an opportunity to correct history, and to restore whites to unambiguous supremacy. His White House had not only approved of the South’s discriminatory practices, but implemented them in the federal government. Black managers were demoted or fired, even those with many years of service and no white could report to a black manager.
Democrats, from 1870 to 1930 used fraud, whippings, lynching, murder, intimidation, and mutilation to get the black vote, and passed the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, which legalized racial discrimination and denied blacks their rights as citizens. It took four direct Supreme Court orders to end the Democrat’s “white primary” system, literacy tests, poll taxes, and after that, it took countless additional orders, several acts of Congress, and a constitutional amendment to tear down the Jim Crow codes that oppressed blacks for decades beyond the final Supreme Court order ruling them officially unconstitutional.
Did you know it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities?
The first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was honored at the 1868 Democratic National Convention, no Democrats voted for the 14th Amendment to grant citizenship to former slaves. The Democrat National Convention of 1924, in New York, was host to one of the largest Klan gatherings in American history. It was called the “Klan Bake Convention” and ended with a cross burning.
It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent federal troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools.
The 1964 Civil Rights Act bill came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964 and Democrats launched a 54 day filibuster to prevent its passage. Here’s the 1964 Civil Rights Act voting record for the final version. House Democrats (63% for and 37% against), House Republicans (80% for and 20% against). Senate Democrats (69% for and 31% against), Senate Republicans (82% for and 18% against). Most Democrats from the Southern states opposed the bill, including Senators Albert Gore Sr. (D-TN), and Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, a known KKK member, personally filibustered against the ’64 CRA for 14 hours and 13 minutes.
Here’s the 1965 Voting Rights Act voting record for the final version. House Democrats (75% for and 25% against), House Republicans (82% for and 18% against). Senate Democrats (64% for and 36% against), Senate Republicans (97% for and 3% against). A 25-year extension was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006.
Republican President Richard Nixon instituted the first Affirmative Action program in 1969 with the Philadelphia Plan that established goals and timetables.
Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004, blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 Welfare Reform Law, which was vetoed twice by Democrat President Clinton before he finally signed it. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose roughly $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).
Ignoring the pleas of black students, the current administration terminated the school choice program in the District of Columbia in the 2011 budget, sending impoverished children back into the failed DC public school system where they are not even being taught to read, write and do simple math. This lack of basic skills needed for employment and prosperity provides the toxic fuel for the deplorable conditions in black inner-city communities. School truancy and black-on-black crime, ranging from rape, car-jacking, drug-trafficking, theft and murder. Seventy-percent of black babies are born out of wedlock, the school drop-out rate is over fifty-percent and the unemployment rate is an incredible seventeen-percent. As you review the situation in our US Virgin Islands, do you see any similarities?
Undoubtedly, the disgraceful situation in black neighborhoods is the direct result of the disastrous socialist policies of Democrats who have been running those communities for the past 60 years. Even more contemptible is the fact that Democrats have built their power base on the backs of poor blacks and readily engage in the despicable practice of race-baiting and victim mongering to win elections. The suspicious voting irregularities in the disputed 2000 presidential election were all from Democrat run Florida counties.
While the Democrats are busily catering to teachers’ unions for partisan political gain, black parents are frantically trying to elevate the worth of their children’s education. A mother in Ohio, Kelley Williams-Bolar who got her daughters into a quality school outside of her district of residence, was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced because she did not comply with the strict letter of the law. Her crime was described as “theft of educational services”. Sadly, this desperate act by a loving mother, which resulted in her being deemed a criminal, demonstrates clearly that black parents do, indeed, want their children to be well-educated. Imagine that, going to jail & losing the chance of getting her teacher’s license over trying to get her kids properly educated.
Martin Luther King, Jr was a Republican, registered in 1956. President Ronald Reagan made King’s birthday a national holiday. Melvin Evans was the first elected governor of the Virgin Islands. Hiram Rhodes Revels (R-MS) was the first black U.S. Senator in 1870. Blanche Bruce (R-MS) was the first elected black Senator in 1875. Some other distinguished black republicans are Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, A. Phillip Randolph, Jackie Robinson, Carter G. Woodson, George Washington Carver, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sammy Davis, Jr, Denzel Washington, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Lynn Swann and J.C. Watts. There are many more, but the list is too long for this forum. Republicans George Bush, Sr and Jr, tapped and entrusted black people with Secretary of State, the most powerful cabinet posts on the planet, namely Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice. I’m proud to be associated with such a group of achievers.
President George W. Bush appointed more blacks to high-level positions than any president in history and he spent record money education, job training and health care to help black Americans prosper.
The Democratic Party is on record opposing school vouchers, opposing school prayer, and continues to take the black vote for granted without ever acknowledging their racist past or apologizing for trying to expand slavery, lynching blacks and passing the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that caused great harm to blacks. In my opinion, even today, Democrats, in pursuit of their agenda, are successfully keeping many blacks angry, poorly educated, dependent on government, and ignorant of history. Do the research, and avoid the emotion, empty promises, and hype; you will find that Democrats have been for slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism, in that order.
If you are a Democrat, have you asked yourself why? It’s easy for me to be a Republican because their principles match my personal value system. I encourage you to free your mind… because the facts presented here are easily verifiable and are very stubborn things to overcome. When you’ve objectively done that, I’ll be the first to welcome you home… to the Republican Party.