As a result of unrelenting efforts by Democrats to shift their racist past onto the backs of Republicans, using the mantra: “the parties switched sides”, a lot of people have requested an article addressing this issue.

It does not make sense to believe that racist Democrats suddenly rushed into the Republican Party, especially after Republicans spent nearly 150 years fighting for black civil rights.  In fact, the racist Democrats declared they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.

From the time of its inception in 1854 as the anti-slavery party, the Republican Party has always been the party of freedom and equality for blacks.  As author Michael Scheuer wrote, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s:  slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.  Democrats have been running black communities for the past 50+ years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have turned those communities into economic and social wastelands.

An alarming view of what America will be like in a few years due to unbridled socialism being pushed by President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party cohorts, is contained in the article:  “Detroit: The Moral of the Story” by Kevin D. Williamson that is posted on the Internet.

Democrats first used brutality and discriminatory laws to stop blacks from voting for Republicans.  Democrats now use deception and government handouts to keep blacks from voting for Republicans.   In his book, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as “plantation politics.”

The racist Democrats of the 1950’s and 1960’s that Republicans were fighting died Democrats.  One racist Democrat who survived until 2010 was US Senator Robert Byrd, a former recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan.  Notably, the Ku Klux Klan was started by Democrats in 1866 and became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party for the purpose of terrorizing and lynching Republicans—black and white.   Byrd became a prominent leader in the Democrat-controlled Congress where he was honored by his fellow Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate.”

Byrd was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and complained in one letter:  “I would rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”

Democrats denounced US Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about US Senator Strom Thurmond.  However, there was silence when Democrat US Senator Christopher Dodd praised Byrd as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment.”  Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and, after he became a Republican, Thurmond defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats.

While turning a blind eye to how the Democratic Party embraced Byrd until his death, Democrats regularly lambaste the Republican Party about David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Ignored are the facts that the Republican Party never embraced Duke and when he ran for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1992, Republican Party officials tried to block his participation.  Hypocritical is the word for how Democrats also ignore Duke’s long participation in the Democratic Party with no efforts by Democrats to block him.  Below is Duke’s political history in Louisiana, which has an open primary system.

Duke ran for Louisiana State Senator as a Democrat in 1975.  He ran again for the Louisiana State Senate in 1979 as a Democrat.  In 1988, he made a bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.  Then, on election day in 1988, he had himself  listed on the presidential ballot as an “Independent Populist.”  After his unbroken string of losses as a Democrat and an Independent Populist, Duke decided to describe himself as a Republican, then ran the following races where he lost every time: in 1989 he ran for Louisiana State Representative; in 1990, he ran for US Senator; in 1991 he ran for Governor of Louisiana; in 1992 he ran for president; in 1996 he ran for US Senator; and in 1999 he ran for US Representative.

Contrary to popular belief, President Lyndon Johnson did not predict a racist exodus to the Republican Party from the Democratic Party because of Johnson’s support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Omitted from the Democrats’ rewritten history is what Johnson actually meant by his prediction.

Johnson feared that the racist Democrats would again form a third party, such as the short-lived States Rights Democratic Party. In fact, Alabama’s Democrat Governor George C. Wallace in 1968 started the American Independent Party that attracted other racist candidates, including Democrat Governor Lester Maddox.

Behind closed doors, Johnson said:  “These Negroes, they’re getting uppity these days.  That’s a problem for us, since they got something now they never had before.  The political pull to back up their upityness.  Now, we’ve got to do something about this.  We’ve got to give them a little something.  Just enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference.  If we don’t move at all, their allies will line up against us.  And there’ll be no way to stop them.  It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Little known by many today is the fact that it was Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Johnson, who pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  In fact, Dirksen was instrumental to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968.  Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing.

Democrats condemn Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called “Southern Strategy.”  These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, while deriding Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party.

The "Southern Strategy” that began in the 1970’s was an effort by Nixon to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks.  Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Bobby Jindal, a person of color, as governor in 2007.

As the co-architect of Nixon's "Southern Strategy", Pat Buchanan provided a first-hand account of the origin and intent of that strategy in a 2002 article posted on the Internet.  Buchanan wrote that Nixon declared that the Republican Party would be built on a foundation of states’ rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense.  Nixon said he would leave it to the Democratic Party to squeeze the last ounce of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.

