First, one has to put the historical timeline in perspective.
America was founded on slavery so it was racist.
The war was about slavery. Once the slaves were freed, the bridges across racism began getting built one brick at a time as noteworthy blacks like GW Carver, Jack Johnson, Louie Armstrong, Jesse Owens etc. began debunking the myth of white supremacy. Civil rights (black equality) was finally forced to the surface as a political priority in the mid 1950s by activism. The dems rebranded to embrace it, the opposition came f/ the south and the GOP. MANY people changed party over this highly charged issue. It’s how the south became so red.
The transition took many yrs. As more people began to accept black equality, racism went f/ common to extreme politics and w/ that, racist people who know it can be counterproductive to be outspoken about it.
FF to today. Almost all racists are right wing w/ a huge amount of members denying/deflecting how it plagues their wing. Just monitor this forum. The righties flood the place daily w/ complaints about blacks, Mexicans, Muslims, gays etc.
They will never fix their racism problem w/ denial because admission is the first step to recovery.
I can fill this thread w/ pertinent links, sources etc. but that’s time consuming. However, I like to add the following because I’m old enough to remember it:
Martin Luther King weighed in on the Republican party during his lifetime. In Chapter 23 of his autobiography, King writes this about the 1964 Republican National Convention:
“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right.”
Racist behavior is more noticeable today because trump has normalized it w/ his racist dog whistles etc. as he built his tribe w/ extremism.
The trump birther nonsense planted the racist seed in his being long ago. Trumplings voted for him w/ approval.
The dems pressured the racists in their party. Byrd renounced his KKK membership and eventually said it was his biggest mistake. The dems pressured Wallace out of the party. He ended up running independent. LBJ was born in the south at the turn of the century. The “N” word was a term of familiarity he had lived his whole life with. When the chips were down, he passed civil rights … Goldwater (R) voted against it.
Righties, can make excuses all they want but if they are honest when they connect the dots, the picture is undeniable. Learn the dots like I have.
Notice how many righties go back 150 yrs. to reference the KKK dem while the country was racist … even Lincoln
“Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.” -Lincoln
This is a sign of desperation and ignorance.
I have never seen a rightie assertion to distort the history of racism I can’t debunk or put in perspective. And I can put a pile of right wing racism on their table they can’t avoid because I have the facts. I complete the story. I’m educated and can look at issues as an independent.