n 1857, the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being
, decided that
was not a citizen, but property.
Chief Justice Roger Taney
, appointed by
President Andrew Jackson, referenced in his decision that slaves were "so far inferior...that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit."
After the Civil War,
pushed through the 13TH AMENDMENT, adopted December 6, 1865, officially abolishing slavery in America.
were forced to free their slaves, they attempted to effectively re-enslave them by passing Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws which required former slaves to be "apprenticed" to "employers" and punished those who left.
On November 22, 1865,
legislature for enacting Black Codes as they institutionalized discrimination, such as an 1865 Mississippi Black Code which stated:
"No freedman, Negro, or mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition."
On February 5, 1866,
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens introduced legislation to give former slaves "40 acres and a mule," but
opposed it, led by President Andrew Johnson.
On April 9, 1866,
in Congress overrode President Johnson's veto and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on freed slaves.
To force Southern States to extend State citizenship rights to former slaves,
in the U.S. House passed the 14TH AMENDMENT, May 10, 1866, as did the Senate, June 8, 1866.
One hundred percent of
voted against it.
The 14TH AMENDMENT was adopted by the States on JULY 28, 1868.
Congressman John Farnsworth of Illinois stated, March 31, 1871:
"The reason for the adoption (of the 14TH AMENDMENT)...was because of...discriminating... legislation of those States... by which they were punishing one class of men under different laws from another class."
Along with Jim Crow laws, Southern
attempted to keep former slaves from voting.
On January 8, 1867,
granted voting rights to former slaves in the District of Columbia by overriding President Andrew Johnson's veto.
On July 19, 1867,
passed more legislation protecting voting rights of all freed slaves after overriding again President Andrew Johnson's veto.
On March 30, 1868,
began impeachment proceedings of President Andrew Johnson.
On September 12, 1868, Democrats in Georgia's Senate expelled civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other
, who would later be reinstated by a
On October 22, 1868, while campaigning for re-election,
Congressman James Hinds was assassinated by
who had organized vigilante groups.
The 15TH AMENDMENT, granting the right to vote to all men regardless of race was passed February 3, 1870, overcoming
97 percent Democrat opposition
could no longer keep former slaves from voting, they attempted to intimidate them through KKK-type vigilante activities and lynchings.
President U.S. Grant signed the Enforcement Act, May 31, 1870, which imposed stiff penalties for depriving any American of their civil rights.
Congress, June 22, 1870, created the U.S. Department of Justice to safeguard civil rights against
in the South.
Congress passed another Enforcement Act, February 28, 1871, which provided federal protection for Black voters.
Congress enacted the Ku Klux Klan Act, April 20, 1871, outlawing
which oppressed African-Americans.
On October 10, 1871,
civil rights leader Octavius Catto was murdered by a
Democratic Party operative
, after repeated
threats by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting
President Ulysses S. Grant deployed U.S. troops on October 18, 1871, to combat violence against African Americans.
President Theodore Roosevelt stated December 3, 1906:
"White men are lynched, but the crime is peculiarly frequent in respect to black men...
Governor Candler, of Georgia, stated... 'I can say of a verity that I have, within the last month, saved the lives of half a dozen innocent Negroes who were pursued by the mob, and brought them to trial in a court of law in which they were acquitted.'
As Bishop Galloway, of Mississippi, has finely said: 'The mob lynches a Negro charged with rape will in a little while lynch a white man suspected of crime. Every Christian patriot in America needs to lift up his voice in loud and eternal protest against the mob spirit that is threatening the integrity of this Republic...'"
Republican President Theodore Roosevelt
"There is but one safe rule...that is, to treat each man, whatever his color, his creed, or his social position, with even-handed justice...
Reward or punish the individual on his merits as an individual. Evil will surely come in the end to both races if we substitute for this...
Every lynching represents...a loosening of the bands of civilization... No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered.
Every lynching means just so much moral deterioration in all the children who have any knowledge of it, and therefore just so much additional trouble for the next generation of Americans."
President Woodrow Wilson segregated the U.S. Navy.
