Response to calling Republicans “Racists”

We’ve been hearing it pretty steady for a few weeks now. While no one from the Republican side, especially from the John McCain camp, have said anything about race, Barack Obama still claims they have. In recent weeks he has been all over the news trying to sell the line, “they’re going to say that I don’t look like all those other Presidents on the dollar bills”. This is playing the “preemptive victim” card. And then just today (Aug 15), Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC, is quoted calling Republicans “The White Party”.

Well, here’s a little history test I’ve reprinted for everyone. See how you do. [Answers Below]
BLACK POLITICAL HISTORY: THE UNTOLD STORY*

1.  What Party was founded as the anti-slavery Party and fought to free blacks from slavery?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

2.  What was the Party of Abraham Lincoln who signed the emancipation proclamation that resulted in the Juneteenth celebrations that occur in black communities today?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

3.  What Party passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

4.  What Party passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting blacks protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, and was the Party of most blacks prior to the 1960’s, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

5.  What was the Party of the founding fathers of the NAACP who were themselves white?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

6.  What was the Party of President  Dwight Eisenhower who sent U.S. troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958, and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

7.   What Party, by the greatest percentage, passed the1957 Civil Rights Act and the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

8.  What was the Party of President Richard Nixon who instituted the first Affirmative Action program in 1969 with the Philadelphia Plan that established goals and timetables?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

9.  What is the Party of President George W. Bush who supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s University of Michigan Affirmative Action decision, and is spending over $200 billion to fight AIDS in Africa and on programs to help black Americans prosper, including school vouchers, the faith-based initiative, home ownership, and small business ownership?
[  ]  a.  Democratic Party
[  ]  b.  Republican Party

10.  What Party fought to keep blacks in slavery and was the Party of the Ku Klux Klan?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

11.  What Party from 1870 to 1930 used fraud, whippings, lynching, murder, intimidation, and mutilation to get the black vote, and passed the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws which legalized racial discrimination and denied blacks their rights as citizens?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

12.  What was the Party of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Harry Truman who rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

13.  What was the Party of President John F. Kennedy who voted against the 1957 Civil Rights law as a Senator, then opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after becoming president, and later had the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General  Robert Kennedy) investigate Dr. King on suspicion of being a communist?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

14.  What is the Party of current Senator Robert Byrd who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Senator Fritz Hollings who hoisted the Confederate flag over the state capitol in South Carolina when he was the governor, and Senator Ted Kennedy who recently insulted black judicial nominees by calling them “Neanderthals” while blocking their appointments?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

15.  What was the Party of President Bill Clinton who failed to fight the terrorists after the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, sent troops to war in Bosnia and Kosovo without Congressional approval, vetoed the Welfare Reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

16.  What is the Party of Vice President Al Gore whose father voted against the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s, and who lost the 2000 election as confirmed by a second recount of Florida votes by the “Miami Herald” and a consortium of major news organizations and the ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that blacks were not denied the right to vote?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

17.  What Party is against the faith-based initiative, against school vouchers, against school prayers, and takes the black vote for granted without ever acknowledging their racist past or apologizing for trying to expand slavery, lynching blacks and passing the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that caused great harm to blacks?
[  ]  a.  Republican Party
[  ]  b.  Democratic Party

ANSWERS: All answers are “b”.

*This quiz was originally found in The Black Republican magazine.

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12 Comments on “Response to calling Republicans “Racists””

  1. loudandclear87 Says:

    your crazy jerm….

    i fear you a) have just opened pandora’s box
    b) spoke so much truth that people just get pissed and don’t respond at all

  2. Wyatt Says:

    Thats a great post, I have been saying this for years but I feel as if I am trying to instruct a brick wall how to dance. Good observations!

  3. jermtech Says:

    For a real mind-blower, check out this book by Larry Elder:
    http://www.amazon.com/Stupid-Black-Men-Play-Card/dp/0312367333


  4. you really love politics.

  5. Jason Says:

    jermtech does love him some politics.

  6. C Dub Says:

    George W. Bush = Abe Lincoln ???? PRAISE DA LAWD !!!!!!

  7. jermtech Says:

    C-Dub…welcome dude.

    I’m not necessarily a Bush apologist…I’m just sayin’…why does the African American community routinely (and some would say blindly) support a party that seems to exacerbate problems and use racial tension as a political tool?

    And why don’t African Americans seem to celebrate the sucesses of people like Justice Thomas, Secretary Rice, Gen. Powell, Dr. Walter Williams, J.C. Watts, Bill Cosby, Larry Elder, Alan Keyes, TD Jakes, or others like them? Why are those accomplishments dismissed? Is it purely that they lean more conservative in their politics? Sooner or later you’d think the “they’re not black enough” excuse would wear pretty thin.

  8. C Dub Says:

    Well,,,, speaking on behalf of the entire Black Population (which I AM authorized to do), I’d say it makes less sense to support a Republican party that has historically (at least during the last century) turned a blind eye to to the needs of minorities and the economically challenged. To say that blacks’ support of Democrats is “blind”, would suggest that we are uninformed, ignorant and unaware of what serves our own best interests. I was shocked that the infamous Democratic Governor of Alabama, George Wallace, wasn’t included on “The Test” During the last 8 years, the gap between the “Rich” and the “everybody else” has widened., and because minorities, somewhat disproportionately fall into the latter group, it’s viewed as racial issue rather than what it really is, as Socio Economic issue. I think if you polled most black peoples about their moral views (which I’m sure you have),, you’d be surprised to find how many issues they agree with conservatives on,, once again, it’s the socio economic issues that create tension.

