Civil Rights: A Look At The History Of The Republican Party

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -Malcolm X

Are Republicans racist? With Donald Trump as the face of the
The Republican party, is there any doubt? The party is without scruples
and void of integrity. Their supporters believe white people are
superior yet somehow are being persecuted and people of color are to
blame.

This racist ideology was not always the case. Both the party makeup
and its ideology changed over time. In the 19th century, the
The Republican party had little to no support in the South. However, most
black people voted Republicans. We should not get bogged down in
semantics, as yesterday’s Democrats are today’s Republicans.

Reading an article about American-Asians rising support of the
Republican Party, aka Trump, was disillusioning. It is
disappointing when groups of people get on a bandwagon that’s sure to
break down. Later it occurred, the news could be wholly false and
meant to deceive gullible Asian-Americans into supporting Republican
causes. Who knows? We live in an era where the truth is seldom stated
in public.

The Republican Party was not always the racist party or the party of
the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis. The party was founded in 1854 by
abolitionists. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican US
President,1861-1865, and is best known for the Emancipation
Proclamation, an executive order issued on January 1, 1863, freeing
slaves. Let’s be clear, the Republican party was not against slavery
because they championed social justice or felt slavery morally wrong; no
the party’s motives were economic and political. The South had
seceded and Lincoln and company wanted to remove their economic
advantage of cheap labor. Further, the Republicans wanted the black
vote.

In 1793, The Democratic Party was founded, over a half century before the Republican Party, in the South by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. From the beginning, the Democrats distrusted big government and supported slavery. The first Ku Klux Klan members were Democrats. The Democratic Party was the face of the solid south. The concepts of “state rights” and “traditional” values were code words in support of white supremacy.

Following the Civil Rights War and Reconstruction, the South returned
to its old ways of exploiting black bodies. By pushing for State
rights, the south was able to change the packaging on slavery by
creating ‘Jim Crow laws’. These laws employed structural racism to
insure black people remained at the bottom, serving the needs of white
people. The strategy was ‘Separate but Equal.’ Everyone knew ‘Equal’
was not true. Jim Crow was the law of the South after Reconstruction
up until the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In 1948, the southern democrats separated within the democratic party
and became known as the Dixiecrats. The Dixiecrats wanted to uphold
states rights to enforce Jim Crow laws to maintain white supremacy.

President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, signed The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Johnson’s support of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 led the solid south to vote for Barry Goldwater, a
Republican. In 1968, the Republicans came up with the Southern
Strategy to woo white voters. The Southern Strategy emphasized “state
rights” and “no integration.” As in the Civil War, these concepts were
codes for maintaining white supremacy through structural racism.

The strategy worked! The outcome was the migration of the South block
politicians to the Republican Party. The Dixiecrats led by Strom
Thurmond officially left the Democratic Party in 1964 and joined the
Republican Party. The increasing conservatism of the Republican Party,
and increasing liberalism of the Democratic Party, led white Southern
Democrats to vote Republican.

Today the GOP is represented by Trump, who while  popular
among racists at home and abroad, has come to symbolize everything that
is sinister, racist and lacking in human decency.  Popular traditional media would have you think differently.

Will separating children from families seeking asylum make America great?  Ask yourself does this Republican Party represent the values of the American people?

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -Malcolm X

#FacesOfRacism
#SocialJusticeNPoliticalParties
#StructuralRacismNPoliticalParties

References:

Butterfield, Fox. All God’s Children.

How Republicans and Democrats switched on civil rights

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Man Who Likened Himself To George Zimmerman Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Lukace Kendle
Lukace Kendle. Found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

Twenty-nine year old Lukace Kendle is going to prison. Friday, he was convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm and attempted murder in the June 1, 2012, shooting that killed Kijuan Byrd, 29, and paralyzed Michael Smathers, 38. Kendle faces life behind bars.

Smathers, who is paralyzed from Kendle’s bullets, testified at the trial that after barbecuing, he and Michael Smathers went to Club Rol-lexx to shoot pool. They played a few games and watched the Miami Heat game, then left the Club and went to Smather’s truck in the parking lot to smoke a joint. They had planned to go back inside the club.

