Friday, June 17, 2016
Let’s get it straight: Democrats enslaved the Black America Republicans fought and died to free Part II
By Kevin “Coach” Collins
This is a continuation of the list of steps benevolent Republicans took to help the slaves held by Southern Democrats.
On March 3, 1865 a Republican Congress established the Freedmen’s Bureau to provide health care, education and technical assistance to emancipated slaves.
On April 8, 1865 the 13th Amendment, banning slavery, passed the Senate with 100% Republican support, but 63% Democrat opposition.
In February 1866, Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania introduced legislation to give “40 acres and a mule” to male former slaves. Democrat President Andrew Johnson vetoed the measure.
Overriding Democrat Andrew Johnson’s veto, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 which affirmed the citizenship of African Americans.
When the Republican Congress passed the 14th Amendment giving African Americans rights to due process and “equal protection” under law it did so without a single Democrat Representative’s vote. When the Republican Senate voted to pass the 14th Amendment not a single Democrat supported it.
On November 22, 1865 Republicans denounced the Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes” which were laws devised by the Democrat controlled Southern States to suppress the civil rights of freed men, institutionalizing racial discrimination.
In July 1866 the Republican controlled Congress had to override Democrat Andrew Johnson’s veto of the Freedman’s Bureau Act which was created to protect African Americans from the “Black Codes.”
At the end of July 1866 the Democrat City Council of New Orleans ordered its police force to barge into a racially mixed Republican meeting with orders to “break heads.” The attacks led to the death of 40 people and the injuring of over 150 more attendees.
This material comes from my book Crooks Thugs and Bigots: the lost hidden and changed history of the Democrat Party which is out of print but you can receive a free PDF of the text by asking at firstname.lastname@example.org