    As far as celebrating the success of the noted blacks,, well, Thomas, Dr. Williams, Watts, Larry Elder and Alan Keyes are seen as figures who’s politics don’t represent the majority of black peoples views. I personally am inspired by Judge Thomas’ story of a poor black boy from a segregated Georgia who made it all the way to the Supreme Court,, I just don’t agree with some of his political views. Most blacks I’ve talked to have much respect for Condi Rice for her accomplishments not only as a black, but also as a woman,, she just happens to be part of terrible, borderline criminal administration. TD Jakes ??? TD Jakes ??? I didn’t know black people hated TD Jakes. That must be news to all those blacks sitting in his congregation every Sunday,, or buying his books by the tens of thousands,, or the ones that go on his cruise every year ( my sister loved it, Kirk Whalum was there). Jakes is one of the most beloved and respected clergyman in the world, especially amongst blacks. Dr. Cosby most likely is included on your list because of his comments on inner city blacks. My problem with this was not his comments, but his lack of offering any kind of solution,,, “pull yourself up by yourself bootstraps” means nothing to poor black kids on the southside of Chicago or unemployed single mothers in Bed Stuy,, especially from a Temple University graduate with $ 300 million in the bank. And exactly what is “not black enough”,, I’ve never personally heard a black person use that phrase in a conversation,, but then again, maybe I don’t talk with as many “African Americans” as you do. I think, come November, I’ll write in my vote for Lisa Lampanelli. L.L “loves Da’ Blacks” !!!

    Much love , Bro’

  9. jermtech Says:

    Great stuff there, CW. Thanks so much for taking the time to contribute to the discussion. Overall, I don’t have much to rebut on your points – I think they are very well stated. I agree with your assessment of the socio-economic issue vs. strictly a racial one. I also agree (or it has been my experience as I talk to African Americans) that they do share many conservative values which has always befuddled me.

    BTW, I brought up TD Jakes more as a contrast to the Sharptons and Jacksons of the world, who seem like they have been “annointed” to speak for the black community as a whole. My opinion is that someone like Rev. Jakes makes much more sense than those other guys. The other guys have about as much in common with a poor Chicago black kid as I do.

    P.S. Lisa Lampanelli is one of my guilty pleasures. She’s filthy, but I can’t help but love her – she’s SO funny.

  10. jermtech Says:

    Forgot something: the comment about “not being black enough” was in reference to critics of Justice Thomas and Sec. Rice. I’ve read and heard many comments that because they hold conservative views (my interpretation of the complaints), that many blacks see them as “sellouts” and people who have “abandoned” or “turned their back” on the black community. Many critics at the time of the Thomas confirmation hearings used the term “Uncle Clarence Thomas” as a perjorative toward him. This can only be interpreted one way, in my opinion – that the critics didn’t see Thomas as a black man – but as a faux white republican who turned on his own people.

    THAT’s what I was talking about.

  11. C Dub Says:

    Your statement, that Sharpton and Jackson have nothing in common with a poor black child from Chicago is way off base,,, do your homework ,,, jesse Jackson was born to an unwed teenage mother in South Carolina , went to segregated schools and lived below the poverty level. Sharpton
    was raised on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn after his father abandoned the family. Now besides these reasons,,just the fact that they are black gives them, and blacks everywhere else, a perspective that you and all of my other caucasion brothers and sisters could never have. As for the Reverends being our’ “Anointed Spokesmen”,,, my question is , anointed by who ?? They are viewed as the leaders of the “black cause” because they are the most visible,, due to the media’s thirst for controversy,, not because of some secret vote black people held during final episode of “Friends” (we didn’t watch). Sharpton will never be accepted as credible by mainstream America, if for nothing else the Tawana Brawley case,, but I still find myself in agreement with him on a lot of the issues he stands for . Rev. Jackson is viewed (by whites and blacks alike) as self serving, which would not distinguish him from a lot of other prominent public figures, who happen to be white. It’s my belief, though, that he does sincerely care about the welfare of America,,, black,, and white as well. As for a singular “Black Spokesman” or “Black Leader”,, in my mind, the concept is obsolete. They are many qualified Blacks that can speak intelligently on the needs of black people,,, I particularly like Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown, and Dr. Cornel West. a professor at Princeton,,,look them up and tell me what you think.

    As for Thomas and Condi being sellouts,,, both have been labeled that by some,,whether justly or unjustly is a matter of opinion,,, but you you must remember, traditionally, in black families, black neighborhoods, black townships , cities etc. blacks people have been taught and raised to depend on one another to “watch each others backs”,because we’re sure couldn’t count on others to do it. Now, that concept should be, and perhaps someday, will be obsolete, as America’s playing field continues
    to become more level,,,but we aren’t quite there yet .!!

    Peace !!!

  12. jermtech Says:

    By criticizing Jackson, I was referring to the man’s alleged tactics and current affluent lifestyle. If true, Rev. Jackson’s alleged “shakedown” tactics as head of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition are hard to stomach. It all falls in line with your comment about him appearing “self-serving”. Whether true or not, it is certianly the perception.

    I will look up Dyson and West…thanks for the tips. I always enjoy learning about new people and new ideas.

    Again, thanks for the spirited discussion. It’s hard to find people willing to talk poltics, religion, philosophy, economic theory with in depth. People are afraid of hurting others’ feelings. But it’s in the discussion that I learn others’ perspectives and learn new things. Love it!

    P.S. We have GOT to play together again. I miss it.


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