During World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower overcame racism and made the decision to arm African American soldiers with weapons.
In 1952 and 1956, a majority of African Americans voted for
President Dwight Eisenhower.
Republican President Eisenhower
ordered the desegregation of Washington, D.C. public schools after the 1954
Brown v. Board of Education
Governors resisted desegregation,
Eisenhower sent in Federal troops.
Eisenhower forced integration by having Federal soldiers escort Black students.
Republican Vice President Richard Nixon
chaired a committee which sought to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race or color in the employment practices of government contractors.
In 1957 and 1959,
Republican President Eisenhower
proposed civil rights bills to enforce the 15th Amendment, strengthening the rights of African American to vote.
filibustered the bills and watered them down.
In 1959, when Southern
demanded that any who violated the new civil rights bill should be tried before all-white Southern juries,
Republican Vice-President Richard Nixon
gave the deciding Senate vote to kill the Southern amendment.
who opposed desegregation included former KKK klansman Senator Robert Byrd and Governor George Wallace.
After the Birmingham Children's Crusade Protest where police dogs and fire hoses were used against African Americans, President John F. Kennedy called for a bill emulating
the Republican Civil Rights Act of 1875.
fervently opposed it, as
Democrat Senator Richard Russell
"We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states."
Democrat Senator Robert Byrd
filibustered the Civil Rights Bill for 14 hours and 13 minutes on June 10, 1964.
Democrat Senator Strom Thurmond
stated in 1964:
Civil Rights Proposals
, which the President has sent to Capitol Hill for enactment into law, are unconstitutional, unnecessary, unwise and extend beyond the realm of reason. This is the worst civil-rights package ever presented to the Congress and is
reminiscent of the Reconstruction proposals and actions of the radical Republican Congress
The phrase "the bribe or the bullet" refers to positive or negative human motivations, as generations of parents had motivated children with a piece candy for obedience or a swat on the rear for disobedience..
From the Civil War to Lyndon Johnson
were accused of engaging in negative intimidation tactics to keep African Americas from voting.
As television and media coverage of these tactics grew, it resulted in bad press for the
. Political strategists proposed a switch from "the bullet" to "the bribe"; from "intimidation" to "entitlement."
In other words, if the African American vote could no longer be suppressed, then maybe it could be manipulated and controlled through dependency on entitlement programs.
Would anyone vote to stop receiving free money?
Democrat Senators filibustered the Civil Rights legislation nonstop for 71 days
, from March 30 to June 10, President Lyndon Johnson persuaded the leaders of his Party to support of watered-down compromise bill, which he signed July 2, 1964.
According to Ronald Kessler's book,
Inside The White House
explained his abrupt change in strategy to two
governors aboard Air Force One, saying: "
I'll have those n****rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years
Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Welfare State
proceeded to enroll large numbers of minorities into entitlement programs, l
eading to a dependency
and a strong inclination to vote for the Party promising a continuance of those entitlements.
, with the help of
Democrat Senator Edward Kennedy
, also changed immigration quotas to bring in large numbers of immigrants from poorer countries who would enroll in entitlement programs and thus be more likely to vote for
candidates who promised to continue entitlements.
The Welfare State provided more money to a household if a father was not present in the home.
This adversely affected the strong church-centered African American families and neighborhoods.
As lower income voters grew in their dependency on government programs it proportionally increased the
Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, writing for The Heritage Foundation, stated in "Backgrounder #2955 on Poverty and Inequality" that prior to LBJ's "War on Poverty," less than 2 percent of the Federal Budget was on welfare spending.
Fifty year later that spending on anti-poverty programs mushroomed to 27 percent of the Federal Budget, costing $22 trillion (adjusted for inflation), three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the Revolution, yet the percentage of people in poverty has not improved.
Before LBJ's "War on Poverty," less than 5 percent of children were born to unmarried parents. 50 year later it has skyrocketed to 40 percent.
Before LBJ's "War on Poverty," less than 10 percent of U.S. children lived in single parent households. 50 years later that number has exploded to 33 percent, with the poverty rate of single female parent households growing to 37.1 percent.
