New political movement suggests Blacks should leave the Democrats
‘Turn your head and #WalkAway’
Merdies Hayes Editor In Chief | 10/11/2018, midnight
To be sure, Lincoln had little affinity for Black people and was not necessarily against the expansion of slavery. When addressing the the Dred Scott decision during his run for Congress in 1857, Lincoln quoted the following: “There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all White people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the White and Black races...A separation of the races is the only perfect preventative of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together.” His statement was also made within the confines of the Kansas-Nebraska Act which nullified the Missouri Comprise in allowing the new territories to “self-determine” whether they would allow slavery. “If White and Black people never got together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas,” he said.
Lincoln also believed that the birth of mixed-race children would cause the traditional American family structure to “collapse.” In another campaign speech, he said: “Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as Blacks continue to live with Whites, they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed-race bastards who may someday challenge the supremacy of the White man.”
At the time, the history of the Democratic Party was staunchly in favor of slavery and, years later, pro-segregation. By the 20th Century, the democrats under President Wilson had declared that segregation was “not a humiliation, but a benefit” in that the national tradition of Black subjugation would be fiercely defended and upheld by the highest office in the land. Wilson was not a “progressive” in the standards of Theodore Roosevelt, and not only single-handedly killed a Racial Policy Proposal which was approved by the League of Nations in 1919, but earlier in his administration banned African Americans from working in any capacity within the federal government.
Making progress with FDR
Just over a decade later, however, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition had began to advocate—albeit it slowly—for a number of policies which were positive for African Americans, particularly in the establishment of the Fair Employment Practices Committee, as this body would hold significant influence in the hiring of Blacks for defense industry jobs at the outset of World War II.
After the war, Democrat Harry Truman passed executive orders to eliminate segregation among federal employees, desegregated the armed forces, and swiftly witnessed a revolt among his Democratic colleagues and his electoral base. It would be his successor, Republican Dwight Eisenhower, who oversaw the tepid implementation and enforcement of these policies. Eisenhower was a late champion of Truman’s civil rights proposals and in 1957 sent his own legislation to Congress which became the only major civil rights bill passed since Republican Ulysses S. Grant in the 1880s. As well, Eisenhower, in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, federalized the National Guard to protect Black students attending Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Eisenhower would later comment on his nomination of Earl Warren as chief justice of the Supreme Court: “I have made two mistakes, and they are both sitting on the the Supreme Court “ in reference to Warren’s advocacy of civil rights for African Americans, and also the progressive opinions of Associate Justice William Brennan.