Kendle showed up, parking in a tight spot next to Smathers’ truck. He got out of his car and put on an all-black uniform with a vest, baton, gloves, a knife, ammunition and his gun…

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Remembering Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for a better day

A reblog to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. This reblog has a link to MLK’s speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/058.html), it is worth reading. His words are relevant today as well as inspiring. America engaged in different types of war all over the world, wonder what MLK would say? Read the speech.

through the luminary lens

Martin Luther king Jr. - photo by Dick DeMarsico - reproduction rights transferred to Library pf Congress. No copyright restriction known

MLK bumper sticker - bruce witzel photo

Art from Tubac Arizona (edited) - painting entitled Grief Knows No Boundaries - artist unknown

Or the full 53 min. audio recording ]

Living Memorial Sculpture Garden - created by Vietnam veteran and sculptural artist Denis Smith - photo by Bruce Witzel

Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Fresno California May 29, 2010 - bruce witzel photo

Memorial at Weed, California - bruce witzel photo

Living Memorial Sculpture Garden near Weed california

Girl in Mexico City, Oct. 1991 - Bruce Witzel photo

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At the Getty Villa - bruce witzel photo

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TUSKEGEE SYPHILIS STUDY: An Unethical Experiment Using African-American Men

Tuskegee Syphilis Study:  An Unethical Experiment Using African-American Men

For 40 years, public health professionals violated their solemn medical oath (“To do no harm”). They conducted an experiment  known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in Macon County, Alabama, on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, that was eventually found to be “ethically unjustified”.   Eventually!

The experiment started in 1932 when the Public Health Service, in conjunction with Tuskegee Institute, conducted an experiment to study the natural progression of syphilis titled the ‘Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male’.

As you are likely to already know, syphilis  is a sexually-transmitted disease and is particularly nasty. No-one would volunteer to suffer this disease for science.

The Deceit:

None of the Black males in the study, or their families, were informed of the true nature or purpose of the study. Researchers lied and told them they were being treated for “bad blood”. There was no treatment! In exchange for their participation, the participants received “free medical exams, free meals and burial insurance.” How conveniently generous?

The study enrolled 600 men, 399 had syphilis and the 201 who did not were the ‘control subjects’. Most were illiterate and poor sharecroppers. In 1932, there was no cure or effective treatment for syphilis, but in 1947 the antibiotic penicillin became standard treatment. This actual cure for syphilis was withheld from both groups in the study. Withheld! Published reports clearly showed the men with syphilis were dying at a rate faster than those uninfected, an indication to stop the study and administer treatment.   Still the experiment continued and treatment not given for another 25 years.

As per Wikipedia on the History of Syphilis:

In the 1960s, Peter Buxtun sent a letter to the CDC, who controlled the study, expressing concern about the ethics of letting hundreds of black men die of a disease that could be cured. The CDC asserted that it needed to continue the study until all of the men had died. In 1972, Buxton went to the mainstream press…

Associated Press broke the story of the experiment that let not only Black men die of a then curable disease, but watched as they infected their wives, offsprings and untold number of others with syphilis. Think about that, the US Public Health Service, the CDC stood by and knowingly watched Black men, women and children infect each other and die from a disease that was not only totally curable but preventable. They watched the spread of syphilis within the community to other men and women, who then gave birth to children with congenital syphilis.

Just muse on that thought.

A subsequent investigation concluded the study was “ethically unjustified”. While the men participated freely, they were MISinformed and never given appropriate treatment for syphilis. As part of a class-action settlement, free medical and burial services were given to survivors of the study, their wives, widows and children. The Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention continues to administer the program through the The Tuskegee Health Benefit Program. Monetary settlement included $37,500 to living participants with syphilis, while heirs of the control group got $5,000.

This study demonstrated once again the exploitation and the appalling abuse of human rights of Blacks by the US government. Were any criminal charges brought against anyone involved in conducting the experiment? Did anyone lose his medical license? Or were any health professionals sued? A sum of $37,500, medical care and an apology on May 16, 1997 by Bill Clinton seem like an incentive to continue such exploitation.

What’s the worse that can happen? A slap on the wrist.

Bill Clinton Apologizes for Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

About the USPHS Syphilis Study

Peter Buxton

Public Accountability and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments: A Restorative Justice Approach

Stigma remains for Tuskegee Syphilis Study descendants

The Tuskegee Timeline

 

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DEVIL’S PUNCH BOWL: The Hidden History Of The Union Army

DEVIL’S PUNCH BOWL: The Hidden History Of The Union Army and The Civil War

Eventually the truth has a habit of coming out...

Here is another of those stories that was never taught in school and intentionally suppressed by MSM. Just when you thought you knew the bad guys, a little history is revealed to demonstrate you don’t.

