The term ‘bigot’ is synonymous on the left as a way to perpetuate negative stereotypes against the right. These negative stereotypes, for the most part, are untrue or false within the realm of the Republican Party.
When you think of the left and the Democratic Party, you often think of people like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, FDR, JFK, LBJ and the list goes on. However, the subject that most people miss are origins and foundations of the Republican Party and where we are today.
For example, the first seven black elected officials in congress were all Republican. The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution, that abolished slavery, had 100 percent, or 118 out of 118, Republican support, while only 19 out of 82 Democrats voted for it.
Ida B. Wells, an African American women who refused to give up her first class train ticket to a white man, was a Republican. She was a journalist and activist who fought against Democratic President Woodrow Wilson.
There has been much debate over the founder of the Democratic Party, though many suggest it was Andrew Jackson who founded the modern party. Jackson was responsible for many horrid acts including the Trail of Tears.
Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there was the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This Act, formally titled ‘An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their vindication,’ included ‘full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, as is enjoyed by white citizens, and … like punishment, pains, and penalties…” Persons who denied these rights on account of race or previous enslavement were guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction faced a fine not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both.’
Why wasn’t this Act passed? With almost 100 percent Republican support, it went to then Democratic President Andrew Jackson who vetoed it.
When it came to the Civil Rights Act of 1864, The Guardian said, 80 percent of Republicans supported in the House while only 63 percent of Democrats did. In the Senate, 82 percent of Republicans supported it while only 69% of Democrats did.
There is no doubt that people are not necessarily the thing that encompasses all of a party’s ideas and beliefs, but in my own personal opinion, you can not run from your past. The Democratic Party has a dark and almost unbelievable past.
Although these examples are a few of many, it is hard to imagine how the Republican Party started to succumb with negative animosities. After all, it was the Democratic Party who were the real threat, aren’t they?
There is age-old idea that the parties had an ideological flip, but did it? Many say that during the Civil Rights Movement, the Democratic Party became the party of the people, but did it?
It has been the consumer of hate and outward discrimination, while the Republican Party has been the party of the people. Whether that be Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Hosea Williams or even Ida B. Wells, Republicans have always been on the right side of history.
Today, there seems to be a bit of a struggle to see that side of the party once again, but there are people, like myself, who are fighting everyday to bring back our rightful ideals.