African American Republican Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr
., stated February 5, 1997:
"For the past 30 years our nation's spent $5 trillion trying to erase poverty, and the result, as you know, is that we didn't get rid of it at all. In fact, we spread it.
We destroyed the self-esteem of millions of people, grinding them down in a welfare system that penalizes moms for wanting to marry the father of their children, and penalizes moms for wanting to save money. Friends, that's not right."
Internationally renown Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Dr. Ben Carson
"My mother worked as a domestic, two, sometimes three jobs at a time because she didn't want to be on welfare.
She felt very strongly that if she gave up and went on welfare, that she would give up control of her life and of our lives, and I think she was probably correct about that...
But, one thing that she provided us was a tremendous example of what hard work is like."
"The more solid the family foundation, the more likely you are to be able to resist peer pressure. Human beings are social creatures.
We all want to belong, we all have that desire, and we will belong, one way or another. If the family doesn't provide that, the peers will, or a gang will, or you will find something to belong to.
That's why it becomes so critical for families with young children to understand what a critical anchor they are."
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Beginning in the 1960s, educational emphasis transitioned from strictly academic achievement to behavior modification.
Voters who were less educated tended to be more easily manipulated, as foreshadowed in the pre-Civil War South where it was a crime to teach slaves to read.
An effort began to redefined "racism" to mean anyone opposing big government dependency welfare programs.
In a tragic irony, growing dependency on government hand outs appeared reminiscent of the dependency which existed on Southern
plantations where slaves waited for hand outs from their masters.
founder of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal) wrote
Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It.
produced a documentary
Runaway Slave Movie
, stating: "I am a 'Runaway Slave' from the Democrats' plantation."
C. Mason Weaver
It's OK to Leave the Plantation: The New Underground Railroad
Unfounded Loyalty: An In-Depth Look Into The Love Affair Between Blacks and Democrats
Increasingly, media, music and entertainment began to be employed to
stir prejudices and passions for political purposes
President William Henry Harrison
warned in his Inaugural, 1841:
"The understanding of men can be warped and their affections changed by operations upon their passions and prejudices."
Political organizers used race-baiting tactics to incite racial tensions for political purposes.
Rules for Radicals
"The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems...
"The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community...
"The organizer...polarizes the issue...and helps to lead his forces into conflict...
"An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent...
"Fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression.
"He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them... for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act."
Booker T. Washington - American Hero
Earlier in the century,
Republican Booker T. Washington
had written in
My Larger Education-Being Chapters from My Experience
(1911, ch. V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob, p. 118):
"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.
Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.
Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs..."
Booker T. Washington
"There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."
Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr.
, stated February 5, 1997:
"Too often when we talk about racial healing, we make the old assumption that government can heal the racial divide....
Republicans and Democrats - red, yellow, black and white - have to understand that we must individually, all of us, accept our share of responsibility....
It does not happen by dividing us into racial groups. It does not happen by trying to turn rich against poor or by using the politics of fear. It does not happen by reducing our values to the lowest common denominator.
And friends, it does not happen by asking Americans to accept what's immoral and wrong in the name of tolerance..."
"We must be a people who dare, dare to take responsibility for our hatred and fears and ask God to heal us from within.
And we must be a people of prayer, a people who pray as if the strength of our nation depended on it, because it does...."
"I've often told the story of a boy and his father.
The father was trying to get some work done, and the boy wanted the daddy's attention, but the father was busy at his desk with so much to do.
To occupy the boy, this father....remembered that he had seen a picture of the world in this magazine.
In what he thought was a stroke of genius, the father tore out the picture and tore it into 20 different pieces, and he said, 'Here son. Go put the world back together.'
And you know what happened? Five minutes later the little Michelangelo was back, saying, 'Daddy, look what I've done.'
The father looked, and he said, 'Son, how did you do it so quickly? How did you put the world back together so quickly?'
And the little boy answered, 'Dad, it was easy. There was a picture of a man on the back of the map, on the back of the world. And once I put the man back together, the world fell into place.'
And friends, this is our agenda: to put our men and women back together, and, in that way, get our country back together."
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