- Oct 8, 2009
This shows the borderline racism attaching to Obama. I do not particularly like the guy but this is a bit extreme.
Wrong. The big growth in the KKK was in the early 20s from their traditional base in (the solidly Democrat) southern states into the Republican Mid - West.The KKK were Democrats.
Wrong. The big growth in the KKK was in the early 20s from their traditional base in (the solidly Democrat) southern states into the Republican Mid - West.
This is a very interesting video about the KKK in Indiana in the 20s and the way they captured the state Republican party. Also in northern states in this period the main victims of the Klan's bigotry were Catholics, immigrants, Jews and socialists as the black population of these states at the time was very low. The video deals with the Anti - Irish and anti - Catholic nature of the Klan in northern Indiana.
[Notre Dame vs. the Klan] - C-SPAN Video Library
True enough, and Michael Steele might run in 2012.I don't care about the KKK, it is just more dirty tactics from the Democrates attempting to paint the Republicans as racists.
Many people forgot that if only 10years ago Colin Powells wife handn't been seriously ill the Republicans and not the Democrates would have provided the first African American president!
You've just stated the same incorrect fact twice despite evidence to the contrary.True enough, and Michael Steele might run in 2012.
The Republicans had the black vote until the 1930s, up until 1935 every single black representative of either house was a Republican.
The KKK were always Democrats, dixiecrats maybe but Dems nonetheless. It was the GOP who ended slavery and made the first Civil Rights noises in the 1950s under Eisenhower (which were blocked by Dems incidentally).
I haven't had a chance to look at the link yet so hadn't replied to your point but will look at it now.You've just stated the same incorrect fact twice despite evidence to the contrary.
There is truth in what you say but applying that to the present, and to the last fifty years of American history, we can see that the Republican Party used race in a major way to gain white votes in the south. Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' saw a lot of the Dixiecrats switch sides during this period. People like Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott all started out as Democrats but switched to the Republican Party. Kennedy and Johnson's civil rights legislation played a major role in this.I haven't had a chance to look at the link yet so hadn't replied to your point but will look at it now.
Given the huge popularity of the clan in the 1920s it's unsurprising that membership eventually crossed political lines. Given too that the liberal vs. conservative divide hadn't really taken place yet it would be unsurprising to find racists and nativists across both parties. The 1920s was also the period of rebirth following the release of the movie "the Birth of a Nation", and considering the zeitgeist of the 1920s its popularity can be understood.
The Klan though, is far more closely associated with the Democratic party than the Republicans, and originated to prevent blacks from voting - because blacks voted Republican.