While giving a speech at the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, Smith said,
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” he said. “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the Civil Rights Movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a senate, a Republican senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”
True, but with a caveat.
To be fair to Goldwater, he wasn’t against the Civil Rights Movement. After all,Goldwater was a founding member of the Arizona chapter of the NAACP. He helped integrate the Phoenix public school system. Goldwater also voted in favor of previous civil rights bills in 1957 and 1960. What he was against was “federal regulatory” in the areas of public accommodations and fair employment that was part of the civil rights bill of 1964.
But back to Stephen A. He went on to say that if blacks did vote for the GOP would force both parties to make black concerns seriously.
“Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
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