The more knowledge gained about the history of slavery, and the general history of Black people, the more you will understand why our society is the way it is. Why the truth is a threat to national security? Why we are in the midst of an information war? Why Black people are needed for White America to prosper? This article is not going to answer those questions, however it will share tidbits of Black history not known to most that I hope we will build on over time as more readers share information and knowledge.

Black concentration camp built by the Union Army.
Black concentration camp built by the Union Army.

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You think concentration camps started with the Nazis? Read on…

In the 1860’s, untold numbers of freed slaves were reportedly forced into American concentration camps as they made their way to freedom. They were rounded up and some were lynched, others killed, or many forced back into hard labor and subjected to torture. These contraband camps were hastily built next to Union army camps. Yes Union army! The same group of men who claimed to be fighting to free slaves in the name of humanity.

Did you know the Union army subjected the freed slaves to even worse than slavery? As if that could be fathomed.

Our official educators and the mainstream media have intentionally buried this story and very little detailed information is readily available on searching. This is not surprising as it casts the Union army in a new light, plus makes one re-evaluate the true motive for the Civil War instead of the fairy tale fed to our children in school.

These camps were in Natchez, Mississippi located in an area known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. Here, over 20,000 freed slaves died in this Union army concentration camp. These men, women and children not even given a proper burial. Shovels were left for the living to bury the bodies where they dropped. Can you imagine? Those bodies were buried in the camp where men, women and children lived.

Black people, overjoyed at being free at last, only to be forced into conditions worse than they had left. It was something none of them could have conceived. Thousands actually begged to return to slavery. No wonder some call this ‘The Black Holocaust’!

Obama allocated millions of dollars in reparations to Jewish survivors of The Holocaust. Will Black people get reparations for the suffering, torture and murder inflicted upon them by White America? Affirmative action was a quasi-reparation to Blacks for years of chronic discrimination in America. Today, the mere mention of the word is a source of deep resentment among Whites that spill over into suits about reverse discrimination. And that’s another story.

Next time you are asked to choose between Republicans and Democrats, remember the Union army’s role in building concentration camps for freed slaves and the Confederate army’s role in supporting slavery. Same coin, just two different sides. Don’t we see a bit of that today in the US Government?

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20K Blacks Died In Concentration Camp Called The Devil’s Punchbowl In Natchez, Mississippi:

7 Shameful Examples of Concentration Camps Created for Black People

 

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FFT: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.  -Muhammad Ali

Food For Thought: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

Don’t dream of becoming a doctor! That is not big dream enough! Dream bigger! Dream of curing cancer and in the process become a doctor.

Since age 5 or 6, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. Why? I don’t know; perhaps, I desired to help people since that was my nature. Deciding my future at that early age paved a path that I was prepared to navigate. It made choices easy and the sacrifices expected.

When I became a doctor, dreaming stopped. I worked hard and got into the routine of living life: A working single mom raising two active, athletic boys. Also, after 20+ years in clinical medicine, I felt unchallenged. Patient care required minimal brain power and more clerical skills as the years passed.

I wasn’t prepared to leave medicine, wasn’t ready to be a patient and hadn’t thought about a future without medicine. The first few years of leaving medicine, I felt useless; my education had no value. I knew nothing but medicine. Here I was starting over at my age. It took years for me to figure out what I wanted. It wasn’t easy and took time. The earlier you start planning your future, the better your chances of success, happiness, and inner peace.

If your children are older like mine, remind them to dream big then dream bigger. When you remind them, it doesn’t matter if it seems impossible and they ignore you, continue to tell them anyway. They listen if you repeat it often enough. If your child comes up with something that seems impossible, don’t knock reality into them. Encourage them to dream even bigger. Have confidence they will figure it out.

For those lucky enough to have babies that’s the best time to start preparing your child to dream big by giving them the confidence to dream big and then bigger.  #DreamBig

Dream Big then Bigger
Dream Big then Bigger

 

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After attorneys uncover racial profiling, charges dropped in almost 50 Minneapolis marijuana stings

In a fascinating case of addressing impact rather than intention, district attorney in Minneapolis have dismissed felony marijuana charges against 47 people, 46 of whom are black, and halted future low-level sting operations. The racial disparity was brought to light in late May, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, and shockingly, the powers that be took swift action.
— Read on m.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/8/1770332/-After-attorneys-uncover-racial-profiling-charges-dropped-in-almost-50-Minneapolis-marijuana-stings

It’s rare to read an article where a police department responded appropriately. Minneapolis Police Chief, Medaria Arradondo, ended sting operations on low-level marijuana crimes when presented with stats showing incontrovertible evidence of racial profiling. #ThePowerOfData