**CONTENT WARNING: The picture below is very offensive, but is part of our history, though obviously not one of America’s finest moments. There’s no doubt we’ve come a long way since then.
In the last post, I mentioned the little-known connection between the National Rifle Association and the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s, and how the NRA encouraged and helped to train Blacks in the safe use of firearms in defending themselves against the violence of the KKK. As it turns out, a man named Clayton Cramer has been researching and writing about the Second Amendment for many years, and I came across an article that he wrote titled, “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”. It’s a little on the long side, but interesting reading, especially in light of the constant attacks that the Second Amendment has been facing in recent months. It’s never the people we’re so often told it is who are the real racists that want to take away rights and control the lives of others.
Which brings me to this topic as what’s usually known as Black History Month draws to a close. I don’t really like that designation too much because I believe that history is history…it’s all of ours. It’s just American history—the good, the bad and the ugly.
The media and political hacks of today would have us believe that one party is for Civil Rights and one is not; that one is for the “working class” and the other only wants to help the rich; that one is pro-immigrant while the other party is against all immigration; and that one party wants to make voting as easy as possible for everyone and the other party wants to disenfranchise Blacks, Hispanics, low income people and the elderly.
When you go digging around for long-forgotten truths from history, you’re sure to find something. Sometimes it’s intentionally forgotten by the elitists in academia who currently write the history books. Take a look at this campaign poster from the 1866 governor’s race in Pennsylvania:
This poster was one in a series of racist posters used by the Democrat candidate against his Republican opponent to slam the Republican Party for its support of Black voting rights. Here’s another one that can be found in the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008661700/
You won’t see this information on the Democrat National Committee’s website under their “About Us” tab. Despite their deeply racist roots and lack of support for Black voting rights that is their heritage, Democrats now get about 95 percent of the votes of Black Americans. It may surprise some of these people that many of those whose lives they celebrate during this month in particular every year, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver were all Republicans.
The party of President Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator, was started in the 1850’s as an anti-slavery party, particularly to promote the idea of no new slave states in the emerging territories in the West. Freed slaves willingly joined the Republican Party, which continued to hold the Black vote until FDR came along with his New Deal policies in the 1930’s. Not just Blacks, but working class Whites then voted in huge numbers, shifting the balance of power to Democrats for quite a long time after. By the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, there were majorities of Democrats in both the House and Senate. In spite of that fact, the Act would not have passed but for the votes of Republicans, as all of the Southern Democrats voted against it (including former VP Al Gore’s father Albert Gore, Sr. from Tennessee). That’s just another little gem of truth that gets ignored by today’s revisionist media.
This power shift in the Black vote from Republican to Democrat in the 1930’s reminds me of a quote that’s often attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
It seems the end has been coming for a very long time. Let’s hope and pray for another change in course before it’s too late.