Important Disclaimer: The use of “democrats” herein, speaks solely in the context of its leadership. Not the loving, well intended, policy followers who seek justice and equality for all peoples. This timeline is aimed directly at its leadership.
Democratic Party Leadership has a long history of racism, and the “parties switched myth” is a result of Democratic propaganda to hide its racist history of slavery, lynching, segregation, oppression, and filibustering nearly every civil rights legislation. Instead of being outwardly racist, Democrats leaders today have ushered in a new era of subversive racism, of conflation, of obfuscation and of hate. Meanwhile, Republicans have always been civil rights champions.
- Late 1700s: Federalists Party vs. Anti-Federalists
- Early 1800s: The Anti-Federalists eventually become the “Democratic–Republican“ Party or “D–Rs”
- 1815-1824: The Federalist Party collapses, causes the “D-R”s Democratic–Republican Party to split into several factions
- 1828: Democratic party gets its Pro-slavery start.
- 1830: Democrat-Republican President Andrew Jackson creates the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced the indigenous people to assimilate and concede to U.S. law or leave their homelands. Many Native Americans were force marched, particularly Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole moved to Oklahoma.
- 1832: The Democratic-Republican Party, under Andrew Jackson, drops ‘Republican’ from the name and became Democrats
- 1854: Northern Whigs Start the Anti-Slavery Republican Party
- 1857: U.S. Supreme Court rules slaves are “NOT citizens“
– Democrats voted for the ruling and unfortunately won.
– Republicans voted against the ruling
- 1860: Lincoln runs and wins as a member of the Republican/National Union party (previously known as Whigs), the Anti Slavery Party
- 1861: After Lincoln becomes President, 7 southern slave states secede from the Union – Democrats start the Civil War
- 1863: Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation.
1863: Republicans elect their First Hispanic Governor, Romualdo Pacheco of California.
- 1864: Switching Agendas:
Republicans – solidly in favor of a strong national government and federal spending on “internal improvements” including initial “big” government, pro-income tax, social reform, pro-economic intervention that more or less match up to the Democratic policies of today. Interests in line with building a solid business foundation. Something not needed once running properly, and could change focus in the future.
Democrats – pushed for policies of small “limited” government, pro-localism, pro-states’ rights, which bear a striking resemblance to the contemporary Republican agenda today.
It’s important to note that these swapped agendas never swapped the Republican view on social rights.
- 1865: Republicans pass 13th Amendment, which permanently outlaws slavery.
1865: A Democrat forms the Ku Klux Klan.
- 1866: Republicans begin reconstruction to fix the nasty problem the Democrats created
- Republicans promise “40 acres and a mule” to former slaves. Democrats reject it.
- 1868: Republicans passed the 15th Amendment, which gave black people the right to vote.
- 1868: Republican “P.B.S. Pinchback” (Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback) served as 24th Governor of Louisiana from 1872-1873 during the Reconstruction Era, which officially made black people citizens. His mother was described as “mulato,” making him the first African American to become governor of a U.S. State
- 1869: Democrats use intimidation at the polls to discourage black votes. Tactics include poll taxes, registration fraud, and literacy tests to prevent blacks from voting for nearly a century.
- 1871: Republican President Ulysses S. Grant dismantles the KKK and used the military to enforce laws to put an end to the Confederacy.
- 1872: Republicans elect the first African American senators and representatives! The first African American Senator and Representatives were:
- Sen. Hiram Revels (R-MS)
- Rep. Benjamin S. Turner (R-AL)
- Robert DeLarge (R-SC)
- Josiah Walls (R-FL)
- Jefferson Long (R-GA)
- Joseph Rainey, pictured right, and
- Robert B. Elliott (R-SC)
- Republican Gov. William Holden of North Carolina, fought vigorously against the Klan. Afterwards white Democrats impeached him
- 1874: Republicans elect the first black speaker of the House, Joseph Rainey. He was also the first black person to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
- 1875: Republicans President Ulysses S. Grant enacted the Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination. Sometimes called the Enforcement Act or Force Act. It was a response to civil rights violations to blacks and “to protect all citizens in their civil and legal rights.”
- 1878: Republicans Senator Aaron Augustus Sargent from California introduces proposes the 19th Amendment in Congress to give women the right to vote.