The Claremont Institute published an eye-opening article by Gerard Alexander entitled “The Myth of the Racist Republicans”, an analysis of the decades-long shift of the South from the racist Democratic Party to the racially tolerant Republican Party.  That article can be found on the Internet.

Another article on this subject by Mr. Alexander is entitled “Conservatism does not equal racism. So why do many liberals assume it does?” and is posted on the Internet.

More details about the history of civil rights can be found in the NBRA Civil Rights Newsletter that can be found on the Internet.

An excellent video about civil rights history entitled “A pebble in Your Shoe: Why I am a Republican” by Dr. James Taylor is posted on YouTube.

[Editor's note: This column was written by Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association.  She may be contacted at:]

  • Cliffhuxtable911

    Ever seen how many times Democrats use the N-word? Everyone I know that is Democrat here in Ohio are racists. They support abortion as a way to kill off blacks, since abortion is stagnating their population for some time now. In New York state there are more black abortions than their are births. That’s the hidden Democrat Party’s war on blacks. Here’s some racist quotes from the left. Understand that the Democrat Party has all the racial hate groups under it’s belt, the Black Panthers, the KKK, the Latino Brown Berets, Aryan Nation, White supremacists. Democrats own those groups, not Republicans like Democrats for decades now has been trying to pin them on. Republicans have always been great supporters of blacks. They help start the NAACP, they were for civil rights, when Democrats were against them, they supported women to vote, when Democrats voted against it. If you look at election map results from the 50s till today you’ll still see the Dixiecrat belt is a live and well today. Doing nothing but keeping the black man down. Instead of running plantations on cotton farms, they are running Big Government, keeping blacks in poverty by giving out ‘free’ handouts that can only be received if you live below the poverty line. Pushing socialism which only makes everyone poor, look at history of all the nations it’s destroyed. Democrats own that, not Republicans. Time to wake up and start learning your history of the Republican party. However today liberals have pretty much destroyed the party making it more leftist, which is why the Tea Party broke away from the Republican Party. Today both parties are becoming the Democrat Party. Meanwhile, conservative Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, Constitutionalists, Freedom Party, and the conservatives out of the Republican party have moved to the Tea Party. The biggest difference of the Democrats and Republicans since the 50s is that the Democrats under LBJ pushed for handouts and give the appearance of supporting civil rights. Where as Republicans long supporters of civil rights still today support civil rights whenever we can keep the liberal RINOs from voting the opposite. Hence the reason the Tea Party was created, getting tired of leftists taking over the party.

  • dems suck

    comments below are so freakin full of crap. your quote below from Mehlman can be clearly seen for what it is right there. he was apologizing for the republican party giving up on the black vote, since hard to beat the dems who buy their votes with tax payer dollars

  • Eric M. Wallace

    Just read the Urban Legends pieces on this site. Then maybe you’d stop parroting MSNBC talking points.

  • RobertSF

    So if Republicans and Democrats didn’t switch sides on racism, how did Republicans become so racist? It’s not a myth. Over and over, Republicans blow the dogwhistle or just up and say racists things. In the last election campaign, Gingrich challenged blacks to trade food stamps for paychecks. Santorum even called Obama the N-word in a speech he gave in Janesville, WI.

    It’s also on record that Barry Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Damani


    If it wasn’t racial,……then what was Ken Mehlman, RNC CHAIRMAN, apologizing for in 2005 when he spoke before the NAACP?!?!?


    “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way ortrying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” Mehlman said at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.”

    Mehlman’s apology to the NAACP at the group’s convention in Milwaukee marked the first time a top Republican Party leader has denounced the so-called Southern Strategy employed by Richard Nixon and other Republicans to peel away white voters in what was then the heavily Democratic South. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Republicans encouraged disaffected Southern white voters to vote Republican by blaming pro-civil rights Democrats for racial unrest and other racial problems.

