By: Gabriel E. Miller
As far back as anyone could remember, the Democratic Party has always been there to fight for justice and equality. At least, that’s what we’re told to believe by people who take part in it. Yet this rhetoric doesn’t concur with the true history of the Democrats. It’s time to put to rest these “alternative facts”.
The Democrats were founded in part by later President Andrew Jackson. Jackson was no stranger to the maltreatment of people of color. His famous “Indian Removal Act” displaced hundreds of thousands of Native Americans and sent them on a harsh journey westward known as the “Trail of Tears”.
In the famous Dred Scott v. Standford case, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision was given by Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Democrat, that slaves weren’t citizens of the United States, but property and Congress didn’t hold the power to prohibit slavery in the territories. The decision was 7-2, where the two dissenting judges, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, and John McLean were both Republicans.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). In fact, the racist film, “The Birth of a Nation”, was the first film ever showed in the White House, it depicted the members of this hate group as heroes to defend the South. Wilson supported same the Klansmen who targeted and killed Black Americans as well as Republicans who defended their fellow citizens.
In fact, the racist film, “The Birth of a Nation”, was the first film ever showed in the White House, it depicted the members of this hate group as heroes to defend the South. Wilson and the Klansmen were Democrats who targeted and killed Black Americans as well as Republicans who defended their fellow citizens.
In the film, Wilson himself is quoted as saying, “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation… until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country”.
The first “Grand Wizard” of the KKK was Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate general during the American Civil War, who was also a Democrat.
Margaret Sanger helped create Planned Parenthood. While it is unclear if she was a Democrat, she did attend and spoke to a woman’s branch of the KKK. She also famously said, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Sanger was also a known eugenicist, another famed supporter in this idea was none other than Adolf Hitler himself. The American Eugenics movement that Sanger was so proud to be apart of was where Hitler had inspiration for his “Master Race”, according to Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet in an Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Article.
There are those who hide behind the idea that it was in fact President Franklin D. Roosevelt who threw down the shackles of oppression with his New Deal. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Jim Powell wrote an article for the CATO Institute, titled, “Why Did FDR’s New Deal Harm Blacks?” An excerpt from the article reads:
“The Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933) aimed to help farmers by cutting farm production and forcing up food prices. Less production meant less work for thousands of poor black sharecroppers. In addition, blacks were among the 100 million consumers forced to pay higher food prices because of the AAA.”
Even when Democratic President John F. Kennedy was a senator, he voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act, along with Democratic with Senator Al Gore.
PBS wrote in an article titled The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, “The Democratic Party identified itself as the ‘white man’s party’ and demonized the Republican Party as being ‘Negro dominated”‘.
The Latino population in the United States are also very supportive of the Democratic Party. Yet during the 2016 Presidential Election race, Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails were hacked and revealed that he repeatedly referred to Latinos as “needy”.
As of this Saturday, President Donald Trump proposed to end the government shutdown, by granting 700,000 “Dreamers” another three years of protection in exchange for $5.7 billion to build the wall he promised. His proposal also granted, 300,000 immigrants under Temporary Protection Status a three-year extension as well.
According to the New York Post, Nancy Pelosi “was quick to reject the offer”. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was also opposed to this proposal, yet no solutions were suggested from them. Schumer called this “more hostage taking”, yet protection is being offered to the people who they claim to support. So who are the Democrats really fighting for, or do they seek more control? It isn’t the American people as they cry about people not receiving federal benefits or pay, yet they offer no solution.
It is quite ironic that most minorities seem to identify with the Democratic Party. Statistics provided by the Pew Research Center show that 90 percent of Black Americans, 69 percent of Hispanics, and 77 percent of Asians who voted in the 2018 Midterm Election, voted for Democrats.