Kenyatta wrote:AlternativeVoice wrote:Lincoln wrote, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that...I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."
But in fact, southern whites voted heavily DEMOCRATIC in the 1960s, and it was the southern blacks that voted overwhelmingly Republican. LBJ figured that once all of these Republican blacks were allowed to vote that no southern white democrats would be able to win elections anymore.
Southern whites were "dixiecrats" - i.e. - racist Democrats who only joined the party because Lincoln was a Republican. They transferred to the Republican party because they couldn't stand it that the Democrats had abolished Jim Crow and forced integration on the south. Gov. George Wallace and Sen. Strom Thurmond are the most obvious examples that come to mind.
Southern blacks were mostly not allowed to vote. White racists forced a poll tax and forced blacks to take tests in order to vote, or they threatened them with death if they tried to vote. Friends of mine went down there to try and protect black voters in the 1960s.
Medgar Evers was shot in the back by a cowardly KKK member because he was trying to fight segregation laws and racist voting laws. It took 30 years to bring his killer to justice.
Ever's brother Charles was the first black elected as mayor of a town in Mississippi, in Fayette. He was a Democrat.
You do realize that George Wallace was a Democrat, right?
Again, this is the revisionist history taught in schools today. Teachers don't want to have to admit to students that the Jim Crow laws were passed and enforced by democrats. They don't want to have to admit that it was the REPUBLICANS who passed the civil rights acts and forced the southern schools to integrate. The KKK was practically a wing of the Democrat Party for decades.
Even your first paragraph is peculiar... racist white southerners were "dixiecrats" who joined the democratic party because lincoln was a republican? Huh? The Democratic Party controlled the south ever since it was invented in the 1790s. The Democratic Party fought for slavery long before the Republican Party ever existed. The Republican Party was a northern party created to provide a counterbalance to the southern Democratic Party as the Whigs were dying off. And you do realize that "Dixiecrat" is a combination of "Dixie" and "Democrat", right?? By their very NAME they were Democrats.
Again, it's a shame that the left wing teachers unions have completely mis-educated our children. And what's so blatant is that kids can still ask their grandparents about the truth because they lived through them. They can ask why Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican. They can ask why southern african-americans voted overwhelmingly Republican up through the 1970s.
You have a right to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.