President Barack Obama claims the tea party is racist. I guess he missed tea party-backed lawmakers Allen West, R-Fla., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.
In the late 1800s, after the Civil War, we had three blacks from South Carolina in Congress, one from Alabama, one from Florida and one from North Carolina. There also was a black Sen. Hiram Rhodes Revels, all Republicans. The Democratic Party intimidated black voters by hangings, poll taxes and fear.
It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who halted segregation in schools. It was Democratic governors who tried to stop it. When the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was introduced, it was the Democrats who watered it down. In fact, it was Obama's friend, the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and Richard Russell, D-Ga., who led the opposition.
The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed into law in the '60s under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. However, Johnson was unable to get the support of many Democrats; he needed 269 votes and got only 198 of 315 Democrats.
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Richard J. Dolan
Hilton Head Island