Thu. Apr 15th, 2021

2 thoughts on “Why Malcolm X called Blacks ‘Political Chumps’

  1. History is history and can not be changed. However, in the past 150 years, the attitudes, opinions and actions of people have changed dramatically. I do believe that the majority of white folks today, and I include myself, do regret what happened in the past and are trying very hard to make amends and insure that history does not repeat itself with regard to race relations. Unfortunately there will always be a few like Dylann Root who just don’t get it. And, as for that law about the confederate flag, laws can be changed and I predict that this law will change in the near future.

  2. “The real question becomes why do Blacks support a party so heavily rooted in racism?”

    Because times and parties change.

    In the 1960s, the Republican Party started its ‘Southern Strategy’, to make its message appeal to racist whites in the south. In a sense, the strategy worked, because the Republicans have mostly had a lock on the South since then. But even the Republicans are starting to see that it was a long-term mistake, which is why the Republican chairman issued a half-hearted notpology in 2010:

    “Why should an African-American vote Republican?
    “You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,”
    “…We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” Steele said. “This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties, Their parties walk away from them. For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South.”

    In 1948, racist Strom Thurmond ran for President as a Democrat. By 1964, he had switched parties to be a Republican.

    KKK member and neo-Nazi David Duke switched from Democratic to Republican.

    It’s true that if you look back in history, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery. But in my mind that hardly compares to the fact that the Republican Party is the party of racism right fucking now.

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