The decline of the black Republican. No longer the party of Lincoln, 50% plunge in two decades.

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    Sep 03, 2016 4:18 PM GMT, how I wish I could hear what Brooke, Douglass and Farmer would have to say about Burns and the current Republican Party — a GOP that is whiter today than it was only 20 years ago.

    A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll conducted in 1996 found that 15 percent of African Americans sided with the GOP.

    A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll this July found just 7 percent of blacks called themselves Republicans, marking a more than 50 percent plunge in black support in two decades.

    It seems worth noting that as the Republican Party has staged a retreat on inclusiveness...

    Time was Douglass and Johnson had plenty of black company in the Republican Party founded by the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln. The Democratic Party of their time was home to the pro-slavery and later pro-segregation crowd.

    The line being pushed by Trump’s black surrogates that black people are unthinking sheep historically led by white Democratic shepherds is pure rot.

    A combination of trends reversed the racial and political dynamics of 20th-century black America.

    As Musa al-Gharbi wrote in his American Conservative piece “Why Aren’t There More Black Republicans?,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal had something to do with black migration to the Democratic Party. So too, President Harry Truman’s executive orders eliminating segregation in the armed forces and ending racial discrimination in federal employment. Lyndon Johnson’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court helped foster allegiance to the Democratic Party.

    But then again, blacks also got a push to the door from Republicans.

    GOP standard-bearer Barry Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act opened the exits.

    Richard Nixon’s play for Southern white voters, pandering to their racial hostility and fears (the “Southern strategy”), told blacks voters that the Republican base would wear a white face.

    Nixon’s embrace of South Carolina’s rock-ribbed segregationist Democratic-turned-Republican senator Strom Thurmond was the last straw for baseball great and staunch black Republican Jackie Robinson. In 1968, after Nixon won the nomination, Robinson switched his affiliation to independent. Accusing Nixon of “selling his soul,” Robinson asked in an August 1968 column how anyone could trust a man who “would aspire to the White House by doing business with bigotry.”

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    Sep 03, 2016 4:50 PM GMT
    Really the only place to find black republican peoples are at these churches. These religious, republican black folk are just as brainwashed as their right wing white folk counterparts are. The republican religious black folk are just as anti gay as their white supremacy counterparts. The only thing I see Trump and these religious black folk have in common is the backing of the far right wing, regardless of color. The far right wing takes everyone's money, especially the poor black people in the city of Detroit

    Does not surprise me jesus, black man Ben Carson was there, metro Detroit has been the same, suck, segregated area it has always been


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