In today’s election climate, there’s little that the opposite sides of the political spectrum can agree on. Fortunately most do agree that the history of the KKK is filled with horrific violence, unseemly doctrine, and a racist philosophy that has no place in American culture. What most don’t seem to understand though is the political history of the KKK.
For example, most don’t know that the KKK was actually started by Democrats. Its members waged war using intimidation and violence, targeting black and white Republicans. It’s unlikely that’s taught in public schools or during Democrat party get-out-the-vote efforts. In fact, dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the very first KKK Grand Wizard once said:
“I have never voted for any man who was not a regular Democrat.
He said that because the Republican party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, was founded with a goal of fighting slavery. Many famous and influential people in the history of this nation were proud Republicans, and many were also black. Frederick Douglas, for example, said:
“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any party than the party of freedom and progress.”
Here are a few other important points as we move through history:
- Gun control and racism have been linked for many years with the Democrats playing a big role in an effort to disarm minorities.
- Democrats wrote the Jim Crow laws that segregated the south.
- George Wallace, Democrat Governor of Alabama, famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to prevent black students from enrolling. He unleashed fire hoses and police dogs on peaceful black protesters. He was clearly a staunch segregationist, stating:
“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
- Here’s a classy gem from Lyndon Johnson, Democrat President of the United States.
“I’ll have those (derogatory term) voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”
- Harry Truman, Democrat President of the United States, a Klansman.
- Robert Byrd, Democrat Senator from West Virginia organized a chapter of the KKK, lead that chapter and was later elected “Exalted Cyclops.” We’re not sure what that title means but it either refers to a high ranking KKK position or he had no depth perception.
The reason we got to the point today where the KKK is even being discussed in the media, in spite of its paltry and insignificant membership, is because David Duke said one thing positive about Donald Trump. By the way, Duke did not endorse Trump. In fact he said he didn’t trust Trump due to his connections with Israel.
By the way David Duke is a long time Democrat and ran for several offices as a Democrat.
Racism is a shameful mark on the history of this nation and although huge strides have been made, there’s no doubt that we have a chance to continue moving in the right direction. Maybe it’s time for the Democrats to start accepting responsibility for their own contributions to the horrific history of racism and injustice. That chance, though, is likely zero.