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So the racist and segregationist Southern Democratics ie. “Dixiecrats” switched parties in the 1960’s? And the GOP became the party of racism, switching sides with the lynching, klanning, church burning Democratics? Very bizarre argument, I will have to admit! So Southern Dixiecrats – of the States Rights Democratic Party – these segregationists & racists fled from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party after the Civil Rights Act in 1964?
That would of course be an odd thing to do, given that Republicans, who had a 100-year history of opposition to slavery, support for the civil rights of black Americans, efforts to pass anti-lynching bills, opposition to Jim Crow laws – efforts to disband the Ku Klux Klan. The GOP even voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act with much larger majorities than Democratics (see below). Why would racists and segregationist Democratics now become Republicans?
And remember that the Democratic Party had a 150-year history of support for slavery, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan. The 150-year civil rights struggle can be summed up quite accurately: it was a struggle of Republicans supporting civil rights against Democratics opposing it. By the mid–20th century, some Democratics had come around to the Republican view that blacks had civil rights.
What about the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
When the bill came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964, the “Southern Bloc” of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell (D-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell: “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our states.” After 54 days of the Democratic Party filibuster, Senators Everett Dirksen (R-IL), Thomas Kuchel (R-CA), Hubert Humphrey (D-MN), and Mike Mansfield (D-MT) introduced a substitute bill that they hoped would attract enough Republican swing votes to end the filibuster – it succeeded. The compromise bill was weaker than the House version in regard to government power to regulate the conduct of private business, but it was not so weak as to cause the House to reconsider the legislation.
Here is your final vote tally:
Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)
Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)
The Senate :
Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
The Senate version, voted on by the House:
Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)
How many Dixiecrats Became Republicans?
The opponents of civil rights have always been Democratics. But let’s take a look at how many Dixiecrat segregationists remained Democrats, and how many switched parties:
Notable Dixiecrats who remained Democratics after 1964:
Racist & Segregationist Democratic Party Governors:
Racist & Segregationist Democratic Party Senators:
Sen. B. Everett Jordan D-NC
Sen. A. Willis Robertson D-V
Sen. Olin D. Johnston D-SC
Sen. Sam Ervin D-NC
Sen. J. Lister Hill D-AL
Sen. John C. Stennis D-MS
Sen. James Eastland D-MS
Sen. Allen J. Ellender D-LA
Sen. Russell B. Long D-LA
Sen. John Sparkman D-AL
Sen. John “Little” McClellan D-AR
Sen. Richard Russell, Jr. D-GA
Sen. Herman Talmadge D-GA
Sen. Robert Carlyle Byrd D-WV
Sen. Harry F. Byrd D-V
Sen. Al Gore, Sr. D-TN
Sen. Spessard Holland D-FL
Sen. Herbert S. Walters D-TN
Sen. George Smathers D-FL
The opponents of civil rights have always been Democratics. This list, this long list of Democratic Party racists and segregationists – this list of haters, Klansmen, lynchers – evil opponents of the most basic of human rights? They all remained Democratic Party members til’ the day they died. None censured, none shamed, none were kicked out of the party they called home. Their Democratic Party home during America’s most horrible years of racism & bigotry – murder & mayhem – hatred & terrorism – intolerance & exclusion. But let’s take a look at how many Dixiecrat segregationists became Republicans after 1964. Only these three (3) switched parties, how surprising!
Looks like those Racist & Segregationists found a home after the 1964 Civil Rights Act – George Wallace!
Did Democrats & Republicans switch Sides?
So the facts are these. There was already a sizable minority of white and black Republicans in the South when the 70’s rolled around. People who had never been represented because of the KKK and the Democratic Party apparatus. The GOP REPLACED the SEGREGATIONISTS and Racist Dixiecrats & DEMOCRATICS in the South. That’s why the KKK, LYNCHING, JIM CROW laws, and other evils of the Democratics’ reign of terror NO LONGER EXISTS! So the South is solidly GOP – thank GOD if you are a black American, Jew, or Roman Catholic. Thank you GOP for stopping the lynching and church burning and evil & haters of the Democratics, for enforcing the laws so that black Americans could vote! For upholding the Constitution so that black Americans could eat at the same lunch counter! Thank you GOP!!!
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