A recent letter to the editor (TNT, 1-21) led readers to believe how ungrateful black Americans have become to withdraw their support for the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator. It must be a mystery, in his view, to see so few nonwhite faces in the recent debate audiences cheering on their potential presidential nominees.
Yes, Democratic Party leaders in the South from Reconstruction to the advent of the civil rights movement initiated poll taxes and supported racial segregation with even the tacit support of non-Southern members of the Democratic Party. Of course, any cursory understanding of history since the end of World War II easily supports black Americans’ overwhelming distrust of Republican policies.
I’m not surprised the letter writer fails to note that Southern Democrats bolted from their national party from 1948 to become a part of the GOP over their opposition to civil rights legislation. These white supremacists continued to support separate but hardly equal public facilities, school segregation and restrictions on voting.
While Republicans in more recent times have accepted the elimination of these discriminatory and demeaning practices, there continues to be strong resistance on the part of most minority groups to trust a party whose race- baiting presidential nominees and supporters continue to avow.
Another reason for diminishing minority support for the Republican Party is the recent batch of voter ID laws in red states. Justification for such laws should be based on solid evidence of voter fraud. None exists.