Explainer: How Democrats and Republicans ‘switched sides’ on civil rights

Or, how the “Party of Lincoln” became the preferred party of racists everywhere.

I just about lost my damn mind this morning after coming across this piece from the National Review about how Barry Goldwater totally wasn’t all that racist or anything.

As a history nerd, this weird thing the Republicans are doing now where they are trying to pretend that they are the true heirs of the civil rights movement is starting to drive me up the wall. Like, f’reals, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King would not freaking be conservative Republicans today. For that matter, neither would Susan B. Anthony. It’s absolutely absurd. It doesn’t even sort of make sense because at all times throughout all history, all civil rights issues are progressive issues regardless of party alignment.

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This is flippant and funny, but it is a not half bad summary of American politics for the past hundred years. Give or take a lie or two. And it adds some much-needed perspective to the lies we hear on the radio, see on television, and read on the Internet.

It’s always a good thing to add a little truth to an ongoing debate, though considering the incivility, name-calling, mud-slinging, and general bad manners and ill intent of participants on both side, but in particular the “right” side … one can only wonder if Truth and Facts actually have any role to play in this ongoing melodrama we call politics.

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10 replies

  1. I learned this in my American History class but to be honest parties mean nothing and money means everything.


    • You are righter than you even know you are. Because the people who really run this country never run for office. On any party. They do not need to because they already own us.

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      • That’s some real shit. The government in my opinion does everything it can to separate us by race, class, sex, hell even sexuality so we forget and dont pay attention to the things we need to in our country but who knows when ppl will really see it and understand that it is truly citizen’s rights that we should stand for while the gov does everything to take those away little by little


  2. I did have a bit of difficulty following the original post’s line of thought, it tried to boil down a century of politics into one article, so maybe that was the difficulty. But, it is still an interesting snippet of history to read about. I just wish it didn’t reflect a sad, downward trend of consciousness for politics in general.


  3. I think it’s funny when Democrats have their annual Andrew Jackson Day and Republicans call themselves the party of Lincoln. Not only would Lincoln not be a Republican, but Jackson would not be a Democrat. In fact, he fight shoot a few of them.

    One of the most difficult parts of teaching American history is explaining how the two major parties have completely switched. It is especially hard when explaining that northern Democrats were fighting the amendment to abolish slavery.

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    • It’s hard to explain the whole slavery thing. Like the slave markets of Boston and New York — which don’t fit into the picture Northerners like to paint. Slavery was the primary industry of the young United States — north and south. Regardless of political allegiance, it was a bottom-line economic issue. Many people involved in the trade would never admit in polite society their money came from slaves, but it didn’t make it less true. Our founding fathers left a real mess behind that hasn’t been entirely mopped up yet!


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