When challenged about the ‘irrefutable’ & ‘undeniable’ ‘racist’ history of the Democrat Party, contemporary Democrats, especially Black Democrats, have one or more of four responses:
1.They ignore you and change the subject.
2.They begin to cite problems with the Republican party.
3.They declare, “I’ve been a Democrat all my life”
4.“But…the Democrat Party has changed!”
Let’s address these responses.
1.They ignore you and change the subject. This is the most benign response by contemporary Democrats. When the racist history of Democrats is interjected into a conversation, they will either express shock because they are unaware of their party’s racist past or they will simply declare: “I don’t want to talk about it!” and walk away.
However, after Donald Trump was elected president and Democrats became increasingly more angry, this first response has become rare.
2.They begin to cite problems with the Republican party. First, this response assumes the person who cites problems with the Democrat party is a Republican. On the contrary, a person who cites problems with the Democrat party does not have to be a Republican. Because our nation usually votes either Democrat or Republican, does not mean only two political parties exist. There are many people who have problems with Democrat policy positions who are not Republicans.
Second, citing problems with the Republican party does not answer arguments against the Democrat party’s racist past—this is simply rationalization to ‘save face’ from having to deal with the authentic Democrat racist history.
Third, to cite problems with ‘both’ parties does not give license to ignore the problems of the Democrat party, declaring: “Well, both parties have problems!” This is emotional thinking, not rational thinking.
Fourth, ironically, one problem Democrats cite against the Republicans is: “Republicans are racist!” I find this response one of the most incredible statements made against Republicans by a Democrat. This is your typical ‘pot-calling-the-kettle-black’ response! The Democrat Party did not invent racism, but as I have shown in this series, they surely perfected it!
Fifth, certainly the Republican Party also has problems because political parties are comprised of imperfect people—but that is not the point! The question is about the Democrat Party’s past racism! And, those who are presently the loudest, i.e.Democrats; who hypocritically declare everything and everyone racist but themselves, are ‘THE’ very people who have been, and still are…the most racist!
3.“I’ve been a Democrat all my life!” First, ‘tradition’ is no excuse for retaining allegiance to a political party that has for decades been unashamed and is still unashamed of its racist past (which by the way, is the reason they still deny it). Second, I have Black relatives who are from Alabama, formerly known for its rabid racism. When I point out the hypocrisy of their Democrat allegiance, completely devoid of any reason or rationale, they often use this very statement on me:“I’ve been a Democrat all my life!”,
This answer reminds me of the Pharisees of whom Jesus said, “…and so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition” (Mat15:6-NLT). In other words, if ‘tradition’ is so powerful that it can nullify the Word of God, it can also keep a Black person bound to ‘THE’ political party who recently lynched their Alabama relatives!
4.“But…the Democrat Party has changed!” Although I have found this sentiment most often used by ‘educated’ Democrats, i.e.people with degrees, I find this statement laughable but typical of people who attempt to justify their ignorance at best or hypocrisy at worst!
First, because Democrats are serious when making the above statement, one must laugh to keep from crying at its utter absurdity! Second, they use one statement as evidence for the “Democrats-have-changed” myth: “the two parties switched places”. In other words, they argue: the past racist Democrats became today’s Republican racists, and the past Republicans who, by the way, fought for equality of race, have now become the contemporary ‘equality-seeking’ Democrats!!!
When I hear the “two-parties-switched-places” argument, I simply inquire: “how could this have happened?” or “Please give me the logistics of such a move?” Of course, these are rhetorical questions, so I just answer my own questions by using what I call my: ‘Cubs-White Sox’ analogy.
Nearly every person in the Chicago area who follows sports is aware of the ‘Cubs-White Sox’ rivalry; which has been a staple of the city for decades!! Not only do the Cubs and Sox hate each other, their fans are often worse!
First, the Cubs-Sox rivalry is not even in the same universe as the animosity between Democrats and Republicans. I know of no fan murdered in the heat of the oft Cubs-Sox fan arguments, but history is replete with literally thousands of Republicans murdered by Democrats!!!! Yet, the Cubs-Sox rivalry presents a perfect analogy for my point; how? Because of the nature of rivalries…any rivalry…it is nearly impossible for rivals to ever switch sides; and the rivalry between the Cubs and Sox fans certainly follows suit! However, where my Cubs-Sox analogy shines brightest is that, if a Cubs fan does switch to the Sox, he is welcomed with open arms as an ‘Enlightened One’! However, because that Cubs fan switches to the Sox, does not mean any Sox fan is going to switch to the Cubs! That is ‘more than’ absurd!
This is a perfect analogy of the absurdity of Democrats and Republicans switching places! If it were true that the ‘past racist Democrats became the contemporary Republicans’, why on ‘God’s-green-earth’ would the slavery-ending Republicans, who were lynched by Democrats, ever switch to the very party who lynched them?!?!!?
May God have mercy!
Like virtues in the culture, repentance has been cancelled in the church.