Celebrating Black History Month

Imagine you are on your way home from work after a long day, and suddenly you are told you must give up your seat because someone hates you due to the color of your skin. This is exactly what happened to Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955.

While Parks knew she was required by law to obey the bus driver, she was tired. She was not only physically tired from her day of work as a seamstress, but she was also tired of the fear she had known her whole life and of being subject to mistreatment due to her race. She refused to move from her seat, and in doing so, she stood up for the rights of all African-Americans; past, present and future.

Parks was subsequently arrested and charged with violating Montgomery’s segregation laws. Later that night after posting bail, Rosa consulted with family and friends and decided to challenge the segregation laws in court.

This sparked the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Martin Luther King Jr., who had recently arrived in Montgomery. The boycott lasted over a year, ending only when a Supreme Court decision in Parks’ favor ended segregation on public transportation.

Today Rosa Parks is known as the “mother of the civil rights movement.” However, on that day in December she was simply a person who was tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.

Rosa Park’s decision to stay seated has affected American history for the better. No longer do we have separate but equal, and no longer are African-Americans treated like they are three-fifths of a person.

Today America has a black president. Today America has black congress persons, black businessmen and women, millionaires and doctors. Today we are much closer to true equality because one woman refused to get up from her seat and become another silent victim to an antiquated system of hatred and humiliation.

http://media.www.thealmagest.com/media/storage/paper1361/news/2009/02/19/Oped/Black.History.The.History.Of.America-3635874.shtml

MLK Was A Republican

I found this on the website for the National Black Republicans, and wanted to share it with yall in honor of MLK Day on Monday!

-Deanna

 

http://www.nationalblackrepublicans.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.DYK-Why%20MLK%20was%20a%20Republican

 

Why Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican

By Frances Rice

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.
 
It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860’s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
 
During the civil rights era of the 1960’s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was President Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.
 
Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr. And after he became president, John F. Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.
 
In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
 
Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860’s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation‘s first goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.

Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.
 
Critics of Republican Senator Barry Goldwater who ran for president against Democrat President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, ignore the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation.
 
Those who wrongly criticize Goldwater, also ignore the fact that President Johnson, in his 4,500 State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King’s protest against the Viet Nam War, President Johnson referred to Dr. King as “that Nigger preacher.”
 
Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist “Dixiecrats” did not all migrate to the Republican Party. “Dixiecrats” declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks. Today, some of those “Dixiecrats” continue their political careers as Democrats, including Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who is well known for having been a “Keagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.
 
Another former “Dixiecrat” is Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings who put up the Confederate flag over the state capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd as someone who would have been “a great senator for any moment,” including the Civil War. Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.

The thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party began in the 1970’s with President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” which was an effort on the Part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black. Georgia did not switch until 2002, and some Southern states, including Louisiana, are still controlled by Democrats.
 
Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.
 
After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3rd kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29th. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004 blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Bill Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).
 
Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.
 
In order to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party’s economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats.  We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.

 

 

 

Tired of the “Race Card”

I am so sick of being called a racist because I’m not blithely following the Hollywood parade to elect Barrack Obama. Just because I’m white means the only possible reason I can have for not voting Obama is because he is black? What about the fact that is is Pro- Abortion, or wants to universalize health care? Am I supposed to ignore the fact that he wants to “spread the wealth around”, and raise taxes while our economy is so troubled, because he is black? Am I supposed to forget that he wants to weaken our military during dangerous times for our country, and instead of defending us, go to the very leaders that hate us soo much, and have a chat? Is being a black person a free ticket to the Oval Office, or am I supposed to vote for someone based on how well they represent me and my personal and political beliefs?

Because Obama is black he has gotten handled with kid gloves (the only time Ican remember agreeing with Hillary Clinton), his past associations with people like Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and others of the corrupt Chicago political scene, have been ignored by the media in an effort to promote a man with no qualifications for the office of President other than the color of his skin.

People, especially those who are a minority, forget that racism goes both ways. If I am a racist for not voting for Obama because he is black, they they are racists for voting Obama because he is black too! Isn’t that the whole message of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech? That one day men would be judged solely on the content of their character, with complete disregard to the color of their skin.

I have a theory, that racism and sexism are basically the same things- both of them hinge on judgements based on physical attributes that a person is born with, and ascribe certain stereotypes to those who have those attributes. For blacks, it is common to have them depicted as ignorant, thuggish, and violent. For women, it is normally that we are stupid, only here for the pleasure of men, and incapable of doing anything on our own. History has shown the similarities of the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Suffrage- in fact, most people do not realize that black men got the right to vote and own land before white women did. Women in that age and time were just as much property of their husbands as slaves were.

