For 100 years after the Civil War, won by Republican Lincoln’s generals, the Democratic Party in the South was anti-black. It was successful Dems in office that produced the terrible Jim Crow laws.
They believed that blacks were inferior/ whites better, so that it was acceptable to treat blacks differently, and worse. The Republicans, more oriented towards individuals, were always mildly against this Dem racism. In the Civil Rights Act of 1964, here are the votes:
Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Vote statistics
- The Original House Version: 290-130
- The Senate Version: 73-27
- The Senate Version, as voted on by the House: 289-126
By Party: The Original House Version:
- Democratic Party: 153-96
- Republican Party: 138-34
The Senate Version:
- Democratic Party: 46-22
- Republican Party: 27-6
The Senate Version, voted on by the House:
- Democratic Party: 153-91
- Republican Party: 136-35
By Party and Region:
The Original House Version:
- Southern Democrats: 7-87
- Southern Republicans: 0-10
- Northern Democrats: 145-9
- Northern Republicans: 138-24
The Senate Version:
- Southern Democrats: 1-21
- Southern Republicans: 0-1
- Northern Democrats: 46-1
- Northern Republicans: 27-5
"The Congressional Quarterly of June 26, 1964 recorded that in the Senate, only 69 percent of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as compared to 82 percent of Republicans (27 for, 6 against). All southern Democratic senators voted against the act. [...] In the House of Representatives, 61 percent of Democrats (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act; 92 of the 103 Southern Democrats voted against it. Among Republicans, 80 percent (138 for, 34 against) voted for it." link
These totals primarily show the anti-black racism of the Dems. “Because blacks are inferior, the society is allowed to treat them worse,” seems the ideology.
Today, it seems there has been a huge change. But not in the inferiority issue, instead on what it means. Today, PC Democrats demand that “victims should be treated better by society than non-victims”. And, “blacks have been victims of whites.” Thus, the PC Dems demand that “black victims should be treated better by society than whites.”
It’s almost as if the Dems now think, “because blacks are inferior, we need to treat them better.” No change in the superiority racism of group identity politics, but a big change in what it means. Under Jim Crow, inferiority meant worse treatment. Under Dem PC, inferiority means victimhood, means better treatment. In no case do the Dems believe in equal treatment.
While the racist Dems still seem to believe that blacks are inferior — they are not allowed to speak this, nor allow anybody else to speak it. “Being a victim” replaces “being inferior” as a reason to treat groups differently. Affirmative Action, which can also be called Affirmative Racism. Unequal treatment.
Republicans are generally against group rights and identity politics OTHER than legal Americans being different than non-Americans. The vast majority of Reps want to follow ML King’s ideal of judging each human as person based on their individual characteristics, not their group identities.
I know I do. I’ve been reading a lot of Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic, a thinking Leftist), so have been thinking about this more.
Republicans are generally against group identity / different treatment.
With black Obama in the White House, maybe we can begin to dismantle the Affirmative Racism which has been stealing accountability from so much of the black community. They need self respect, which cannot be given by gov’t programs.
Better work habits would be good too, but that’s true of most people, including me.