It’s a bad habit of a lot of Leftists these days to reveal their ignorance of history
A few days ago, the Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins penned “District U-46 Board Member’s Dishonest FB Post About Rep. Ives.” In it, she wrote about the far Lefty Traci O’Neal Ellis, who not only lies about Rep. Jeanne Ives, but also called the Republican National Convention the “Klanvention.” Higgins writes:
Astonishingly, just yesterday afternoon, Ellis posted this on her FB page:
“Oh, and by the way, I absolutely, unequivocally, stand by my comment about the RNC, because, you know, free speech and all. #Klanvention”
If you haven’t already, you should read Laurie Higgins’ article, which includes fun paragraphs like this one:
How does someone get elected to a school board who calls Republicans–including, I assume, her Republican constituents–Klansmen? How would Republican students feel if they knew that one of their school board members believes they’re Klansmen and Klanswomen? Would they feel “safe,” included, and affirmed?
It’s a bad habit of a lot of Leftists these days to reveal their ignorance of history. The Klan was set up after the Civil War as the “resistance” to the “Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks.”
Though Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s.
The secret racist history of the Democratic Party has been given a lot of focus for the past few years — author and film maker Dinesh D’Souza wrote a book and produced a film about it titled, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”
It’s not a happy story, but it’s an important story.
In the book, D’Souza writes:
Contrary to what we learn from progressives in education and the media, the history of the Democratic Party well into the twentieth century is a virtually uninterrupted history of thievery, corruption and bigotry. American history is the story of Democratic malefactors and Republican heroes. …
The Democrats were also the party of slavery, and the slave-owning mentality continues to shape the policies of Democratic leaders today…
[T]he slavery battle was not mainly a North-South issue. It was actually a battle between the pro-slavery Democrats and the anti-slavery Republicans. How can I make such an outrageous statement? Let’s begin by recalling that northern Democrats like Stephen Douglas protected slavery, while most southerners didn’t own slaves. …
The real clash was between the Democrats, north and south, who supported slavery and the Republicans across the country who opposed it.
D’Souza writes that the Ku Klux Klan was “the domestic terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”
The main point of the Klan’s orgy of violence was to prevent blacks from voting—voting, that is, for Republicans. Leading Democrats including at least one president, two Supreme Court justices, and innumerable Senators and Congressmen were Klan members. The last one, Robert Byrd, died in 2010 and was eulogized by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
And it’s not just slavery. Again, here is D’Souza:
The sordid history of the Democratic Party in the early twentieth century is also married to the sordid history of the progressive movement during the same period. Progressives like Margaret Sanger—founder of Planned Parenthood and a role model for Hillary Clinton—supported such causes as eugenics and social Darwinism. While abortion was not an issue in Sanger’s day, she backed forced sterilization for “unfit” people, notably minorities. Sanger’s Negro Project was specifically focused on reducing the black population.
In the past few months, Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, recorded two videos on the topic for Prager University (both are embedded below). It’s worth noting that Professor Swain is a black American. Back in May, her video was titled was “The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party.” This is from the introductory text:
Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history?
In July, the second video was titled “Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?” Here is her opening paragraph:
Once upon a time, every student of history — and that meant pretty much everyone with a high school education — knew this: The Democratic Party was the party of slavery and Jim Crow, and the Republican Party was the party of emancipation and racial integration.
Clearly, Lefty U-46 school board member Traci O’Neal Ellis would benefit greatly by attending Prager University.
Message to Traci: fyi, PragerU is free! Enjoy.
Here are the two PragerU videos about history from Professor Carol Swain: