The GOP Only Tells Half The Story
This column is a response to another column written by a political pundit
The GOP Only Tells Half The Story
I was trolling along on the internet late last week as I usually do when I came across a certain column
by a certain political pundit. The name of the column was “Negroes with Guns” and the columnists was Ann Coulter, someone who is always starved for attention.
No matter your political persuasion or your knowledge of the beltway in general, you proabably at some point have heard of Coulter. A right-winged pundit who Mitt Romney would describe as “severely conservative”, Coulter once said that widows of 9/11 victims were “enjoying their husbands' death” she also offered up a little ditty about the President of The United States and the entire Democratic Party being athiests, despite Barack Obama's numerous affirmations to his christian faith.
As a liberal and more importantly as a black man Coulter doesn't offend me as much as she bores me. Imagine the 8 year old who throws a hissy fit on the kitchen floor because he or she can't have a cookie , Ann in a nutshell.
One thing that does bother me about Coulter is when she glosses over or plainly ignores things that are absolute facts. Coulter in her aforementioned column makes the case that every black person in America should grab a gun and join The NRA, which is a conservative talking point even cockroaches have heard from The RNC and every Republican candidate since the beginning of time.
According to Ann this should happen given the Democratic Party's opposition of arming newly freed slaves, which allowed the Ku Klux Klan to begin a reign of terror that lasted for over one hundred years. She also mentions the infamous 1854 Dred Scott vs. Sandford case where Scott, a runaway slave was denied his freedom in large part because free black men would be full citizens and have the right to carry guns.
At the risk of giving some of you a heart attack I agree with Coulter, but only on this portion of her column. The KKK was born out of resentment for a Republican President who had the audacity to free the slaves, and the mention of Dred Scott is dead on. For almost 100 years after The Emacipation Proclamation Black Americans in The United States tended to be overwheminngly conservative.
Now here is the part where Ann Coulter and I return to our respective corners. In the early 1960s it was The Democratic Ticket of John. F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson who almost single-handedly dragged their party into the 20th Century on Civil Rights. It was President Kennedy, who after some prodding from civil rights groups and leaders desegregated The Universities of Alabama and Mississippi respectively, scolded the likes of Bull Connor on national television for spraying black teenagers with high powered water hoses in Birmingham Alabama, and got the ball rolling on that centuries version of The Emancipation Proclamation The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
After President Kennedy was tragically was killed, It was President Johnson who picked up the torch and got The Civil Rights Act passed. It was also President Johnson who got The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed ensuring African Americans the right to vote. The biggest accomplishment of The Johnson Administration for African Americans however may have been his Great Society Programs. Johnson enacted programs like Medicare, and Medicaid, he put in place the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which committed federal dollars to schools across the country and inner city schools in particular. In his war poverty Johnson put in place programs like Food Stamps, Head Start, and Work Study programs.
In contrast to this it was The Republican Party who went in the opposite direction, Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968 in large part because of what is now known as “The Southern Strategy”, a strategy that targeted white southern voters who were angry about the passage of The Civil Rights Bills
(ironically the same way southern white voters were angry with President Lincoln for freeing the slaves). Strom Thurmond a prominent dixiecrat in the late 1940s ultimately became a Republican, and prominent conservatives from Ronald Reagan to Mitt Romney have given us everything from “Welfare Queens” to “I'm not that concerned about the poor”
Coulter and her GOP brethern would do us all a favor if they just finished the bedtime story, rather than making us go to sleep halfway through.