So expounding on this theory, that racism and sexism are one in the same, and that if the only reason to not vote Obama is his race, then it must follow that the only reason for not voting for Hillary Clinton must be the fact that she is a woman. Obviously, given the fact that I am a woman and consider myself a feminist- I am not sexist in my decision not to vote for Hillary. On the same note though, I am not voting for the McCain/ Palin ticket because Palin is a woman either. It is great that she is a woman to be sure, but its not for that reason that I plan on voting for her and John McCain- its because she (they) stand for everything I believe in. They are Pro-Life, Pro-Family, they are fiscal conservatives, devoted to reforming both parties, and more concerned with what is beast for the people of this great nation, than popularity and praise.

It is preposterous for anyone to claim that everyone should vote for Obama because he is black, and even more preposterous to assume that if he was white with the same positions and beliefs he would have overwhelming support. Who are these accusers to tell me that race is more important when voting than the issues? Why should I be called a racist for not agreeing with Obama on ANY issue? I believe that it is just as racist to vote for someone because of their color, as it is not NOT vote for someone because of their color. If my only reason to not vote for Obama is his race, then theirs is his race as well- therefore, if you call me a racist… you are calling yourself a racist as well my friend.

 

Is this what not being a racist means?

Obama+Biden?

A lot has been said about the VP candidates this election cycle, though I think we can all agree that more attention has  been focused on Republican Nominee Sarah Palin. New Media outlets claim this is due to the fact that McCain is… well old. They say he has a considerably higher chance of dying in office than his opponent Senator Obama does. I think this is completely false.

Face it, McCain may have age “against” him, but Obama has race against him. Now before I say this next sentence, let me give a little declaimer: I do not in any way, shape, or form, encourage actions to be taken against Obama, but I feel that it is inevitable. So now that I have stated this, I will continue! I am convinced that if Obama wins the election in November, that within the first year of his presidency, someone will at the least, attempt to assasinate him, and at the most, they will succeed.

I do not like the idea of racism, and I readily admit that there are some who are more negative and violent about it than others. I do however think that some people (cough, cough, Obama) have tried to use this to their advantage to get better treatment. After all when you insult a white person, you only have to worry about him getting offended, but when you insult a minority member, there is a chance you may be accused of insulting the entire group.

I have this feeling, that some hick from the south is going to take a shot at Obama soon after he becomes President. Not only will this have the potential to start a race war in America (after all the hick in question will most likely be white), but it will also leave us with “gaffe machine” Biden as our President by default. That to me is a much scarier thought than Governor Palin being President. Not only does he lack tact and common sense, not to mention that Sarah Palin got more votes as Governor of Alaska than Biden did in his Presidential campaign, but he is obviously a flip flopper who bends in order to capitalize on political expediency!

We all heard the soundbites of Biden saying the Obama was not ready to lead, and that he himself was not the best choice for VP. He even went so far as to say that he would not be VP under any circumstances. Yet here he stands: VP for Barrack Obama, a man he vehemently opposed becoming President only months ago. Why the sudden change? Why does he all of a sudden think Obama IS ready to lead? Quick Answer: HE DOESN’T!!! He is obviously playing the “yes man” so he can tag along with Obama to the White House. If he truly believed Obama was not the right man for the job, then he should not be supporting him now that he can get something out of the bargain! It shows you just how little Biden cares for our country- that he would support a man he does not believe would be good for our country, just so he can have the power and prestige that goes along with being the VP.

I Have A Dream…

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character
.

It seems to me that this much quoted phrase has been flipped on its head by Barrack Obama and his many supporters. Let me be understood- many people are voting for him, not because they agree with his policies and positions, but rather because they want a black man to be President. This is racist- just as racist as not voting for someone because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King’s dream has to go both ways, and in this instance, I must say that does not.
The same thing comes to mind with Hillary Clinton- a lot of women voted for her simply because she is a woman- but that too is wrong. It is sexist… they would have a fit if a man said they would not vote for her because she was a woman, yet they use the same sexist reasoning when casting their ballot.
I am a woman… yet I do not feel that society owes me any debt because women in the past were not allowed to vote, own property, or hold a job. In fact, a much ignored fact is that African American men were allowed to vote before women. But the point is not that it happened along time ago. The point is that it is not happening now- yet so many people still dwell on it.
Whether you are a woman or an African American… practice what you preach. Don’t be racist, or sexist. And if the argument for equal rights is that we are all created equal, then stop asking for advantages over other people groups. No lower scores to get into schools, no preferential treatment when applying for a job. If we are truly equal then it is time to start acting like it.
Women of the world- if we are just as capable of doing all things as men are, then prove it! Show the world that we don’t need affirmative action to get a job, that we can work hard just like men, and do a good job just like any other person. We don’t need exclusively female scholarships, we just need to apply ourselves enough to get general scholarships. We don’t need any one’s help to succeed, we are enough on our own!
So this is my dream… that we will truly be a nation that judges EVERYONE by the content of their character, and not positively or negatively based on their gender or race. Until both sides of the race and gender arguments hold themselves to Martin Luther King’s words, we will never be truly equal.