Monday, July 24, 2017

"Don't buy it!"

Carol Swain, Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University asks, "Did the Republican and Democratic Parties just switch narratives in the 1960s?" The Republican Party had been the party of Lincoln, the party that emancipated African Americans from slavery and advocated for racial integration. The Democratic Party had been the party of Jim Crow and slavery. But suddenly this all flipped in the 1960s and 70s, a myth fabricated by Left-leaning journalists and elites. Three myths wrapped into one false narrative.

Myth #1 In order to be competitive in the South, Republicans started to pander to white racists in the 1960s. Fact: Republican in-roads into the South had been happening since Ike won 6 Southern states in 1956, after enforcing integration of the public schools.

Myth #2 Democratic Senators switched parties after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fact: only one Senator switched sides. The other 20 seats remained Democrats for the next two decades.

Myth #3 The majority of Congressional seats became Republican after Nixon implemented the Southern Strategy. Fact: not until 1994, 30 years after the Civil Rights Act.

Why is the South now solidly Republican? Because its values are pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-small government, not pro-racism! Blacks have moved back to the South from northern cities like Chicago and Detroit.

Southern whites are far more likely to vote for a conservative black, like Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina than a white liberal.

The myth of the Southern Strategy is just the Democrat's excuse for losing the South, and another reason to use the "racism" smear!

Run for office, Ms. Swain!

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