- Democrat-controlled Congress voted it out.
- Democrats battle the 19th Amendment and oppose it the for some four decades.
- 1884: Republicans invite John Roy Lynch, a former slave, to chair the Republican National Convention.
- 1896: Republicans are the first major party to favor women’s suffrage, and by 1896 three states had full suffrage for women, though it wasn’t until 1919 that women got the right to vote nationwide.
- 1911: Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the father of income tax, stuffs his cabinet with Dixiecrats, and set back the cause of civil rights for decades with segregation in the federal government.
- 1915: Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, airs the racially charged “Birth of a Nation” movie in the White House.
- 1916: Democrat President Woodrow Wilson opposes women’s suffrage and women picket outside the White House.
- 1916: Republican Jeannette Rankin is elected the first woman to serve Congress. Pictured right, Rankin is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was affectionately called the “Lady of the house.”
- 1918: Democratic Ku Klux Klan rises by targeting targeting Jews, Catholics and immigrants in addition to blacks.
- 1918: Republicans introduce the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill. It was Republican Leonidas C. Dyer, a Representative from St. Louis, Missouri, who introduced H.R. 11279 to stop the lynchings which were terrorizing republicans and blacks to intimidate them into submission.
- 1918. At long last Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, finally joins his daughter, leading suffragist Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre in the women’s right to vote. His delay cost him political strife.
- 1919-1920: The Republican Congress passes 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The first women voters from every state allowed to vote gave a victory for Republican President Warren Harding. Women did not forget that Woodrow Wilson had initially opposed suffrage in 1917.
- 1921: Republican President Warren G. Harding delivers a formal speech in Alabama condemning lynchings.
1921: Republican Representative Homer P. Snyder proposes the Indian Citizenship Act granting full U.S. citizenship to America’s indigenous people. Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs it into law.
- 1922. Democrats try to keep lynching legal by creating a filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
- 1924: Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act granting full citizenship to America’s Indigenous people.
- 1926: Republican Bertha Ethel Knight Landes, pictured right, becomes the first female mayor. Landes served Seattle, Washington from 1926-1928.
- 1929: Republican Octaviano Larrazolo become the first Mexican American United States Senator.
- 1929: Republican Charles Curtis becomes the first Native American Vice President of the United States. He is Kansa, Osage Nation and Potawatomi.
- 1930: Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in 1930 had a New Deal that prolonged joblessness for millions, and black people were especially hard hit. It likely extended the Great Depression. What’s more, the New Deal gave jobs first to whites, paid blacks less than whites, and then segregated the Conservation Corps.
- 1939: Democrat and KKK covergirl Margaret Sanger created “The Negro Project” and Planned Parenthood in 1939 to cull the black population, coded eugenics to eliminate the ‘unfit’.
- 1942: Democrats set up Japanese Internment Camps during World War II in 2942 under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- 1948: Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Republican, ended miscegenation laws restricting interracial marriage. He wrote “that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.”
1948: Dixiecrats emerge as a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party determined to legislate racial segregation.
- 1948-1954: Democrat President Harry Truman issues Executive Order 9981 in 1948 to end segregation in the Armed Services. The first integrated armed services begins with the Korean War when heavy casualties forced segregated units to merge for survival. The Army’s last segregated units were finally disbanded in 1954.
- 1954: Republican lawmakers outlawed segregation in publicschools by declaring that “separate but equal” public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. Brown v. Board of Education legally ended, though some schoolsremained segregated.
1954: Democratic Governor of Arkansas Orval E. Faubus orders the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School.
1954: Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower removed the National Guard from Democratic state control then sent in Federal Troops ~ the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army to stop Faubus from the obstruction of justice.
- 1956 Democrat Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, who defended segregation, forced the raid of the home black Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, and had three of his minister colleagues arrested for the false charge of vagrancy.
- 1957: Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act on Sept. 9 1957 making it illegal to suppress another’s right to vote.
- 1957: Democrats reject and begin filibustering the Civil Rights Act to water down the rights of blacks. They make it difficult for blacks to vote in many southern states and start requiring literacy tests.
- 1959: First Asian Senator, Hiram Fong, Republican from Hawaii. He served from 1959 until 1977. Pictured right, Fong also was the first Asian American to receive votes for president at a major party convention.
