It was Ben Kinchlow, founder of Americans for Israel and longtime cohost of CBN's "The 700 Club," who said "the most dangerous citizen is not armed, but uninformed."
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And even three years after publication the book is currently among Amazon's top 500 books in overall sales, and it was the No. 1 "Mover & Shaker" over the weekend.
Here are 10 interesting and important nuggets of wisdom from Kinchlow's "Black Yellowdogs:"
- The first official legal slaveholder in the American colonies was Anthony Johnson, a black man.In 1654 Johnson took his black indentured servant, John Casor, to court, alleging he had actually purchased Casor as a slave who was meant to serve Johnson for life. The court ruled in Johnson's favor, and as Kinchlow noted, this appeared to be the first legal sanction of slavery, except as punishment for a crime, in the English New World colonies.In fact, black ownership of slaves was not uncommon in the early part of U.S. history. According to the 1830 U.S. Census, of the 10,689 free blacks living in New Orleans, more than 3,000 were slave masters.
- The Republican Party was founded on opposition to slavery.It was a group of likeminded citizens in Wisconsin who formed a new political party in 1854 for the express purpose of stopping the spread of slavery into the federal territories. Of the 17 planks in the early Republican Party platform, seven directly or indirectly called for the abolition of slavery.
- The so-called "Radical Republicans" were considered radical because they favored not only the abolition of slavery, but complete equality for the newly freed slaves.Kinchlow noted the 1860s were long before the days of political correctness. The "Radical Republicans" had very little to gain by supporting the rights of ex-slaves to full citizenship. Moreover, it was a racist Democratic president, Andrew Johnson, who repeatedly rejected congressional Republicans’ attempts to assist the freed slaves.
- In the immediate post-Civil War years, some Democrats did not believe a black man was capable of writing a good speech.Black congressman Robert Brown Elliott, R-S.C., once debated several Democratic opponents over a civil rights bill on the floor of the U.S. House. Democrats could not refute his argument on its merits, so they charged that Elliott had not actually written his floor speech. They argued a Negro by himself "could accomplish nothing of literary excellence."
- Almost 30 percent of Ku Klux Klan victims were white.The Klan targeted white Republicans for being "n----- lovers" who wanted to help blacks secure their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Meanwhile, the KKK became a significant Democratic constituency group, helping to elect legislators, sheriffs, judges and mayors who went on to become Klan members.
- Democrats, either by filibuster or committee, never allowed a single federal anti-lynching measure to become law.When the House passed an anti-lynching bill in 1922, southern Democrats killed it, arguing it was unconstitutional because it interfered with state and local authority. House Democrats also filibustered to death anti-lynching measures in 1937 and 1940.
- In the 1876 presidential election, 99 percent of blacks voted Republican.Black Democrats were so rare that one congressman mentioned his encounter with one recorded in the Congressional Record in 1868. Meanwhile, 90 percent of blacks voted Democrat in the 2000 election.
- A majority of blacks actually agree with Republicans on many public policy issues.Kinchlow reported a majority of blacks supported school prayer, education vouchers, faith-based initiatives, the death penalty, and English as the official U.S. language. Meanwhile, polls indicated a majority of blacks opposed same-sex "marriage," the legalization of pot and even race-based affirmative action.
- The NAACP sued then-Gov. Bill Clinton in 1989 for violating the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.A three-judge panel in Arkansas ordered Clinton to redraw electoral districts to allow blacks greater voting strength. This was the man considered "our first black president."
- Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at greater rates than Democrats did.This was true in both the House and Senate. House Republicans out-supported Democrats on the Civil Rights Act 81 to 60 percent and on the Voting Rights Act 85 to 80 percent. Senate Republicans out-supported Democrats on the Civil Rights Act 82 to 60 percent and on the Voting Rights Act 97 to 74 percent.
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