Yesterday, the Democrats held a Democrats-ONLY event at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the legacy of... a Republican.
.... Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (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 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon’s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation’s fist goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.
Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing....
There was no mention yesterday of the fact that the original 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King was organized by yet another black Republican -- A. Phillip Randolph.
[Update: The Husband points out that the location itself honors a Republican... Abraham Lincoln!]
Are the Democrats really moving our country
I would feel a lot more secure about the direction of this nation had we seen black Republicans on the stage yesterday -- black Republicans who share not just the party affiliation and skin tones of Martin Luther King, Jr., but also his emphasis on character.