Black conservative tea party backers take heat

President Lincoln emancipated Blacks and was partially responsible for 3 amendments to the Constitution, although they were ratified after his death.  A Republican was the President when troops were sent to allow Blacks to attend a white school?  To many peoples surprise,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and most of his family was a member of the Republican party.  It was southern Democrats who were the majority members of groups like the Klu Klux Klan.
What does the record say about Republicans and the battle for civil rights and specifically for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352)? Democrats invariably take all the credit for the success of the civil rights movement and invariably fail to give any credit to Republicans.
A simple review of the vote tells a different story.  Democrats controlled the House at the time of the vote but the measure could not have passed without the 138 Yea votes from Republicans.  The GOP vote count looks like this 138 for  34 against; Democrats 152 for and 96 against.  I often see articles that argue that Democrats 152 vs. Republican 138.
At first glance one may conclude that a higher percentage of Democrats voted for Civil rights than Republicans.  Lets look at percentages 61 percent of Democrats voted for the Bill and 80 percent of Republicans voted for the measure.  Did you get that?  GOP 80% and Democrats 61%.  Haven’t seen it put that way in your High School Government textbook have you?

In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes. (Source:  NewsMax)

Still Republicans are associated with Racism and Conservative Blacks are called names

Tax Day Teaparty Columbia, SC

“I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom. I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.
“Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove who they are. Because the assumption is the Republican Party is for whites and the Democratic Party is for blacks,” he said.
Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they’re black — or that most tea partyers are white — should have nothing to do with it, they say.
“You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?” asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger.
Opponents have branded the tea party as a group of racists hiding behind economic concerns — and reports that some tea partyers were lobbing racist slurs at black congressmen during last month’s heated health care vote give them ammunition
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2010 Black Republican Candidates

Candidates, US Senate

Marion Thorpe, Florida
Larry Linney, North Carolina
Michael Williams, Texas

Candidates, US House of Representatives

Les Phillip, Alabama-5
Princella Smith, Arkansas-1
Vernon Parker, Arizona-3
Virginia Fuller, California-7
Star Parker, California-37
Christopher Smith, California-39
Mason Weaver, California-53
Ryan Frazier, Colorado-7
Prince Brown, Florida – 8
Eddie Adams, Florida-11
Corey Poitier, Florida-17
Allen West, Florida-22
DeonLong, Forida-24
Cory Ruth, Georgia-4
Deborah Honeycutt, Georgia-13
Rupert Parchment, Georgia-13
Isaac Hayes, Illinois-2
Robert Broadus, Maryland-4
Charles Lollar, Maryland-5
Bill Hardiman, Michigan-3
Angela McGlowan, Mississippi-1
Barb Davis White, Minnesota-5
Martin Baker, Missouri-1
Shannon Wright, New Jersey-6
Michael Faulkner, New York-15
Jerry Grimes, North Carolina-1
Lou Hunddleston, North Carolina-8
Bill Randall, North Carolina-13
Tim Scott, South Carolina-3
Jean Howard Hill, Tennesse-3
Charlotte Bergmann, Tennesse-9
William Hurd, Texas-23
Stephen Broden, Texas-30
Coby Dillard, Virginia-3
David Castillo, Washington-3
via Black Republicans Running For Office in 2010 « Fellowship of the Minds.
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