Yesterday, Hall of Famer and baseball legend Hank Aaron was applauded by a crowd in honor of the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run. Today Hank Aaron made the news for saying, “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.”
“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts,” Aaron continued.
Hank Aaron has now added his name to that long list of famous people who believe that opposing President Obama makes you a dyed in the wool racist. It’s disgusting. The pride and joy that filled my heart yesterday as I praised Hank Aaron turned to deep disappointment. But, unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised.
As much as they claim to want to move beyond race, it’s always liberal Democrats who pull out the political bludgeoning tool of racism to explain away sincere opposition to Barack Obama. It was liberal ex-MSNBC host Martin Bashir who said “Republicans are using [the IRS scandal] as their latest weapon in the war against the black man. ‘IRS’ is the new ‘Nigg*r.'” It was Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said Republicans passing laws to insure voters have valid photo IDs “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.” It was liberal sports writer Jason Whitlock who said, “I believe the NRA is the new KKK.” It was former Democratic President Jimmy Carter who thinks “an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.” It was Morgan Freeman and MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Oprah who said that those who “disrespect” or “disagree” with President Obama do so because he is black. All of them are liberal Democrats who claim they want to move beyond race (remember, Oprah cried).
By this standard, nearly half of the Hispanic population, over sixty percent of senior citizens, and two-thirds of independents are racist because, according to Gallup, they disapprove of President Obama.
I don’t know Hank Aaron’s politics, but I would bet money he is a liberal Democrat. I also know that Mr. Aaron grew up in a time when the reality of racism was all around him. But the truth is, it was the Democratic party that founded the KKK. It was the Democratic party that used the KKK as its military arm to terrorize, rape, hang, and beat up anyone, black or white, who attempted to support civil rights and purge the Jim Crow Laws they put in place.
Here’s a history lesson for Hank Aaron from historian Wynton Hall:
Indeed, the closer one looks across the arc of black history, the more ironic it seems that voters would associate civil rights with the Democratic Party. Founded as the anti-slavery party, the Republican Party was responsible for winning passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, the Reconstruction Acts, and the 1866, 1875, 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts. In fact, had Democrats not overturned the 1875 Civil Rights Act, the strikingly similar 1964 Civil Rights Act might never have been necessary.
Myriad reasons are often cited for the rift between African American voters and the Republican Party. Some blame Richard Nixon’s so-called “Southern strategy.” Others cite the GOP’s presidential nomination of Barry Goldwater who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on philosophical grounds of federal overreach. And still others point to a radicalized professoriate as the source of some Americans’ historical amnesia.
Hell, even Google’s algorithm has bought into the myth:
Now I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. Wynton Hall is a white guy and Google wasn’t founded by black people.
So take it from a black liberal and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (a Democrat) who said the following in an interview with Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan chronicled in her book Bamboozled:
“There is no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy, historically, that the Democratic Party’s flag is the Confederate flag. It was our party’s flag. That Jefferson Davis was a Democrat, that Stonewall Jackson strongly identified with the Democratic Party, that secessionists in the South saw themselves as Democrats and were Democrats. That so much of the Democratic Party’s history, since it is our nation’s oldest political party, has its roots in slavery.”
There’s your history lesson, Mr. Aaron. Now here is your homework:
Go to the Democratic Party’s official website linked here. There you will find over a hundred years of missing history. Why is that? Well, that’s because today’s Democrats are embarrassed of their party’s racist, terrorist, and bloody past facilitating bigotry, slavery, and segregation.
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
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