Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican?
I sure didn’t – till I read Ronald Kessler’s arresting column on the Internet just recently. He was liberally quoting Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, in which she was describing the Democrat Party as the “architect of modern day racism.”
This was just the first of many fascinating and surprising accusations from someone who is certainly in a position to know what she’s talking about. She’s a retired Army lieutenant colonel and lawyer, and she avers that it was Republicans who pushed through much of the ground-breaking civil rights legislation in Congress – and that the GOP still stands for empowering blacks to help them out of poverty, more than the Democrats. In contrast, she says, the liberal party pushes programs that keep her fellow blacks dependent on government handouts and temporary “fixes,” and encourages them to see themselves as victims.
She even charges that in every election cycle, Democrat operatives fan out into the black communities and preach hatred against the Republican Party, to get them to cast protest votes against perceived prejudice. And this activity has succeeded insidiously, convincing several generations of black Americans that the Democrat Party is their only hope. The party strategists’ fear is that “once blacks become prosperous, the Democrats will lose their power base.”
Frances Rice co-founded the NBRA in 2005 with the mission of returning African-Americans to the party of Abraham Lincoln and their more logical roots. The organization has grown quickly, from an initial five members to over a thousand, and counting! It publishes a quarterly glossy magazine, The Black Republican, and has a website. I won’t quote all the charges Rice makes as a successful and able black woman, because they are, frankly, incendiary. But she backs them up with facts.
One thing she points out is that most black people are completely unaware that from its founding in 1854, as the anti-slavery party, the Republican Party has always been at the “forefront of the struggle for civil rights, which is why Dr. King was himself a Republican.” It was Republicans who fought slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship and the right to vote. They also pushed through much of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation from the 1860s through the 1960s, Rice says.
On the other hand, it was Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., who unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators, she reminds us. And Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox “brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. And Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be segregation forever. In 1954, Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools … but Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sent troops into the South to desegregate the schools and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.” She asks, “Have most black Americans ever been taught any of this? Of course not.”
And neither, she points out, have most blacks ever known that it was Democrats, “fighting to keep blacks in slavery and away from the polls, who started the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize them. And they fought civil rights legislation for years!”
Why am I chronicling all this? Well, this is an extremely crucial election year, unprecedented in its implications. A vast majority of media attention is consistently focused on the Democrat race, with its leading contenders a young black man and a middle-aged woman; one will win the nomination, and the predominantly liberal media will pull out all the stops, employing all its biased wiles and influence to push that nominee into the presidency.
Much of the necessary reporting of the Republican campaign will seem dull and perfunctory, with a hoped-for Democrat victory seemingly inevitable.
I’m intrigued, though, by a cross current of political thought and action, also unprecedented, not being reported at all by mainstream media. Like the information above, it’s a growing rejection of Democrat claims by informed and activist black Americans.
For years, I’ve been aware of this advancing phenomenon. I was an Alan Keyes supporter in his first bid for the presidency. Before that, in 1976 I was a Reagan delegate to the Republican convention, and was actively stumping for the GOP to find, nurture and put forward black candidates for every elected office! I kept saying, “We’re the party of Lincoln. Why shouldn’t we be the ones that create the opportunities for the best qualified black candidates?” And I fervently hoped Gen. Colin Powell would accept our call, though he declined, not wanting to face the howling opposition and dirty tricks of presidential campaigning.
Another dynamic leader I’ve met is Rev. Wayne Perryman, a black fact-finding investigator and author of “Unfounded Loyalty: An In-depth Look Into the Love Affair Between Blacks and Whites.” He’s a dedicated Christian minister, and from his vantage point, just like that of Martin Luther King, he feels that history reveals where black citizens in this country have found their true support. For him and others, like J.C. Watts, former congressman from Oklahoma, Jesse Lee Peterson, radio host and publisher, and an array of other influential black leaders like Ward Connelly and Larry Elder, it’s very troubling to see their brothers and sisters being led along like sheep by liberal promises that are tempting but not real answers for their best future.
Next time, I want to focus here on Rev. Perryman’s findings and allegations; that will be worth some space. But for now, my point is that we Americans, all of us, need to step back and take an objective look at our past as well as to the immediate future – to the trends and actions and influences that have brought us to this election year. There are serious differences between the candidates, their ambitions and abilities, and the goals of the two parties.
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