Last week I offered the compelling words of three federally elected Black Congressional Representatives who spoke out against the Democrat Party during the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War. In other words, these three Black men are Founding Fathers to contemporary African-Americans who had serious issues with the Democrat party! In my opinion, their views hold true today!
Confirming my view, the Bible declares:
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
This scripture declares we ought not to remove the ancient “landmark” which our fathers have set. The word “landmark” means boundary. Tragically, by following the Democrat Party, many contemporary Blacks have departed from the “boundaries” our Black Founding Fathers have set!!
In the last tidbit, the three Black Congressmen commented on the House Bill to squash the KKK violence. Black Republican Representative John Roy Lynch1* spoke to the same piece of legislation:
“In conclusion Mr. Speaker, I say to the Republican Members of the House that the passage of this bill is expected by you. If any of our Democratic friends will vote for it, we will be agreeably surprised. But if Republicans should vote against it, we will be sorely disappointed…But I have no fears whatever in this respect. You (Republicans) have stood by the colored people of this country when it was more unpopular to do so than it is to pass this bill. You have fulfilled every promise thus far, and I have no reason to believe you will not fulfill this one.”2*
Subsequently, on a different occasion, Black Representative James Rapier, a Republican elected to office from Alabama declared:
“They (Democrats) were hunting me down as the partridge on the mount, night and day with their Ku Klux Klan, simply because I was a Republican and refused to bow at the foot of their Baal.”3*
The celebrated Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass joined in the chorus of Blacks crying out against Democrats--who were ‘THE’ oppressors of Blacks. I repeat, it was not Whites who oppressed Blacks, but Democrat Whites who oppressed Blacks!
“In all the southern States, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution are practically of no force or effect…By means of the shotgun and midnight raid, the old master class has triumphed over the newly enfranchised citizen and put the Constitution under their feet….The colored people, who largely outnumber the whites and who are Republican in politics, have been banished from the ballot box and robbed of representation in the councils of the nation, and…the social condition of the colored people in that section is but little above what it was in the time of slavery.”4*
And yet another time Douglas also decried:
"The Republican Party is the ship, all else the sea." 5*
Returning again to Black South Carolina Representative Joseph Haynes Rainey, speaking to Congress on a bill to strengthen the education system for “all” students, he declared:
“I shall remind the House of one more thing...the youth now springing up to manhood will be the future lawmakers and rulers of our country. That they should be intelligent and thoroughly educated is a prime necessity and of great importance, which is admitted by all and denied by none. All that may be done with this end in view will be returned with increased interest. I truly hope that those Democrats who oppose this bill will reconsider their opposition and give it their vote when the question shall again be before the House. For one, I shall give it my hearty support, believing it to be just and beneficial in its provisions.”6*
I know this information may be painful for many contemporary Blacks, but my suggestion to you is to let the truth set you free!
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Put up the dream. Put in the knowledge. Put out the effort.
– Denis Waitley
1*John Roy Lynch (1847-1939) was born a slave, a member of the House elected as a Black Republican from Mississippi. He also served as the Speaker of the Mississippi House.
2*Congressional Record, 43rd Congress, 2nd Session, pg947, Rep. Joh R. Lynch speech on the Civil Rights Bill, February 3, 1875
3* Congressional Record, 43rd Congress, 1st Session, Vol2. Pg4785, Rep. James T. Rapier’s speech on the Civil Rights Bill, June 9, 1874.
4*Douglas, The Frederick Douglas Papers, Vol.4, pg565, from “The Lessons of Emancipation to the New Generation: An address Delivered in Elmira, New York, on 3 August, 1880.”
6* Congressional Record, 42nd Congress, 2nd Session, Pg17, (Appendix), February 3,1872.
A special thanks to David Barton, ‘Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White’, Wallbuilders Press, 2004, for the hard work of digging out this information.