- 1960: Republicans enact the 1960 Civil Rights Acts, a Federal law to establish inspection of local voter registration polls and to introduce penalties for anyone obstructing voting privileges enabling blacks and Hispanic Americans to vote without harassment.
- 1963: Democrat Governor George C. Wallace blocks black students from registering at the University of Alabama.
- The following month Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his iconic “I have a dream” speech.
- 1964: Republicans in the north attracted white voters in the South, by appealing to racism against black people. The Southern Strategy successfully pulled many white, conservative, Southern Democrats into the Republican Party and helped push the party further to the right. It would turn the “Solid South” from solid blue to solid red within 8 years and is largely the foundational reason for the modern political platforms of both parties.
- 1964: Republican controlled congress passes the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was an extension of the Republican Party’s 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts.
- Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act: But, it was a watered-down version of the 1957 civil rights legislation under Eisenhower, and LBJ was against the acts of 1948 and 1957. The Democrats tried to filibuster it. Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who was a KKK member, publicly denounced this measure on the Senate floor for 14 hours.
Dixiecrats who remained Democrats after 1964:
- Robert Byrd
- Bull Connor
- James Eastland
- Allen Ellender
- Orval Fabus
- Al Gore, Sr. (Al Gore’s father)
- Benjamin Travis Laney (Governor of Arkansas)
- Russell Long
- Lester Maddox
- John Rarick
- Richard Russell
- John McClellan
- John Sparkman
- John Stennis
- Herman Talmadge
- George Wallace
- Only 2 Dixiecrats became Republicans after 1964:Despite claims that Dixiecrats morphed into Republicans, there are only two prominent ones who did:
- Miles Godwin
- Strom Thurmond
- 1965: Republicans pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Republicans had to overcome a Democrat Lead Filibuster to pass this legislation. On final vote 94% of the Republican but only 27% of Democrat Senators supported this law. The Republican action forced Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign. The law prevented literacy tests as a voting requirement.
- 1965: The Democrats continued to defend Jim Crow laws where state and local laws mandated segregation. Confederates Statues were erected by Democrats between 1890s and 1950s, which aligns with the era of Jim Crow laws set by white supremest democrats
- 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated. Son of James Earl Little, a Baptist preacher, Malcolm X profoundly held the notion that racism itself, not white people, was the greatest foe of African Americans. He was killed by Nation of Islam members. His father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Was he a Republican? It’s not certain; however, he did not like Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson and Malcolm X had much disdain for Democrats in general. Here is his famous “Chump” speech saying if you vote Democrat you are a traitor to your race:
- 1967: Democrats furnished 10 of 11 votes against Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (America’s first black Supreme Court justice).
- HOWEVER, 69 Republicans confirmed him
- 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead by Democrat James Earl Ray.
- 1969: Republican President Richard Nixon appoints Vice President Agnew to lead a multi-racial task force to work towards integrating schools. But wait? Wasn’t Nixon a racist? It turns out he wasn’t. The video below helps explain.
The big switch did not happen. Look at the Southern States. It wasn’t until 2012 that Arkansas became Republican controlled. From 1874 until 2012 the Arkansas Legislature was Democrat and controlled the state legislature for nearly 50-years after the so-called shift happened in the 1960s and 1970s.
- 1983: Republican President Ronald Reagan signs by executive order, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
- 1984: Republicans elect Rep. Jim Koble of Arizona, the most openly gay member of Congress and the only opening Gay Republican in House.
- 1986: At long last, Republican lawmakers install the Federal Holiday signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to coincide with the birthday and to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- 1989: Republican Illean Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban American, becomes the first Latina elected to Congress. Pictured right, Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 1993: Democrats finally elect their first African-American Senator. Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999 (more than 100 years after the Republicans did).
- 2005: Republican President George W. Bush appoints Republican Alberto Gonzales, as 80th United States Attorney General. Pictured top right, Gonzales became the highest-ranking Hispanic American in executive government to date.
- 2008: Democrats had no problem with confederate statues during the entire presidency of Barack Obama 2008-2016. The historical monuments only became racist to Democrats when Trump became president.
- 2010: Democrat Robert Byrd was the last member of Congress to hold membership in the KKK. Hillary Clinton called Byrd her “mentor.”
- 2011: Republican Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, becomes the nations first Latina governor. Pictured right, Martinez was elected in 2010 and began office in 2011.
