Paul R. Hollrah
Just Because He’s BlackIn 1938, after
receiving a majority vote in the House of Representatives, a bill to
outlaw lynching was filibustered by Senate Democrats. One Democrat,
Senator Claude Pepper, of Florida, said in the course of a six-hour
filibuster, "Mr. President, the crime of lynching...is not of sufficient
importance to justify this legislation.”
October 14, 2008
In a 1946 letter to the
Grand Wizard of the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan, Democrat Robert C. Byrd,
the current President Pro Tem of the United States Senate, wrote, "I am
a former Kleagle (recruiter) of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County...The
Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth
here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted
immediately and in every state in the union.” Byrd was elected to the
U.S. Senate in 1959 and is currently serving his ninth consecutive term.
In a 1961 speech,
Senator Richard Russell (D-GA) said, "I have never seen very many white
people who felt they were being imposed upon or being subjected to any
second-class citizenship if they were directed to a waiting room or to
any other public facility to wait or to eat with other white people.
Only the Negroes, of all the races which are in this land, publicly
proclaim they are being mistreated, imposed upon, and declared
second-class citizens because they must go to public facilities with
members of their own race.” The Russell Senate Office Building in
Washington, the oldest of three senate office buildings, is named after
Following a poor
showing in the 1983 Iowa presidential straw poll, Senator Ernest F.
Hollings (D-SC) said, "Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it
for the Law of the Sea conferences and you’d find these potentates from
down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just
come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.” Hollings served as
chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee from 1987-95 and from 2001-03.
In a 2007 speech, vice
presidential candidate Joseph Biden (D-DE) said in referring to Senator
Barack Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who
is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.” Implying
what? That previous black candidates...Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm,
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Senator Carol Moseley
Braun...were all radical, inarticulate, ignorant, unclean, and ugly?
And finally, it is only
fair that African Americans should know where the New York Times,
the principal mouthpiece of the Democrat Party, stood on racial issues a
In a May 10, 1900
editorial titled "The Political Future of the South," the
Times editors wrote that southern Democrats had implemented a
"deliberate policy of suppressing the Negro vote,” and that they had
been "forced to choose between a policy of manifest injustice toward the
blacks and the horrors of Negro rule.” The Times concluded that, to
disfranchise the black vote was "manifestly the lesser of two evils.”
Since the Times
is not known for its willingness to apologize for or to reverse its
editorial positions, one must assume that the Times still
believes in "the horrors of Negro rule.”
In 1854, in Ripon,
Wisconsin, a group of anti-slavery Democrats met to found a new
political party dedicated to ending the national shame of slavery. That
party was the Republican Party.
In the years that
followed, Americans fought a bloody civil war over the issue of slavery.
It was a war that pitted north against south, Republican against
Democrat, family against family, and brother against brother. When the
war ended, Republicans sponsored the 13th, 14th,
and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, banning slavery and
giving blacks citizenship and the right to vote. Democrats gave blacks
Jim Crow laws and the Black Codes, which established for whom blacks
could or could not work, the type of work they could do, evening
curfews, and travel restrictions. Jim Crow and the Black Codes prevailed
through the 1950s and ‘60s.
Republicans enacted the
Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Enforcement Act of 1870, and the Civil
Rights Act of 1875. When Democrats had regained control of the Congress
and the courts they repealed most of the Republican civil rights laws
and had the Civil Rights Act of 1875 declared unconstitutional by a
Democrat-controlled U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1866, Democrats
created the Ku Klux Klan as a paramilitary force to achieve outside the
law those things which they could no longer accomplish within the law.
Republicans responded with the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, designed to put
an end to the Klan’s terrorist activities against blacks and white
Republicans. The Klan remained active throughout most of the 20th
But now, in the same
year that Democrats attempt to take credit for having ended slavery
(It’s no joke. See 2008 Party Platform, Page 7, Line 1)...much as if
Nazis had taken credit for liberating the concentration camps...the
party’s radical left has been successful in nominating a black man, a
man with little experience, a man of little or no real accomplishment,
as the party’s nominee for President of the United States. But is he
Not only is Barack
Obama the most liberal candidate ever nominated by the Democratic Party,
he carries the added burden of being a black man in a party with a long
and sordid history of racial oppression. While the daily tracking polls
reflect a better than even chance of victory for Obama, they fail to
take into account the most significant poll of all...a recent poll
showing that as many as 30% of white Democrats will not vote for a black
These are Democrats who
regularly lie to pollsters about voting for Obama because, as good
Democrats, they know what they’re expected to say. But what they do in
the privacy of the voting booth is an entirely different matter. The
racists in the party have not gone away and they have not been reformed.
Other white Democrats, those of the far left, will vote for Obama, not
because he’s black, but because he promises to transform America into
the socialist paradise for which they have always yearned.
But what is most
alarming and disturbing...given what the two major political parties
have meant to black liberation and black civil rights over the past 154
years...is the percentage of blacks who will cast their votes for Obama,
not on the basis of his background and experience or on his ability to
serve as commander in chief, but...just because he’s black.
It cheapens the memory
of every one of the more than 360,000 men who died in the war to end
slavery, and it cheapens the sacrifice of thousands of blacks and white
Republicans, martyrs all, who’ve died at the end of a Klan rope.
If Obama is elected,
and if his presidency turns out to be the disaster that it is almost
certain to be, the burden of guilt will rest heavily on the shoulders of
black Americans who voted for him for all the wrong reasons.