I respect your beliefs, and I admire how well you present them, but I must take issue with many of the things you say in your post.
First of all, Al Gore may have made an issue of Dukakis' Furlough Program in the primaries, before Bush ever did, but I don't believe that Al Gore circulated to all corners of this nation a photo of Willie Horton, the scary black man, to make his point. That was strictly Bush League. If Dukakis' Furlough Program was so bad, there surely would have been some whites who committed crimes while on furlough. Why wasn't the photo of a white man used? Why was it a scary black man? What point was Bush trying to make, and to whom was he trying to make this point? Leave us not be so naive.
Second, many blacks in recent years have benefited from affirmative action programs. Take Clarence Thomas and Barack Obama, to name but two. The difference between these two folks, however, is night and day. Obama would like to continue and expand affirmative action programs so that other minority members can receive the same benefits he did to help them build better futures for themselves. Clarence Thomas, by contrast, wants to close the door on affirmative action so that no other minority member can receive benefits similar to those that helped him succeed in our society. Which of these two gentlemen do you find more admirable?
Social programs do not keep people dependent and impoverished. Social programs, such as affirmative action, help lift people out of poverty and make them independent. "A Traitor to His Race" is a very fitting term for someone who opposes government programs that help members of his race, and other minorities, to get ahead. "A Traitor to the American Dream" works, too.
Third, is what happened before 1965 ancient history? Let's see. In 1946, Harry Truman integrated the Armed Forces for the very first time, and in 1948 Truman placed four very powerful Civil Rights planks into the Democratic platform. The result? In 1948, most of the Southern states bolted from the Democratic Party and formed the Dixiecrat Party which nominated Strom Thurmond for the presidency. Left-Wingers also left the Democratic party and supported Henry Wallace for president on the new Progressive Party. With the Democratic Party split into three parts, itr was no wonder that Harry Treuman was an odds-on Underdog to lose in 1948 to Republican Tom Dewey. By some miracle, Truman won. The Solid South remained with the Democratic Party, and none of Truman's Civil Rights legislation was ever passed.
However, twenty years later, in 1965, Lyndon Johnson picked up the torch from Truman, and from JFK, and passed the most sweeping Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction away back in the 1860's. By 1968, Nixon had adopted his Southern Strategy and all the white racists were sucked, as by a huge vacuum cleaner, out of the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party, where they have remained, like contented cows, ever since.