The history of the Democrat party is rooted in racism. It was southern democrats who were slave owners, with a strong desire to maintain the premise of free labor via slavery. Between 1861-1865, many states called themselves withdrawing from the union and formed the Confederate States of America (CSA). The eleven states of the CSA, in order of secession, were: South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. These events of secession took place prior to the election of Abraham Lincoln. Most notably, the CSA commissioned three Confederate Battle Flags, to represent their newly formed union. Although the Confederate Flag is synonymous with slavery, it’s democratic foundation, is widely overlooked.
The movie “Lincoln” depicts the struggle President Lincoln faced trying to save the union, as a whole, and appease both Northern and Southern states. The election of 1860, saw the Democrat president James Buchanan being succeeded by the first Republican, Abraham Lincoln. The Republican Party had a stronghold in the north (union) states.
The north was not a fan of slavery. The Civil War commenced April 12, 1861, a month after Lincoln took office, when Confederates fired shots at the Union held Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The Civil War lasted between 1861-1865 as seen in “Glory”.
President Lincoln came to the conclusion that slavery was wrong and issued the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, which declared slaves free in the confederate states. President Lincoln would be assassinated April 15, 1865. By December, of the same year, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declared there would be no further distinction made between “free” and “slave” states. As a direct result of Republican’s freeing slaves, Blacks joined the Republican Party.
Blacks would later switch to the Democrat Party, after the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Between 1933-1938, the “New Deal” established many programs, following the Great Depression, which were to provide relief, recovery and reform. This political realignment was critical for it strengthened the Democratic Party with the very people they once wanted to receive free labor from.
Therefore, the Confederate Flag doesn’t represent Republican ideology it’s rooted in Democratic principles.
As Blacks chastise other Blacks, for remaining Republican, most notably Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and best-selling author Larry Elder, it is no wonder Malcolm X famously called Democrats “political chumps“, for overwhelmingly voting democrat.
Justice Thomas recently joined the majority of the justices in overturning a ruling allowing the confederate flag to be on Texas license plates and Larry Elder, constantly questions why Blacks are Democrats.
The Los Angeles Times and its publisher Austin Beutner revealed their racism publishing this article titled “Supreme Court errs on Texas’ Confederate-themed license plates“. Their reasoning? If a state allows vanity license plates, they can’t pick and chose which ones are acceptable. The justices ruled, in essence, that state sponsored racism is a no-no. The California legislature approved a law, late last year, that bans the display of confederate flag paraphernalia on state property.
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, by domestic terrorist Dylan Roof, discussion has resurfaced over the flying of the confederate flag, on the states capitol. Its removal will evidently never happen since there is a law preventing its removal, unless its for maintenance purposes. It is also padlocked to the pole.
The real question becomes: why do Blacks support a party so heavily rooted in racism?