    End of Quote

    Another example is from Kevin Philips, sometimes credited with devising the Repub Southern Strategy under Nixon, but most say he “popularized” it in his writing:


    From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that… but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

    End of Quote

    Taking Philips comments along with Lee Atwater’s explanation of the code words and Mehlman’s apology, we have THREE TOP Repub strategists (2 being Repub Natl Comte CHAIRMEN) acknowledging the existence in real terms “on the ground” of the race-baiting content of the Repub Southern Strategy.

    In the Law, this is what is called “admission against interest”. Those are the kind of statements – not in the interest of the speaker – that garner, or should, additional credibility when there is controversy over the facts.

    A partisan’s take on it can be insightful and interesting, but only if it takes into account the actions and statements of those who were involved in it.

    NOWHERE in the article did I find even one reference to these statements.

    Why? Because there is no spinning them. They say what they say.

    And it is what it is – dog whistles, fire sirens and all the rest.

  • Damani

    Robert Byrd is just one guy, but you’d think he was the Dem Party Chairman, Presidential Candidate and the Boss Hogg of the Dem Party the way that Repubs like to use him as a counterweight against charges of racism in the Repub Party.

    The author compares him to David Duke. There are two big differences, at least, between the two men. Byrd was an active member of the Klan about 65 years ago and Duke is still on the scene. Secondly, Byrd has apologized for his racist past and Duke……..?

    Duke endorses the Tea Party movement, too. Hmmmm….

    Byrd…said, in 2005, “I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times … and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.

    From Pianin, Eric (June 19, 2005). “A Senator’s Shame: Byrd, in His New Book, Again Confronts Early Ties to KKK” . The Washington Post: pp. A01. Retrieved October 3, 2006.

    And well before that Byrd apologized:

    But Byrd, unlike Thurmond, renounced his youthful participation in a racist cause. See, for example, this exchange with CNN’s Bernard Shaw in Dec. 1993:

    Q: What has been your biggest mistake and your biggest success?

    A: Well, it’s easy to state what has been my biggest mistake. The greatest mistake I ever made was joining the Ku Klux Klan. And I’ve said that many times. But one cannot erase what he has done. He can only change his ways and his thoughts. That was an albatross around my neck that I will always wear. You will read it in my obituary that I was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Contrast that with an interview Thurmond gave Joseph Stroud of the Charlotte Observer in July 1998 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his presidential bid on the segregationist Dixiecrat ticket. Asked if he wanted to apologize, Thurmond [Democrat turned Republican] said, “I don’t have anything to apologize for,” and “I don’t have any regrets.” Asked if he thought the Dixiecrats were right, Thurmond said, “Yes, I do.” Thurmond said this four years ago!

    End of quote

    That’s from 2002.

    I will wait right here for someone to post the apology by David Duke for his racist “past”…….Meanwhile, if you Google “David Duke KKK”, his own website tag line touts him as former leader of the Klan. His own website!!

    The author ALSO fails to mention that when Duke ran as a Democrat he did NOT do well, BUT WHEN HE RAN AS A REPUBLICAN, HE WON THE PRIMARY IN LOUISIANA for State Representative and then won the election AS A REPUBLICAN.

    The fatal flaw in an argument that the Republican Southern Strategy was not in large part race-based:

    Failing to address the voluntary statements of some of the architects and implementers of the Repub Southern Strategy, like Atwater. Revisionist history won’t cut it when the record is so clear. The “spinner” in this article seems to have avoided these altogether.

    Here’s some seriously inside info from 1981 on how part of it worked from the mouth of – NOT some fringe guy and NOT some latter day apologist for Repubs – the late Lee Atwater, who would become manager of Bush41′s ’88 campaign and Chair of the RNC, explaining the evolution of terminology used in the Southern Strategy:


    ”You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘N—-r, n—-r, n—-r.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘n—-r’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. ”And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘N—-r, n—-r.”’Atwater, who would manage George H.W. Bush’s successful run for the presidency in 1988 (the Willie Horton campaign) and then serve as national party chairman, was talking with Alexander P. Lamis, a political-science professor at Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Lamis quoted Atwater in the book ”Southern Politics in the 1990′s.”

    http://query DOT nytimes DOT com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E6DF1E30F935A35753C1A9639C8B63

    I’ve deleted some of the letters in the offensive language that Atwater was so comfortable using in a formal interview with a poli sci scholar.

    End of Part One


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