by Beth Tacerly
For decades Americans have learned of a Republican Party that is intolerant, racist, and close minded. Many historians over the years have pushed back on this false narrative, because they have recognized that the past tells us a much different story.
This is what the Democrat Party is responsible for:
- A civil war caused by their secession from the Union in which they fought in defense of slavery. All told, this war took over 700,000 lives.
- Local and state Jim Crow segregationist laws that kept blacks and whites separate from one another in Deep South States.
- The founding of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a paramilitary wing of their party. As we know, the KKK is a vile, racist, and evil American domestic terror organization.
- The jailing of suffragettes who were pushing for the right to vote under the Woodrow Wilson Democrat Administration.
- The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II by the Franklin Roosevelt Democrat Administration.
- Less support of Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation than Republicans in the Congress throughout the 1960s.
The strategy of “flipping the script” on Republicans is one that has been used by democrats for decades now. They’re very good at it too. How good? Well the party of slavery and Jim Crow (the democrats) garnered 92% of the African-American vote in the Presidential Election of 2016. That’s how good they are at it.
Speaking of the Election of 2016, they “flipped the script” on Russia. It was the Democrat National Committee that colluded with foreign actors to create a phony dossier so as to take down a presidential candidate, president-elect, and eventually a president. They colluded with the Russians, but they “flipped the script” to try and make everyone believe that Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians. Did it work? Yes it did, to an extent. It created a special counsel that investigated the president for over two years and found nothing on him, but the ideas of speculation lingered as the investigation went on.
Kamala Harris tried to “flip the script” last night on former Vice President Joe Biden at the Second Round of Democrat Debates. She spoke of Biden as being dead wrong in his opposition to busing in 1975. Harris went on to talk about being bused to some of her schools in California. However she neglects to mention that by the time she was being bused, California schools had been integrated for years. She never benefited from busing as a tool for integration, but many Americans now think she did. And there’s nothing wrong with being against busing. The majority of African American families in the 1960s and 1970s hated it. People have a right to be able to have choice when it comes to their children’s education.
Harris received praise from some California lawmakers after the debate, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, who tweeted, “America saw tonight what I’ve seen for 25 years. Couldn’t be more proud of Kamala Harris.” But Harris’s story of integration is more complex than she made it out to be. While it’s true she was among the second class of students at Thousand Oaks Elementary School to participate in a fully integrated busing program, she was far from the first black child to attend the school. Data from the Berkeley Unified School District shows the school had 15 black students in 1963 — a year before Harris was born. They represented 3% of the total elementary school student body, while other schools in the district had a black population as high as 97%. A fierce advocate of integration, Neil Sullivan moved to California 1964 to take over as superintendent. In the subsequent years, a task force reported to him to address the de facto segregation in the community. In 1967, Sullivan’s team drafted a plan for all elementary schools to have black representation between 35% and 45%. By that time, the district had already desegregated its secondary schools — grades 7 to 12. Black representation had grown slightly in the early-1960s. By 1967, the district considered its schools to be “partially desegregated,” but still “making progress toward racial integration,” according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee. The records show one in ten students at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in 1967 were black. “These schools shall be totally desegregated in September, 1968, and we might make history on that day,” Sullivan said in a May 1967 education board meeting. After a pilot program and the launch of a formal busing program that fall, the schools had been more evenly divided. During the first year of the program — a year before Harris arrived in 1969 — black enrollment jumped from 10% to 37%. The district’s data shows an increase in black representation at Thousand Oaks from 37% to 41% by the end of Harris’s first year of school. Harris’s campaign did not respond to specific questions about the senator’s comments but reaffirmed the fact that she entered Thousand Oaks Elementary School in the fall of 1969 — the second year of full integration for the district’s elementary schools.Bryan Andersen of the Sacramento Bee