‘Democrats have tortured blacks for centuries and hammer us even today…’
(Deroy Murdock, Liberty Headlines) Democrat presidential candidates Julián Castro, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren recently pushed their party even farther Left with their latest radical scheme: slavery reparations. This is beyond ironic, of course, since Democrats have tortured blacks for centuries and hammer us even today.
Slavery spread agony across the South, under the watchful eyes of Democrats, such as President Andrew Jackson, since the party’s 1828 launch. It was not until 1860s election of Republican Abraham Lincoln that the final, decisive push toward abolition began. The GOP-led Union Army crushed the Democrat-led Confederacy in 1865. That’s when Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation came into full force, as Republicans freed the slaves.
The Republicans’ Radical Reconstruction empowered newly liberated blacks. Overriding the vetoes of Democrat Andrew Johnson, congressional Republicans pressured Southern states to ratify the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing blacks equal protection under law.
“Blacks won election to southern state governments and even to the U.S. Congress during this period,” History.com recalls. Alas, by 1877, the Democrat-launched “Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations targeted local Republican leaders, white and black, and other African Americans who challenged white authority.”
Tightening Democrat control of state legislatures and Congress rubbed out Reconstruction and swept in Jim Crow segregation. Democrats adopted and enforced these statutes across Dixie and even in Washington.
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson re-segregated the previously integrated bathrooms in the then-State, War, and Navy Department Building, adjacent to the White House. The order to create separate toilets for “women, white men, and Colored” was signed on Aug. 7, 1916 by none other than Assistant Navy Secretary Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
FDR became, arguably, the most influential Democrat president ever. His actions included the 1937 nomination of former Klansman Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before defeating Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo, FDR forced some 112,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into World War II internment camps.
Democrat President Harry Truman integrated the armed forces in 1948. This was about the first good thing a Democrat ever did for black Americans.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision ruled separate-but-equal government education unconstitutional in 1954. Chief Justice Earl Warren, previously California’s three-term Republican governor, delivered the Court’s unanimous, pro-integration opinion. Warren rejected the oral arguments of John W. Davis, the 1924 Democrat presidential nominee, who defended separate-but-equal classrooms.
U.S. Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Exalted Cyclops in the KKK who recruited some 150 new Klansmen) Albert Gore Sr. of Tennessee, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, and other Democrats filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 60 legislative days. Senate Republican leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois finally broke the filibuster and clinched the measure’s passage.
Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the bill, which was a beautiful thing. He also approved the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and G.W. Bush each re-authorized for 25 years in 1982 and 2006. Reagan also signed into law the Martin Luther King national holiday.
Today, teachers-union-funded Democrats tirelessly battle school choice, thus stranding black children in classrooms where, too often, too little learning occurs. Obama struggled mightily to kill the Washington, D.C. School Voucher Program, which G.W. Bush signed. Then-House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., secured the funds to keep this sliver of hope alive.
Republican President Donald J. Trump has championed school choice, not least by approving the language of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to let “529” savings accounts accept tax-free deposits for K-12 studies, not just university tuition. Trump also approved a new criminal-justice- reform law that will reduce mass incarceration, largely benefiting black prisoners.
So, if Democrats want reparations to atone for their nearly 200 years of anti-black sins, they should finance them. From Barbra Streisand to George Clooney to Tom Steyer to George Soros, the Democrat 1 percenters should shove their billions into a huge pile and then show us the money!
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.