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  • ESPN’s Stephen A Smith: ‘For One Election, Every Black Person In America Should Vote Republican’

    ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith attended the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University, where he said, “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican.”

    “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the Civil Rights Movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it,” Smith said in a forum on the topic of How You See It: Perceptions of (In)Equality.

    “What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a senate, a Republican senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk,” Smith said. “It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”

    Most of Stephen A. Smith’s historical analysis is correct.

    Indeed, the 47-year-old sports critic was in diapers when dedicated segregationist Democrats were fighting tooth-and-nail to keep blacks on a virtual plantation of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.

    Democrats poured massive amounts of political capital into killing the Civil Rights act of 1964. Bill Clinton’s “mentor” and “friend,” former Klansman J. William Fulbright, joined the Dixiecrats, an ultra-segregationist wing of Democratic lawmakers, in filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and in killing the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    As presidential historian Ronald Kessler notes, when asked why the Civil Rights Bill had recently become so important to him, President Johnson said: “I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years.”

    However, as Smith asserts, “there was a senate, a Republican senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk.”

    That freedom movement Smith alludes to was led by Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, whose unapologetic dedication to racial equality and inspiring leadership supplied the votes that Johnson needed to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Democratic Majority Leader Mike Mansfield said of Dirksen, “This is his finest hour. The Senate, the whole country is in debt to the Senator from Illinois.”

    After Dirksen’s speech, Roy Wilkins, former Executive Secretary of the NAACP, wrote Dirksen a letter apologizing for the civil rights organization’s attacks on him. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sends its thanks to you for your vote for cloture and for your final speech before the vote,” Wilkins wrote. “Your leadership of the Republican Party in the Senate at this turning point will become a significant part of the history of this century.”

    Dirksen’s efforts to overcome President Johnson and the Democratic Party’s pushback on the civil rights bill awarded him a Time Magizine cover:

    Dirksen Man of the Yeat

    Lyndon Johnson never wanted the 1964 Civil Rights Act to become law.

    Don’t take my word for it.

    During Lyndon B. Johnson’s first 20 years in Congress, “he opposed every civil rights measure that came up for a vote,” said President Barack Obama on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 in a speech at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirken’s leadership in getting the ’64 Civil Rights Act passed led to shameless Democrats taking a five-decades long victory lap for the passing of a law their party never supported.

    However history remembers presidents, not senators.

    And eleven presidential elections later, blacks still blindly concede power to a political party whose ideals are anathema to our own. And two generations of playing the role of a politically duped voting bloc has resulted in a growing underclass and massive amounts of human misery among many black Americans.

    Again, Stephen A Smith is correct: “It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”

    “Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party ‘You’ve got our vote,’ Smith said. “Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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