Saturday, March 14, 2009
Is The Republican Party Racist?
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson pushed the Voting Rights Act and other civil rights legislation through Congress -- true, with some Republican support. But, thereafter, the parties switched sides on civil rights. Nixon embraced a Southern Strategy, with all sorts of coded racist images, and Johnson had lost the South for the Democratic Party. The South was still Solid but, from then on, for Republicans, not for Democrats. Images like the Willie Horton ad, which Bush the First used so successfully in 1988 against Dukakis, have helped the GOP keep the South and win the White House. It hasn't changed. There are still many white racists in the USA. Most of them are with the Republican Party, not the Democrats. What happened before 1965 is ancient history -- everything turned around in the 1968 election. Whether or not the Republican Party itself is racist, the GOP still provides racists with a comfortable home.