2011: Republican Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Reagan, authored the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. He was the swing vote.
- 2016: Below, openly gay Republican Peter Thiel founder of Paypal, was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention. But he was not the first. It as Rep. Jim Koble, of Arizona who was the first to make history in July 2000.
- 2016-2017: Antifa rises as a conglomeration of self-styled leftist militants who terrorize those on the right side of the political spectrum. Antifa Democrats begin tearing down confederate statues to erase their racist past. Confederate were Democrats and Democrats seditiously have been rewriting history for decades.
President Trump argued, “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson ~ who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”
Here are some things Trump has done, which the media ignores:
- 2017: Trump offered school choice to free children trapped by a zip code in failing schools, allowing blacks to choose their own schools.
- 2017 (Nov): Trump signed H.R.2989 – the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act. In honor of American social reformer an abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth and to recommend the federal government entities appropriate to carry out such programs and activities.
- 2017 (Nov): Trump signed H.R.228 – Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017.
- 2018 (Jan): Trump prioritized women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.
- 2018 (Jan): Trump signed H.R.1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. This bill requires that 17,519 acres of land be held in trust for, and be part of the reservation of, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.
- 2018 (Jan): Trump signed H.R.1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017 This law establishes a Civil Rights Network in the National Park Service.
- 2018 (Jan): Trump signed H.R.267 – Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017. This bill redesignates the Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site in thestate of Georgia as the “Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.”
- 2018 (July): Black unemployment rate falls to 6.8% ~ historic lows under President Trump!
- Under the Democratic leadership of President Obama, unemployment was 12.7% in January 2009 and peaked at 16.8% in March 2010.
Why do Black People vote Democrat?
The Democrat party has always been the party of racism, so why did black people vote for Democrats? The answer was twofold ~ they lured them with freebies then lied to them:
- Democratic Lure: The lure of a “New deal” after the Great Depression or Chuck Schumer’s “better deal” today to try to keep them. But here’s the deal. The Republicans have always been the party of racial tolerance and have been civil rights champions. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to sedulously rewrite history…
- Democratic Deception: The Democrat lie today is that Republicans are fascist, racists, misogynists, homophobes, sexists, and xenophobes and so on. Democrats ought to look in the mirror. They are fomenting hatred in attempting to confuse, conflate and obfuscate. You need only to look at history to see who the real racists are. Founded in 1828 the Democrat Web site erases the first 100 years of their existence. They start with 1920 and Women’s Suffrage. Ironically the suffragettes called Democratic President Woodrow Wilson “aa”. He was opposed to women’s right to vote. They think America has forgotten, but it’s up to you to point to their racist past and remind them.
Why are more black people voting Republican?
The Blacks for Trump campaign is growing because they know Trump is not a racist. He is the only president to break through to provide a hand-up, instead of a handout. More blacks today have jobs than ever before. Trump’s historic black low unemployment record speaks for itself. It’s the lowest it’s been in 45 years!
The Inconvenient Truth About the Democrats…
The parties never magically switched.
How did the Democratic party change over time? If you have believed in the party switch myth then you’ve succumbed to propaganda fabricated by Democrats, because they were embarrassed that their party supported slavery. They were the party of physical slavery and today they are keeping the chains of mental slavery. They haven’t changed.
How did the Republican party change over time? The GOP hasn’t changed much since its inception on March 20, 1854 as the anti-slave party. Follow the facts and follow the time-line and you will see it is true. Republicans are the Civil rights champions ~ they always have been.
The “parties switched myth” is a result of Democratic propaganda to hide a racist history of slavery, of lynching, of segregation, of oppression, and of filibustering nearly every civil rights legislation in our history. The party of hate since 1828 hasn’t changed a bit.
We are one race: the human race. The Democrats need to stop calling the Republicans racist. As Morgan Freeman said, they only reason we experience racism, is because we keep talking about racism. Let’s discuss the issues and not the color of our skin. Let’s look to our past and learn from it. Stop destroying monuments, but educate people about them, they are what brought us here today.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”~ George Santayana
PS: Building a wall, doesn’t make a Presdient racists.
The Democratic Party was eager to use these racists xenophobic claims against President Trump…until they abandoned that attack after videos archives demonstrated they too had lobbied for the very same walls: