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What the Rev. Perryman points out in this book is that for over a hundred years from 1854 to 1964 the Republican Party was the sole champion of emancipation, of equal rights for blacks, of putting an end to racial segregation, and of anti lynching laws; while the Democrats recipitated and fought a civil war to preserve slavery, enacted and enforced the Jim Crow laws that created the segregated South, and invented and repeatedly used the Senate filibuster to block the enactment of anti lynching bills introduced by Republicans.
Like many African Americans, Perryman said he voted Democrat most of his life and assumed that Democrats represented the black community. But the two-year investigative process led Perryman down roads that he never knew existed because of what he described as a biased education system.
``In the process of doing this investigative research to write the book, I was shocked, I was angry, I was frustrated to find out information that has been kept from the general public,'' he said. ``The only thing I could conclude was that it was deliberately excluded from books.''
Perryman also says of African Americans, “Many no longer put their faith in God, instead they put their faith in government and those representing government. The shift from God to government has resulted in behavior unheard of and problems unprecedented.” Examples of those problems he cites are: More homeless than ever before. More rat-and roach-infested government housing. Fewer mothers who are full-time homemakers. More latchkey children home alone. More violence in schools. More couples living together out of wedlock. More single mothers who have never been married. More black men unemployed than ever before. More black men in prison. More abortions among black women. More drugs in the black community. More top-40 music degrading black women and glorifying sex and violence. More covert practices of racial discrimination. More black on black crime and the list goes on.
“In 1929, one year after President Herbert Hoover took office with a promise to ‘put a chicken in every pot,’ the stock market crashed, our nation went into a deep depression, and the Republicans knew they were in trouble. This was the perfect opportunity for the Democrats to take the White House, but they needed more than the Depression; they needed the black vote…
Prior to this time from 1866 to 1928, blacks had voted exclusively for the Republican ticket. Frustrated with the economy as well as with the Republican Party, the (black) newspapers used their powerful voice to urge black voters to break tradition and vote Democrat. John Hope Franklin said, ‘The break was neither clean nor complete, however, for there were those who could not be persuaded to support the party that, after all, was the party of the Ku Klux Klan and other bigots.’”
Originally posted by jtma508
The Republican party, for example, once stood for small government, non-intervention and personal liberties. Clearly the wheels came off that bus some time ago.
The idea that an entire party is either racist or not is preposterous. Any more than you can say South Carolina is racist and Rhode Island is not. Just my POV.
Originally posted by johnny2127
reply to post by contemplator
Racism, regardless of which party the racist comes from is disgusting...
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
You seem to be missing the point. Party ideologies change from time to time. In Lincoln's time, the Republican party was considered the LIBERAL party and the Democrats were the CONSERVATIVES. At some point over the last 50 years or so these ideologies switched. Today the Republican party is home to the conservatives and the democratic party is home to the liberals. If you check your dates, you will see that the "Liberal" party has always been a friend to the minorities in this country. In fact, I would argue that a party's stance when it comes to the rights of minorities would be an excellent gauge as to its roots as having a conservative or liberal mindset. Nice try though, I am sure some people almost bought what you were selling. Sorry, I just had to keep you honest.
Attention Minorities: Always, Always, Always Vote for the LIBERAL PARTY, no matter what it is calling itself at the time.