I’m No Expert But … This Isn’t Passing the Scratch/Sniff Test

Mr Rowe writes:

Drawn in part from the writings of Christian Reconstructionists, that narrative recasts modern-day Republicans as the racially inclusive party, and modern-day Democrats as the racists supportive of slavery and postemancipation racist policies.

Here’s the problem with casting Democrat’s as the drivers behind confronting racism in the 50s and 60s in the South. Look at these two lists, here and here. Note the dates and party affiliations of those Governors of those two very very Southern (and presumably at one time, quite racist) Southern states. Recall also Mr George Wallace. Democrat? Yes. Hmm.

It may very well be that in the north of Mason Dixon line Democrats (union + intellectual elite driven) parties opposed racism and that is what the Democrats perceive as their legacy of opposing racism. But to deny that in the South the dominant party during the racial turmoil in the South was not both opposing racial integration and rights and was in fact part of the Democrat party is revisionist.

If accurate this wiki article supports the “it’s more complicated” than claiming one party or the other was complicit/non-complicit in enforcing racism and racially unfair policies.

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  1. Boonton says:

    The ‘modern day’ Democratic and Republican parties are from 1950-1960? Not a single decision maker from that era is still alive and that era’s youngest people who could be thought to be plausibly politically aware (say teenagers) are now well into their Social Security years.

    That notable support of racism came from the Democratic Party in the 50’s is about as relevant today as noting the Republican party was at least somewhat anti-slavery back in the 1850’s.

    But to deny that in the South the dominant party during the racial turmoil in the South was not both opposing racial integration and rights and was in fact part of the Democrat party is revisionist.

    So now the South was racist during the Civil Rights movement? That’s bizaar since not too long ago you were quoting those who were trying to claim the Confederacy was not necessary premised on racism. How could the South of the 50’s and 60’s be racist for being relatively resistent to integration (and to be fair not everyone in the South was as hostile to a more fair system of race relations as, say, Bull Conner) but a century before when the South was willing to let tens of thousands of its people die fighting on behalf of slavery that was just some fuzzy difference over ‘states rights’ or ‘limited government’.

  2. Mark says:

    Boonton,

    That notable support of racism came from the Democratic Party in the 50’s is about as relevant today as noting the Republican party was at least somewhat anti-slavery back in the 1850’s.

    The claim that Democrats supported slavery (and the GOP does not) or vice versa is a historical claim. Not one about current politics.

    and to be fair not everyone in the South was as hostile to a more fair system of race relations as, say, Bull Conner

    Uhm, in the early 20th centuries GOP members in the South nominated and elected Blacks. From wiki:

    During this period, Republican administrations appointed blacks to political positions. Republicans regularly supported anti-lynching bills, but these were filibustered by Southern Democrats in the Senate.

    I’m not sure what you’re arguing here. I’m claiming both parties opposed and supported racist policies. The Southern Democrat party was probably the worst w.r.t. to equal race relations.

    That notable support of racism came from the Democratic Party in the 50’s

    If you look at that list, Mississippi and Louisiana didn’t have GOP governors until the last decade or so.