With the 2018 mid-term elections approaching, why is it important for Americans to understand the true reason the Black American community continually vote Democrat?
Growing up, I had always been told that the reason that they consistently voted Democrat was that they were loyal people. It wasn’t until I married my husband (who is a Black American) that I learned the truth of what happened.
More than 50 years ago, the majority of Black Americans were Republicans. To them being a Republican was known for being a part of the party of Lincoln and party of the Emancipation. Additionally, the party that supported not only black votes but black politicians during that postbellum era known as the Reconstruction.
Almost a century ago, black voters started supporting the Democratic party in more significant numbers. Due to the incidents that occurred in 1964, there was a histrionic shift in their voting patterns that are still in effect today.
According to Vincent Hutchings, a political scientist at the University of Michigan that researched voter patterns, the start of the shift in black party affiliation from the Republican Party occurred throughout the Depression. In Franklin Roosevelt’s second administration, because of the New Deal this made the Democrats an inspiration for black Americans profoundly affected by the poverty that was affecting the nation.
Even through Roosevelt’s effort, numerous black voters stayed with the party of Lincoln.
The big question is: what happened?
Barry Goldwater happened, according to Hutchings and Tufts University historian Peniel Joseph.
Joseph said, “Barry Goldwater, for Republicans, becomes a metaphor for the Republican response for this revolution that’s happening in the United States.”
The revolt occurred during the Freedom Summer. When hundreds of college students, had traveled to Mississippi to aid black Mississippians in becoming registered voters. The state’s reaction to that united movement had been abrupt and fierce.
Less than a month before the GOP assembled for its national convention in San Francisco, organizers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney (who was African-American and Mississippi-born) and Michael Schwerner had been abducted on a back road in Neshoba County. The solitary clue officials had was that they’d existed what was Schwerner’s burned Ford station wagon.
The media attention that followed the men’s disappearance agitated the whole South. In early August, their bodies were found buried in the shallow graves by a dam.
Two weeks after the men disappeared and also days before the GOP convention began, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, which made discrimination in public venues illegal.
Joseph stated that the incidents outside the GOP’s convention hall affected what happened at the convention. Followers of the believed front-runner, liberal New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, were stunned by the party’s efficient conservative wing, which proposed Arizona’s Sen. Barry Goldwater who was known as “Mr. Conservative.”
Goldwater was seen as the godfather of the recent Tea Party. He aspired the federal government to be out of the states’ business. He thought the Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional even though Goldwater stated that when it had been passed into law, then it would be observed. He also believed that the states should construct the law in their own time. But numerous white southerners, particularly segregationists, felt comforted by Goldwater’s words.
According to Hutchings, Black Americans did not feel that way. “African-Americans heard the message that was intended to be heard. Which was that Goldwater and the Goldwater wing of the Republican party were opposed not only to the Civil Rights Act but to the civil rights movement, in large part, as well,” he said.
In Goldwater’s acceptance speech, he notably told the elated convention “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Peniel stated that he was talking about “a very specific notion of liberty. Small government, a government that doesn’t give out handouts to black people. A government that doesn’t have laws that interfere with states’ rights. A government that is not conducting a war on poverty.”
For Goldwater, he appealed to the white Southern voters that his advisers thought were crucial, which would pave the way for the “Southern Strategy” that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan would effectively use in years later. This was when a third of black Republican voters remaining rapidly left the party.
“It was an abrupt shift. For [the] relatively few — but still not trivial — fraction of blacks, they moved aggressively, and almost unanimously, into the Democratic Party,” says Hutchings.
Since Goldwater, black voters have voted Democrat, and they are supporting the Left by rising numbers ever since. The Left took the trauma of what happened with Goldwater and exploited it. They love to take a people’s trauma and “politicize” it to their advantage.
If Black Americans truly understood the true agenda of the Democratic party, then they would have never left the Republican Party. In part two of this series, I am going to cover what the Democratic party believes they have done for Black America. As for being the first black president, can anyone honestly explain what former President Obama did for his community during his eight years? I doubt it.