Letter: Republicans long history supporting civil rights
The United States recently remembered the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was one of the “standout” citizens in this country. The changes he caused were large and done in peaceful approaches. Whereas Alabama Governor George Wallace and Bull Connor, Birmingham’s Public Safety Commissioner, were both Democrats. It may surprise some that Dr. King was a Republican, first registering in 1956.
I reference the book “Stolen History,” pages 71-74, “Here are a few of the Republican Party Contributions to Civil Rights since 1854.”
The Republican Party is formed in 1854 on one platform, Anti-Slavery.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery. It was enacted in 1865 by a Republican Congress with 100 percent Republican support, 23 percent Democrat support.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 extended rights to emancipated slaves and was enacted by a Republican Congress.
The 14th Amendment, enacted in 1868 by a Republican Congress, gave citizenship to newly freed slaves with 94 percent Republican support, 0 percent Democrat support.
The 15th Amendment, enacted in 1870 by a Republican Congress, insured the right to vote for blacks with 100 percent Republican support, 0 percent Democrat support.
1871 Civil Rights (Anti-KKK) Act was enacted by a Republican Congress to protect southern blacks and whites, who supported Republicans, from the Ku Klux Klan.
1875 Civil Rights Act, enacted by a Republican Congress, prohibited discrimination in public accommodations. Written by Republican Senator Charles Sumner, it was adopted by 99.5 percent Republican support, 0 percent Democrat support.
1957 Civil Rights Act established a Civil Rights Commission. Proposed by President Dwight Eisenhower (R), it was written and introduced by Sen. Everett Dirksen (R). Senator John F. Kennedy (D) voted against the bill.
1960 Civil Rights Act, proposed by President Eisenhower, established federal inspections of local voter registration polls.
1964 Civil Rights Act was passed after a cloture vote and ending a Democrat filibuster led by Sen. Robert Byrd (D). Sen. Dirksen (R) was key to writing and passing the bill which was supported by 80 percent Republicans and 63 percent Democrats. Senators Al Gore Sr. (D) and William Fulbright (D) both voted against it.
Republicans have supported civil rights 94 percent of the time to the Democrats’ 35 percent in the history of civil rights laws.
There is much more in the book, “Stolen History,” written by Frantz Emmanuel Kebreau.