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The constant rhetoric from members of the mainstream media implies that conservatives are bigoted or racist towards minorities. Somehow, the Democratic party has managed to convince a large number of African American and Hispanic voters that this is indeed the case. Given the record of the Democratic Party on civil rights, this is indeed an amazing feat. For instance, Senator Robert Byrd of West Va., was a leader of his local Ku Klux Klan chapter. He also voted against both African American Supreme Court nominees, and used the "N" word on national television. Senator Byrd also served as senate majority leader and chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which erases any perceived credibility to arguments that Democrats didn't agree with his convictions or principles. Birmingham Police Chief and Democrat Eugene "Bull" Connor said, "Negroes and whites will not segregate together as long as I'm Commissioner." He was guilty of hosing down African Americans with water pressure so strong that it stripped the bark off of trees. Cases of gross mistreatment of blacks was not just isolated to Bull Connor in Alabama, but
Rallies with Democratic party speakers took place in several southern states before some lynchings took place and photographs of the events were even taken and sold as souvenirs.
The most obvious fact that is often overlooked by those who want to claim the Democratic party is the party for civil rights is that the 1957 Civil Rights Act ensured that African Americans would have the right to vote was passed during the presidecy of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The original bill was much stronger, but was watered down because of the efforts of Democrats including Senate Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, who now gets much credit for the passing of the Great Society legislation that provides for entitlement programs for many Americans who have no intention of being a part of the workforce to this very day. Prior to passing of the Great Society Legislation, then President Johnson was heard saying, "We'll have those (n-word) voting Democrat for the next 200 years." That indeed is still indicative of who the bigoted Democratic party is today in 2012!!
(H/T: Joe Holley@ TheWashington Post, Mike Riggs & Amanda Carey @ The Daily Caller, Colored Reflections)